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Cambio Center Fellows


Cambio Center fellows are faculty, academic staff, and others involved in the activities detailed in the Mission Statement. They may be members of the University of Missouri system or other institutions interested in cooperating with the Center’s educational, research, and outreach activities, and willing to develop programs with other Center fellows.

The Cambio Center actively promotes the scholarship of its fellows and their mentored students, and supports their efforts to seek funding for collaborative work among Center fellows to address the Center's goals. See updates from our Fellows.

People interested in becoming fellows are encouraged to contact the Cambio Center. Fellows are selected and invited to participate by the Cambio Center Board. Learn more about the Student Fellows program.

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What follows is the current list of Cambio Center Fellows (as of 8 May, 2019), and information about their interests related to the center's mission.

Faculty Fellows

Denice Adkins, Associate Professor, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, College of Education, MU

Denice Adkins is an associate professor at the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri, and co-editor of Journal of Education for Library & Information Science. She has been a Fulbright Scholar to Honduras, president of REFORMA (The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking), secretary-treasurer of Association for Library and Information Science Education, and councilor-at-large for the American Library Association. Her research interests include public libraries, services to the Latinx community, and services fordiverse library users.

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Donette Alonzo, Senior HR Specialist, University of Missouri Systems


Dr. Alonzo's research has involved Mexican-American women in higher education and the factors that influence their challenges and successes.

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Claire E. Altman, Assistant Professor in Department of Health Sciences and the Truman School of Public Affairs, MU

As a social demographer, her work broadly focuses on population health and immigrant well-being. She has done research on topics such as obesity, fertility, weight perceptions, and self-assessed health. Her current research examines the role of legal status on health and life course transitions for young adult unauthorized immigrants.

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Irma Arteaga, Associate Professor, Truman School of Public Affairs, MU

Dr. Arteaga examines the role of contextual factors and program dosage, intensity, and components on children’s well-being. Her research agenda has three dominant themes: analysis of the short-term effects of early childhood interventions and program delivery on children’s well-being, analysis of the long-term effects of child policy on children’s well-being, and analysis of early childhood investments in the developing world.

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Ryan Barker, Vice President of Health Policy, Missouri Foundation for Health

Mr. Barker has research interests in the health policy issues of uninsured, underinsured, and underserved. He is currently serving as the Director of the Expanding Coverage targeted initiative and oversees the Cover Missouri Coalition. He has developed expertise on Missouri’s Medicaid program, health equity, federal health reform issues, and policy options to provide health coverage for the uninsured.

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Roxana Botezatu, Assistant Professor,Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Dr. Botezatu uses bilingualism and post-stroke aphasia as platforms for investigating the cognitive mechanisms underlying word recognition and retrieval in adults. Specifically, she uses behavioral and electrophysiological measures to evaluate: dynamics of spoken and written word recognition, the relationship between language production and comprehension, and the interaction of the two languages in the bilingual brain.

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Gustavo Carlo, Millsap Professor of Diversity and Multicultural Studies in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, MU and Director of the Center for Children and Families Across Cultures

His main research interests are in the roles of culture, personality, and parenting on positive youth development. He has several ongoing projects focusing on Latinos in various regions of the U.S., Spain, and Argentina. Dr. Carlo was a faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and co-founded the Latino Research Initiative and Latino Youth Mentoring Program in Nebraska. He has served on the boards of various community organizations.

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Stephen Christ, Assistant Teaching Professor in the Honors College, University of Missouri Kansas City

Dr. Christ's research explores the everyday experiences of Mexican immigrants in the US as a basis for Mexican-American identity formation. Their daily life at home, work, and in public life impact their sense of personal identity, their relationships and interactions with their families and community, and the identity work that goes into producing such categories and social worlds.

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Kathryn Chval, Dean College of Education and Professor of Mathematics Education, MU

Dr. Chval's research interests include effective methods for teaching mathematics to Latina/o emergent bilingual learners.

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Deborah Cohen, Associate Professor, History and the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Missouri –St. Louis

She specializes in the interrelationship between migration and questions of race, gender, and nation formation in Mexico and the U.S. Her manuscript, “Bordering Modernities: Race, Masculinity, and the Cultural Politics of Mexico-US Migration,” examines mid-twentieth century Mexican migration to the United States to show how race, modernity, and national identity in Mexico and the United States have been made in relation to each other and have reinforced the differences screened for at the border.

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Daisy Collins, Reading Foundations and Technology, Missouri State University

Dr. Daisy Barrón Collins has actively advocated for the Hispanic community and other minority groups in southwest Missouri for more than 16 years. Her areas of research include Hispanic women/Latinas in higher education and leadership, bilingualism, adaptation, organizational frameworks, health and minorities, educational foundations, and multicultural education.Since 2013 Barrón Collins teaches multicultural education at Missouri State University; in 2017, she oversaw the Spanish Department at Southwest Baptist University, she is an interpreter and translator, and has been part of the bilingual programs with the Greene County libraries in Springfield, MO. Barrón Collins holds a TESOL certificate from Cambridge University, has a bachelor’s in Information Technology and Spanish from the Universidad de Guadalajara, campus Lamar, Guadalajara, Mexico. A bachelor degree in Mass Communications and Spanish, from Evangel University, Springfield, Missouri, a Master’s degree in arts of teaching and Spanish from Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri and an Educational Leadership doctoral degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri.

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Juanamaría Cordones-Cook, Curators’ Distinguished Research Professorand Catherine Paine Middlebush Professor of Romance Languages

Juanamaría Cordones-Cook is the University of Missouri Curators’ Distinguished Research Professor and the Catherine Paine Middlebush Professor of Romance Languages. Her scholarship includes contemporary Spanish American literature, theater, and visual arts with focus on Afro-Hispanic intellectuals and artists. With an extensive record of published journal articles and award-winning books and films, Cordones-Cook has been able to give image, sound, and movement to her research through the production and direction of audiovisuals: oral histories and documentaries. An Emmy nominated filmmaker,Cordones-Cook has built a panoramic compendium and memory of Havana’s Black Renaissance with over twenty-four documentaries on artists and writers of the African Diaspora with emphasis on Cuba.

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Emily Crawford-Rossi, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, College of Education, MU

Emily Crawford-Rossi, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis(ELPA). She is also a faculty affiliate with the Harry S.Truman School of Public Affairs and a fellow with the MU Cambio Center. Dr.Crawford-Rossi’s research explores issues related to leadership and immigration in Pk-12 public schools in urban and rural contexts. Specifically, her research examines the intersections among immigration policy, educational policy and leadership, and ethics. Her projects seek to understand the ways Pk-12 educators—particularly school leaders—perceive and provide educational and schooling access for immigrant students and families of mixed legal status. Her work has been published in a number of top journals including Educational Administration Quarterly, Educational Policy, Equity & Excellence in Education, Journal of School Leadership, Urban Education, International Journal of Qualitative Studies and Education and others. She is a Senior Associate Editor for the American Journal of Education.

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Anne Dannerbeck Janku, Research Associate Professor, School of Social Work, MU

Anne serves as a consultant for the National Drug Court Institute. She helps programs identify how to better meet the needs of underserved populations who have traditionally been sentenced to incarceration rather than being treated for substance use disorders. She has been involved with the Cambio Center since its inception. She collaborated with MU colleagues on a federally funded study to understand how Hispanic newcomers get by and get ahead in new settlement communities of the midwest.

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Zandra de Araujo, Associate Professor in Mathematics Education, Co-Director of the MPER Partnership for Educational Renewal, Director of the MPER Early Career Scholars Program, Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum, College of Education, MU

Zandra de Araujo is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum at the University of Missouri. She earned her B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Florida, M.Ed in Mathematics Education fromthe University of Central Florida, and Ph.D in Mathematics Education from the University of Georgia. Dr. deAraujo is a former public high school mathematics teacher and she currently teaches courses for elementary and secondary preservice teachers, inservice teachers, and graduate students. Araujo’s research examines teachers’ use of mathematics curriculum, particularly with emergent bilingual students.

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Lisa M. Dorner, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, College of Education, MU

Lisa M. Dorner, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and a Fellow of the Cambio Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her research centers on language policy and planning, educational policy implementation, and immigrant childhoods, especially children's and families' integration in "new" spaces ( As co-founder of the Missouri Dual Language Network, Lisa enjoys connecting people and resources for dual language learning and policy development ( She also works with local agencies and educators to develop online curricula and conversations about the immigrant experience
( and from 2017-2022, she has co-led a US Department of Education National Professional Development project titled "Strengthening Equity and Effectiveness for Teachers of English Learners." Lisa's publications may be found in the American Educational Research Journal, American Journal of Education, Educational Policy, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Review of Research in Education, and Theory into Practice.

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Lisa Y. Flores, Professor, Educational, School, & Counseling Psychology, College of Education, MU

She is Program Director for the Counseling Psychology program. Her research area examines the educational and career decision-making of Mexican Americans; her recent work has focused on factors associated with the persistence of Latinx in engineering. Her expertise is in vocational psychology and multicultural counseling.

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Matt Foulkes, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Geography, MU

Dr. Foulkes current research interests include migration patterns and behaviors of the rural poor, ethnographic approaches to population geography, geography of food insecurity, affordable housing and manufactured housing communities, environmental knowledge transfer in the exurbs.

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Karen Funkenbusch, Extension Assistant Professionals, State Health and Safety Extension Specialist, Director/PI Missouri's Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program, University of Missouri Extension, Human Environmental Sciences, and Missouri AgrAbility Program Director/PI, University of Missouri Extension

Karen’s main outreach, research, and teaching interest include agricultural health, safety, wellness and quality of life issues for Spanish speaking and other under served populations who are farmers and ranchers or who want to become self-employed as a farmer or rancher in an agricultural sector. She co-developed the “Let's Talk About Arthritis” (Hablemos sobre artritis) train-the-trainer program with the National Center for Farmworker Health, Missouri Arthritis, Research and Training Center, and Missouri AgrAbility Project

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Jere Gilles, Associate Professor, Rural Sociology, CAFNR, MU

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Eleazar González, Research Associate, Social Sciences Community Development; Cambio Centerand Executive Director, Missouri Granjero Cooperative

Dr. Gonzalez has participated in multiple programs that build the social and economic capacities of Latinos in Missouri. His research and teaching interests are in economic-sociology, including social entrepreneurship, agribusiness, collective action, community development, and health literacy. Since 2003, he has been actively researching and teaching Latino communities. Lately, his main goal has been to help Latino farmers and ranchers to gain knowledge and awareness of support programs, as well as helping them to enhance skills and attitudes to successfully integrate into the sustainable agriculture industry.

Alejandra Gudiño, Educational Programming Coordinator, Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, MU

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Deborah Hume, Associate Teaching Professor in Health Sciences and in the Master of Public Health Program, MU

Dr. Hume's work in teaching and promoting public health has included topics concerning immigrant health, migration and public health, and human trafficking.

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Keith Jamtgaard, Research Associate and Research Assistant Professor, Office of Social and Economic Data (OSEDA), MU

He is responsible for administering surveys to Missouri public schools related to school culture, as well as the experiences of educators in their first year of teaching or administration – relevant for the Educator Preparation Programs that they attended.

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Stephen C. Jeanetta, Extension Associate Professor, State Specialist Community Development, Rural Sociology, Community Development, CAFNR, MU

Steve is interested in programs that build the capacity of communities and community organizations so they can better understand and address the issues presented by recent population changes. Current Research includes developing an understanding of how the leaders of successful community organizations sustain organizational efforts over time and assessing the capacity of communities to manage change. He has expertise in organizational development, planning, facilitation and community development process.

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Sarah Killoren, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Science, MU

Dr. Killoren's research interests include family relationships, culture, and Latino adolescent and young adult adjustment, contributions of parents and siblings to adolescents’ sexual health and positive development, and parent-adolescent and sibling relationship dynamics.

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Sujin Kim, Assistant Professor, Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners, College of Education and Human Development, George Mason University

Dr. Kim's research interests include bilingual/literacy education for diverse learners, immigrant youth identity development, and language education policy. She is currently working on how teachers can implement translanguaging pedagogy in superdiverse classroom contexts.

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Mary S. Leuci, Director of Engaged Scholarship and Missouri Campus Compact, Extension Associate Professor, University of Missouri Extension and Engagement.

Her emphasis area is engagement—the application of research and fostering of inclusion and civic/community engagement on college campuses as part of Missouri Campus Compact. Her research has focused on organizational learning.

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Gabrielle Malfatti-Rachell, Director of International and Intercultural Initiatives; Associate Teaching Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, College of Education, MU

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Mónica Marcos-Llinàs, Associate Teaching Professor of Spanish, Romance Languages & Literatures, Arts & Sciences, MU

Her research areas are second and foreign language learning, language teaching and pragmatics. She looks forward to contributing to the development of new knowledge and teachingpractices.

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Gerardo Martínez, Director of Intercultural Engagement & Inclusion (Alianzas)

Gerardo Martinez received his Master’s in Business Administration at the Regiomontana University in Monterrey, México in 1990. He moved to Toronto, Canada, to continue his education giving him professional experiences in one of the world’s most multi-cultural cities for almost ten years. In 2000, he moved to the USA to work for Franklin Covey Co. in Utah. Five years later he moved to Missouri and joined Mattie Rhodes Center in KCMO, serving the Latinx communities. Gerardo received the “Spirit Award” for his outstanding dedication and service to Latinx families that had a child with developmental disabilities. He is certified on “Crossing Cultures with Competence” from Dr. Ann Copeland, “Culture Ambassador for Intercultural Management and Organizational Culture” from Dr. Geert Hostede & recently "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" (in Spanish), from Dr. Stephen R. Covey. Currently, he works as the Director of Intercultural Engagement & Inclusion (Alliances) at University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC)-Institute of Human Development (IHD). Alianzas is a joint project with University of Missouri Extension to address the needs and concerns of Latinx families throughout the state. His passion for advocacy for Latinx families is reflected in his continual dedication to this population. He is responsible for the statewide program called: Alianzas. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Cambio of the Ozarks, a non-profit dedicated to promote diversity and inclusion of multi-cultural residents in Branson, Missouri. He is also a board director for the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council (MODDC). Gerardo has been blessed as a husband and father of six children. He and his family live in Independence, Missouri.

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Miriam M. Martinez, Assistant Research Professor, Human Development and Family Science, MU

Dr. Martinez is interested in the socio-contextual determinants of ethnic/racial health disparities, and childhood and adolescent development of self-regulation among ethnic minority populations.

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Rebecca G. Martínez, Assistant Professor, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Arts & Sciences, MU

She is interested on identity, cultural knowledge, and health issues and the effects of assimilation on health, as well as on reproductive health. More broadly, her interests include the experience of immigrant women from Mexico and Central America.

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Domingo Martínez Castilla, Retired Research Associate, CAFNR International Programs, MU

He was the first director of the Cambio Center (2004-2015) and has been involved in the “Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) –Latinos in Missouri” annual statewide conference since its inception in 2002 until 2015 when he retired. He started working at Mizzou in 1991 as a research associate in the office of International Programs at the College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (CAFNR). He has done research or consulted in many Latin American countries and in Kenya. As a personal project, he is the creator and editor of Ciberayllu, a pioneer Spanish language webzine (1996-2010).

Pilar Mendoza, Associate Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) and the Director of the International Research Center for the Development Education (CIIDE) in the College of Education

She was PI and co-PI in two projects focused on development of higher education in the country of Colombia sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development. She received the 2018 International Engagement Award, presented by MU’s Council on International Initiatives, for her meaningful and sustained commitments to international initiatives on behalf of the University of Missouri. Dr. Mendoza's research focuses on academic capitalism and its implications to the academic profession, production of knowledge, graduate education, as well as to issues of student affordability and retention from an international and comparative perspective. A productive author, Dr. Mendoza has published book chapters, monographs, an edited book, and numerous journal articles which have appeared in the top journals in the field. She has served in the editorial boards of The Journal of Higher Education, Community College Review, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and Journal of Education Finance.

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Alejandro (Alex) Morales, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

His main areas of interest are in (1) Latino immigrant families with children who serve as translators and interpreters for their parents and other adults (2) immigrant sexual minorities and their adjustment to U.S. culture, and (3) qualitative and mixed methods research with underserved groups.

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Nadia Navarrete Tindall, Native Plants and More

She is interested in working to integrate immigrants into their new communities by helping them understand their new natural surroundings. She has been the founder and coordinator of Columbia Verde ("Green Columbia"), which offers bilingual conservation education events. Conservation Education will help immigrants to get connected to their new natural surroundings.

Jamille Palacios Rivera, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, MU

Dr. Palacios's research examines the farm labor market. Her research agenda includes – labor markets, immigration, and related public and corporate social responsibility policies.

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Francisco Palermo, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, MU

Dr. Palermo conducts research examining Latino/a children’s acquisition of English as a second language, school readiness, and early school success. He is particularly interested in identifying the types of experiences with parents, teachers, and peers that foster Latino/a children’s well-being, as well as the environmental and cultural factors that protect them from adverse childhood experiences such as poverty.

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Stephanie R. Potochnick, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs and Public Health, Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs, MU

Her research examines the social demography of immigration and how programs and policies can promote the education and health of immigrant youth. She has developed an interdisciplinary perceptive that examines how social, political, and economic constraints influence immigrant assimilation and shape the context of migrant reception.

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Iván Reyna, Associate Professor of Spanish, Romance Languages & Literatures, Arts & Sciences, MU

Iván is especially interested in the ways in which alternative and marginal discourses are created by Latino newcomers during the process of interacting with their new reality.

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María Rodríguez-Alcalá, County Engagement Specialist in Community Economic Development – University of Missouri Extension, Jasper County

Maria E. Rodriguez-Alcalá is a field faculty in Community Economic Development with the University of Missouri Extension inCarthage, Missouri. Her B.S. and M.S. degrees are in agricultural economics and her Ph.D. is in Rural Sociology with an emphasis in sustainable development. She participated in several interdisciplinary research projects through the years including agricultural trade, international development, sustainable development at the community level, racial issues in Latin America, Hispanics access to healthcare in the US, Hispanics farmers’ access to resources in the US. Before attaining her doctorate degree, she taught various courses at the undergraduate level in applied economics and advised undergraduate students. She is a native of Paraguay and has lived in the states of Texas, Washington and Missouri.

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Anna M. Romero, Founder of, Adviser to, and Leader in Hispanic/Latino organizations across campus

She is interested in coverage of Hispanics/Latinos in media, hiring and retention of Hispanics/Latinos in newsrooms, and research dealing with Hispanics/Latinos in advertising.


J.S. Onésimo (Ness) Sandoval, Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Public and Social Policy Ph.D. program and Director of the Sociology MA program at Saint Louis University

Dr. Sandoval's primary research interests focus on the intersection of Demographic Techniques and Computational Spatial Science to study spatial inequality in American cities. His research projects include Latino Demography projects that study Latino Pueblos and Hyper-Pueblos, the geography of racialized Latinos, and Pan-Latino Populations. The research projects are unified by an underlying theoretical concern with the intersection of inequality, race, and space with a specific focus on how Latinidad shapes urban and rural places. His research projects demonstrate his willingness to foster a methodological pluralism that facilitates the study of time-honored questions in refreshing and innovative ways. He has consciously designed his projects to initiate a dialogue that promotes new directions for scholarship that interrogates the meaning of Latino (e.g., Latinx) as a social and demographic construct.

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Corinne Valdivia, Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics and D. Howard Doane Professor of Agricultural Economics, Division of Applied Social Sciences, College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources, MU and CambioCenter Founding Fellow

Her research focus is on livelihood strategies and the factors that contribute to economic integration, entrepreneurship, and wellbeing in rural communities of the Midwest. She studies the individual and contextualfactors in the process of inclusion or exclusion in changing communities in the Midwest, and the process of adaptation to climate and market drivers in rural communities of the Andes in Bolivia and Peru, using collaborative and interdisciplinary translational research processes.

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James B. Wirth, Adjunct Instructor of Sociology and Retired Specialist, University of Missouri Extension, Springfield, MO

His continued survey-based research on Latinos in southwest Missouri deals with perceptions by both immigrants and service providers.

Angie Zapata, Assistant Professor, Department of Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum, College of Education, MU

Angie Zapata’s research and teaching focuses on the promise of diverse children’s picture books for students’ language and literacy learning and cultural identities. She has been recognized as the 2017 Early Career Researcher by the National Council of Teacher’s of English Children’s Literature Assembly and the University of Missouri Provost Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award. Her research publications can be found in the Journal of Literacy Research, Research in the Teaching of English, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, and Journal of Children’s Literature.

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Student Fellows

Former Fellows (Retired, moved, or change in focus)

Former Graduate Student Fellows

Information on Student Fellows Program
The Cambio Center invites graduate students whose interests are relevant to the Cambio Center Mission to become Student Fellows. The Student Fellows are integrated into the network of Fellows at the Center. Each Student Fellow should have a mentor from amongst Cambio Center Faculty Fellows, and we will help interested students identify a relevant Fellow. If you are interested, contact The Center will ask for a copy of your CV and a short statement about your interests related to the Cambio Mission.

The Student Fellows meet monthly during the school year to support their networking, to share their work and provide feedback, and to determine what activities or other support may be of interest and use to them.