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Makala, a film by Emmanuel Gras: The Central Missouri Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Association and the MU Africa Hub invite you to the film screeing of Makala on Friday, November 8. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Dr. Abadio Green Stocel, Creator of Pedagogy of the Mother Earth Program in Colombia & Founder of the Indigenous Organization of Antioquia will give a talk at MU "Indigenous Education in a Traditional University in Colombia: The Pedagody of the Mother Earth" on Tuesday, Nov 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Bush Auditorium in Cornell Hall. Register at


Quinceañera Baile & Benefit: Come dance with the Cambio Center's staff and board at the Industry at the Tiger Hotel on Saturday, December 7, 8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Tickets are $15/person and proceeds will go towards scholarships for Mizzou faculty, staff, and students to attend the 2020 Cambio de Colores Conference in St. Louis.


Welcome to Cambio Center's New Fellows! We welcome two Faculty Fellows:

Dr. Lupita Fábregas Janeiro is the State Director/4-H Center for Youth Development and Associate Extension Professor at MU. She has conducted research on program development, inclusion, intercultural competence, and diversity. You can read more about her: LFJ
Dr. Mansoo Yu is an Associate Professor of Social Work and Public Health at MU, Faculty Advisor for the MSW/MPH Dual Program, and Associate Director of the Center for Children and Families Across Cultures. His research focuses on health disparities and the interconnections of mental health, physical health, and health risk behavior (e.g., substance use) among various racial and ethnic groups. You can learn more about Dr. Yu at: MY

Cambio also welcomes six Student Fellows:

Chuka Nestor Emezue, Sinclair School of Nursing, MU

Chuka Nestor Emezue, MPH, MPA is a Ph.D. student, Delta Omega National public health inductee and Sinclair Fellow at the MU Sinclair School of Nursing. He holds a master’s degree in Public Health Policy from the MU School of Health Professions, and a masters in Public Affairs from the MU Truman School of Public Affairs. Chuka's research tailors culturally relevant stigma-informed interventions for minority male intimate partner abusers and/or survivors of partner violence across all ages, with particular emphasis on immigrant and rural populations. He is currently adapting and field-testing mobile health behavior change interventions that support the safety, wellbeing, and empowerment of survivors of partner violence and preventing recidivism among recently rehabilitated partner abusers. He remains passionate about global narratives, an equitable health policy agenda, proactive community engagement, and democratizing the power of storytelling in humanizing marginalized communities.

Monica Romero, Psychology, MU

My name is Monica Romero and my research interest relates to helping English Learner students. My research includes developing culturally sensitive assessment and interventions, dual-language learning instructions, the reading development of EL students with a specific learning disability, improving the utilization of evidence-based interventions, and Latinx families/school system collaboration. My research interest relates to the Cambio Center’s mission by bridging the research to practice gap among EL students and their families. Taking a social justice lens and advocating to improve a system for EL students. The hope is to foster change and provide inclusion for EL students and close the academic achievement gap.

Xiomara Cornejo, Theatre and Performance Studies, MU

Xiomara Cornejo’s research includes the integration of interactive theatre as an active learning method that functions across various fields and within diverse communities. Interactive theatre serves as a means of exploring social justice topics, including racism, xenophobia, sexual identity, and religious affiliation, and creates opportunities for folks from various walks of life and points of views to come together and examine these issues through theatre. Unlike most learning methods, theatre transcends language barriers and is a more inclusive and diverse form of promoting education and learning. Cornejo’s research practice also includes advocating for and producing multi-cultural theatre that celebrates personal narratives about the Latinx experience in the United States and Latin America.


Stephanie Hernández Rivera, Educational Leadership in Policy Analysis, MU

Hernandez Rivera's research interests are focused on the experiences of those who experience marginality at the intersection of multiple identities, specifically in higher education. This includes Women of Color, Queer Students of Color and Queer Women of Color. I have done narrative scholarly work about my own experiences as a Puerto Rican woman, engaging in practices of healing and resistance in higher education. I have also worked with Women of Color ofexperinecesdifferent ethnic identities and how they navigate institutions of higher learning. I am hoping my research will inform the actions, policies and practice of students, administrators, faculty, and practitioners.


Jenny Melo, Rural Sociology, MU

Melo's research focuses on analytical interdisciplinary frameworks to understand "green businesses" and "businesses of the biodiversity" boosted to improve the livelihood of rural communities in Latin America, paying special attention to its potential trade-offs. This helps to understand current socioeconomic dynamics in Latin American communities.


Andrés Felipe Mesa Valencia, Rural Sociology, MU

Mesa Valencia has a B.S. in Animal Science and an MSc in Food Science and Technology at the National University of Colombia. His field and research work have been oriented to the strengthening of food safety procedures for small producers to have access to markets, food security in Colombian rural areas, and characterizing functional foods to strengthen the value chain. Currently, he is researching on Latino students facing food insecurity on Campus and structuring the value chain with small producers. He is also working as a Graduate Assistant with the Cambio Center.


Did you know that the Cambio Center has a podcast? Through the support of the Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, the Cambio Casts were created. Listen to the first of our podcasts by clicking here. In this Cambio Cast, Lisa Dorner, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis shares some of her research on bilingual education. This first episode is hosted by Elmer Guardado. Stay tuned for more podcasts this semester!


Save the Date! The 2020 Cambio de Colores Conference: We are happy to announce that the date is set for the 19th Annual Cambio de Colores Conference. Next year's conference will be June 17-19, 2020 at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. Click here to join the Cambio de Colores Conference mailing list to receive updates.

2020 Save the date

Cafecito and Coursework: Looking for a place to study for your comps, write your dissertation, or study for a course? The Cambio Center is a comfortable place to study every Tuesday this Fall 2019! We will have some cafecito to keep you awake and comfortable chairs to work!


Forum on Latin@/Latinx/Hispanic Identity: Thank you to all that attended the event on October 24th where Dr. Irma Arteaga, Dr. Gustavo Carlo, Xiomara Cornejo, and Nathan Cordero shared their perspectives on Latin@/Latinx/Hispanic identity.

Latinx Identity

Cambio Center Director Stephen Jeanetta presented at The Bridge Latinos in Missouri on Thursday, October 17, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. We had a wonderful discussion about demographic changes, population concentrations, contributions, issues and challenges Latinx communities encounter. He also spoke about some of the work the Cambio Center has done throughout the years in various communities of Missouri.

Welcome Back: Thank you to all of you that joined us for Cambio's Welcome Back this past Wednesday, August 28th, 2:00-3:30 p.m. It was a great way to kick off Cambio's Quinceañera!

Share Your Story Roundtables: The second Cambio Center event celebrating our 15th anniversary was Friday, September 27, 3:30-5:00 p.m. at Memorial Union. We thank those that could join us and hope new friendships and collaborations came out of this meeting.

2018 Conference Proceedings: The Proceedings are now available! Click here to view them online.

Cambio de Colores Conference:The 2019 Conference "Welcoming Immigrants and Newcomers in Turbulent Times: Knowledge, Connections and Action" was held June 5-7 in Columbia, Missouri. We had researchers, practitioners, and students from all over the US come to share their work. Videos of the four plenary sessions will be posted soon!

Policy Brief "The Implications of In-State Resident Tuition Policies on Immigrant Health in the U.S.": Cambio Center board member and fellows Stephanie Potochnick and Olivia Piontek, Masters student at the Truman School of Public Affairs share this policy brief. Click here to read.

Welcome Verónica! The Cambio Center is happy to welcome Verónica Pérez-Picasso as the new coordinator of the center. Verónica brings an excellent skill set and a wealth of experience to the Cambio Center. Most recently, she has been teaching Spanish here at Mizzou while completing her doctoral level coursework. Prior to joining MU, she has worked in non-profit fields in the arts and health sector in Texas, as well as secondary and university level education and as a language teacher and translator in the US and Mexico. As an ABD, she is researching the role of motherhood in Mexican film and literature for her dissertation. She started Jan. 14, 2019.

October 2018: After 5+ years with the Cambio Center, our coordinator Lindsey Saunders moved on. The position was available for applications through November 7.

Scientific Evidence: The Society for Research in Child Development released "The Science is Clear: Separating Families has Long-Term Damaging Psychological & Health Consequences...". Thanks to the invited experts, including MU's Dr. Gustavo Carlo, for this summary of scientific evidence.

Changing Communities: In the U.S. today, one in four (24%) young people under 18 years old, are Hispanic/Latino. Also, one in four (24%) young people aged 0-17 are either immigrants or have at least one parent who is an immigrant. Learn more about America's youth:

Youth demographics

Cambio eBriefs are short introductions to our fellows' research topics for a general audience. They seek to connect our communities to the research findings and initiatives of university researchers and their colleagues.

ebrief 18 cover Examining Storylines of Emergent Bilinguals in Algebra Textbooks
by Zandra de Araujo, Erin Smith, and Amy Dwiggins - digital version and print version
Developing Inclusive Multilingual Family Literacy Projects
by Lisa M. Dorner, Edwin Bonney, Lina Trigos-Carrillo, Kim Song, and Sujin Kim - digital version
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See other eBriefs and Cambio publications.


2018 Conference Proceedings
(Published June 2019)
Cambio de Colores: Latinx in the Heartland: Fostering Resilience and Cross-Cultural Connections. Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference: June 6-8, 2018, Kansas City, Missouri

Download full 2018 Proceedings book, free of charge.

2017 Conference Proceedings
(Published June 2018)
Cambio de Colores: Todos Juntos: Collaboration and Unity in Uncertain Times. Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference: June 14-16, 2017, St. Louis, Missouri

Download full 2017 Proceedings book, free of charge. 

Research Brief: "Reversing Welfare Reform? Examining the effects of policy changes on Mexican immigrant families", by Dr. Stephanie Potochnick
How has the 2002 Farm Bill influenced food insecurity rates and food stamp participation among low-income Mexican immigrant families? Read full brief out of the Institute for Public Policy.

October 2017 - See the semester calendar of events about immigrants and immigration policy.

September 2017
DACA Panel on Monday, September 18, 2017

MU Statement on DACA: "... we request a fair and compassionate solution to support the young people who have been placed in desperate situations through no fault of their own. More than 35 DACA students attend the University of Missouri System campuses, and they are charged the same tuition that applies to international students, as per state law. We will work closely with our DACA students to provide support and guidance during this period of uncertainty.”

See resources list provided by MU Voz Latina.

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