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Research & Outreach on Latinos and Changing Communities in Missouri

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Cambio Center Research & Outreach Activities

 

Current Activities

Outreach

Cambio de Colores 2014 - Latinos in the Heartland
Growing Together in New Destination Areas
June 25-57, 2014, Columbia, Missouri
Thirteenth Annual Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors): A Multi-State Conference about Integration of Immigrants
More information at: www.cambiodecolores.org or www.LatinosInTheHeartland.com

Research

Current Grant-Based Research Project

Completed Research Projects

  • Asset Accumulation Strategies in Three Communities with New Latino Settlements (USDA-CSREES Competitive Grants Program). 2006-2010
  • “Improving the Use of USDA Programs among Hispanic and Latino Farmers and Ranchers”  (PI Steve Jeanetta)
    One-year grant from USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers (OASDFR), through the Lyons, Nebraska, Center for Rural Affairs. (Report coming soon)
  • Promotoras de Salud
    (Grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health 2008-2010)
    A two-year health literacy program that will serve as the bridge between the providers of health care services and the targeted Latino community, in collaboration with Columbia’s Centro Latino.
  • Targeting Immigration in Missouri and the Midwest, and its relationship with the Americas (UM Strategic Initiatives) 2004-2008

For other events, please consult the shared MU Americas Calendar.

Past events

(Cambio de Colores books of Proceedings are free to download from the Cambio Center Library.)

Cambio de Colores 2013 - Latinos in the Heartland
Positive Steps Toward a Pluralist Society
June 12-14, 2013, St. Louis, Missouri
Twelfth Annual Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors): A Multi-State Conference about Integration of Immigrants

December 5, 2012: Cambio Center Research Webinar: "Methodological Approaches and Considerations for Community Action Research with Latino Communities" - from the 3-year research project Immigrant Integration & Sustainable Rural Development: Linking Receiving & Newcomer Communities, funded by Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, National Institute for Food and Agriculture, USDA. Webinar sponsored by the Sponsored by NCERA-216 – Latinos and Immigrants in Midwestern Communities and The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development. (Flyer)

Cambio de Colores 2012 - Latinos in the Heartland: At the Crossroads: ¿Incorporation or Marginalization?
Eleventh Annual Cambio de colores (Change of Colors): A Multi-State Conference about Integration of Immigrants
June 13-15, 2012, Columbia, Missouri

Cambio de Colores 2011 - Latinos in the Heartland: "Migration and Shifting Human Landscapes" 
Tenth Annual Cambio de colores (Change of Colors): A Multi-State Conference about Integration of Immigrants
June 8-10, 2011, Kansas City, Missouri
Conference Director: Domingo Martínez, Cambio Center, University of Missouri.

Cambio de Colores 2010 - Latinos in the Heartland: "Latinos and Immigrants in Midwestern Communities"
Ninth Annual Cambio de colores (Change of Colors): A Multi-State Conference about Integration of Immigrants
Stoney Creek Inn, Columbia, Missouri, May 24-26, 2010
Conference Director: Domingo Martínez, Cambio Center, University of Missouri.

Cambio de Colores 2009 - Latinos in the Heartland
Eighth Annual Cambio de colores (Change of Colors): A Multi-State Conference about Integration of Immigrants May 18-20, 2009, at the Millennium Center, University of Missouri - St. Louis.
Conference Chair: Domingo Martínez, Cambio Center director.

Coloquio Internacional "Migrantes regionales en las Américas. Casos de Argentina, Brasil, Chile y Estados Unidos" (International Colloquium “Regional Migrants in the Américas. Cases of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and the United States”)
A Cambio Center Strategic Initiatives project, in cooperation with Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad de Chile, and the Centro de Estudios Migratorios Latinoamericanos (CEMLA).
September 8-9, 2008, Buenos Aires, Argentina
(More information available - in Spanish)

1st Student Midwest Latino Research Symposium: Los Pioneros del Futuro
(September 26-27, 2008)
This Symposium has been cancelled. Please stay tuned to the Cambio de Colores 2009 conference that will cover some of the issues.

Cambio de Colores 2008 - Uniting Cultures / Uniendo Culturas
Seventh Annual Cambio de Colores Conference on integration of immigrants and changing communities.
April 7-9, 2008, Stoney Creek Inn, Columbia, Missouri
Conference Chair: Lisa Flores, Cambio Center fellow.

Cambio de Colores 2007 - Everyone Together / Todos juntos
Sixth Annual Cambio de Colores Conference on integration of immigrants and changing communities.
April 2-4, 2007, Marriott Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri
Conference Chair: Christina Vasquez-Case, Cambio Center fellow.

Regional Workshop: Cambio de Colores in Southwest Missouri: A Workshop for Healthier Communities
Crowder College, Neosho, Missouri - September 29, 2006
This was the first one-day event organized by the Cambio Center, with support of Crowder College, Ozark Regional Alliance, MU Extension, and Missouri State University, to extend the annual conference to different regions of the state.
Details at the Workshop's website.

Cambio de Colores 2006 - Latinos in Missouri: Beyond Borders
Fifth annual conference on immigration and changing communities
April 19-21, 2006, Stoney Creek Inn, Columbia, Missouri
Conference Chair: Anne Dannerbeck, Cambio Center fellow.

Brown Bag Seminars

The Cambio Center hosts Brown Bag seminars, open to the public. The following academic event was a special Cambio Center Research Seminar that wrapped up the academic calendar 2005-06:

  • Thursday May 4th., 2006
    "Targeting Immigration in Missouri and the Midwest, and its relationship with the Americas"
    A progress report about the Strategic Initiatives research thrusts of the Cambio Center
    Anne Dannerbeck, Social Work: "Understanding and responding to the needs of the second generation"
    Lisa Flores, Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology: "Students, teachers & parents experiences in the school system"
    Pedro Dozi & Corinne Valdivia, Agricultural Economics: "Livelihoods Strategies of Latinos in Receiving Communities"
    Domingo Martínez, Cambio Center: "International Thrust - Border Immigration in the Americas"

Multi-state Retreat: Latinos in the Heartland: The Need for a Collaborative Research Agenda (January 13-14, 2006)

This was a small-group, open discussion retreat bringing together researchers of Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas, currently involved in Latino-focused projects or who desire to become part of a regional group of scholars conducting collaborative research in this broad area. A report will follow.

Visiting scholars

  • October 10-14, 2005
    Dr. Miguel A. Carranza, Associate Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies, Department of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Ethnic Studies. University of Nebraska Lincoln.
    Professor Carranza met with Fellows of the Cambio Center, directed a colloquy on current research on Latinos in the Heartland, and worked with the Cambio Center to organize a retreat in January, 2006.
    Host Fellow: Anne Dannerbeck, 882-3594
  • March 29-April 1, 2005
    Dr. Miguel A. Carranza, Associate Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies, Department of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Ethnic Studies. University of Nebraska Lincoln.
    Professor Carranza met with Fellows of the Cambio Center on March 29 and 30. He gave a Seminar on March 29, at the Division of Applied Social Sciences. He also was a speaker at the Cambio de Colores 2005 Conference.
    Host Fellows: Anne Dannerbeck, 882-3594; Corinne Valdivia, 882-4020
  • March 29 through April 13th, 2005
    Dr. Emma Zapata Martelo, Professor of Sociology, Colegio de Postgraduados, Texcoco Mexico.
    Her research focuses on the impact of transfers on women in rural communities of Mexico. She spoke at the Cambio de Colores Conference and worked with Center fellows to discuss student and faculty tours to Mexico. Dr. Zapata also discuss ed potential research on the livelihood of women newcomers in Missouri. and did some fieldwork in immigrant enclaves in Missouri.
    Host Fellow: Corinne Valdivia, 882-4020

The scope of planned activities for the Cambio Center include:

  • Cambio de Colores conference (lead institutional role)
    • Annual 3-day conference (state-of-the-art research, outreach, and best practices)
    • Edition and publication of conference proceedings
    • Online library of resources, outputs and linkages
    • Networking and linkages of communities of practice using mainly IT facilities (bulletin boards, electronic list servers)
    • One Day Cambio de Colores workshops focused on addressing specific topics or regions
    • Collaborating with other states: working with universities and centers of immigration and Latino Studies in both research and extension.
  1. Research on Latinos, Communities, and Economic Development
    • Basic and applied research on the issues of immigration, integration of newcomers, context of reception, economic and community development
    • Promoting scholarship of faculty and graduate students on Latinos and immigration in Missouri
    • Mentoring research with undergraduates and advising graduate students
    • Collaboration across states on rural immigration issues affecting Missouri and the Midwest region.
    • Publications of proceedings, journals, reports, and collaboration with Latinos in Missouri, Missouri Action Research Connection (MARC), Rural Sociology, OSEDA and others.
  1. Education- Strengthening training in disciplines relevant to cultural competence in a diverse Missouri
    • Context of reception: responding to the needs of changing communities
    • Law/Civil Rights: immigration law, racial profiling
    • Health: approaches in accessing culturally competent health,  policy issues,  training, and best practices
    • Social Sciences: economic integration, globalization, immigration, community development, trade, leadership development
    • Education: early childhood, English Language Learners K-12, higher education, adult education, mentoring
    • Social Work: youth and families wellbeing
    • Agriculture: Latinos in agriculture, including producers and migrant farm workers
    • Journalism: coverage of Latinos, and Latinos in the media business
    • Language skills
  1. Outreach-  Strengthening the network of community-based and business organizations, practitioners, educators, and researchers through Cambio de Colores  in the state and the Midwest
    • The Cambio Center will coordinate activities with Alianzas, an outreach program of the University of Missouri Extension and the Institute for Human Development at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
    • The Cambio de Colores annual conference is a very important resource and networking hub for private and state and local-government agencies that provide services to the immigrant population and the receiving communities. Those relationships need to continue, now with the Center serving as an axis for the development of networks.
    • State agencies: Attorney General, DESE, DED, HSS, Higher Ed., Revenue, Social Services, Mental Health
    • Local governments: city and county offices of education, health, civil rights, community development
    • Higher education institutions: UM system, SMSU, SEMO, SLU
    • Collaborating with higher education and extension institutions in Missouri and other states
    • Latino grassroots and promotion organizations (e.g. Chambers of Commerce, advocacy groups, Centros Latinos, Guadalupe Center)
    • Governor's Commission of Hispanic Affairs

 

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