In October 2004, the Cambio Center was established by the University of Missouri to fulfill the following objectives:
- Contribute to the University's mandate to provide education and enhance the welfare of all residents of the state of Missouri in the context of the dramatic demographic changes that are resulting in dynamic, multicultural, and diverse societies.
- Develop a premier source of knowledge, scholarship, outreach, and education, following the land-grant mission model, to respond to the effects of globalization in local communities, both rural and urban.
- Support sustained research to understand the immigration process in Missouri in particular and the Midwest in general.
- Provide knowledge and best practices to facilitate a smooth integration of economically vulnerable newcomers to Missouri and the Midwest, and prepare all citizens for a diverse society.
- Provide an institutional scholarly base to extend the Cambio de Colores initiative beyond the scope of the annual conferences, sustaining immigration-related research and outreach work of the university
- International Mission: Understand the international nature of different immigration processes, the cultures and institutions (economic and social) of Latin America, as a major trading partner, and a major source of the Latino labor force in our state. Collaboration with Latin American universities will provide opportunities to better educate our faculty, students, and communities. We aim to develop the conditions for comparative studies of current push and pull immigration processes in the Americas.