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Cambio Center News - January 2010

From Cambio Center Fellows

Did you know?

Not a math riddle:  In the United States, according to U.S. Census Bureau’s figures, out of the 2.2 million people added to the 0-19 age group between the years 2000 and 2008, 3.9 million were Hispanic.  Yes, that is correct: non-Hispanic  youth numbers decreased by 1.7 million in that period: a reduction of 2.6 percent in the non-Hispanic younger population was more than offset by a growth of 28.6 percent in the number of Hispanic children.

On the other side, in the Midwest, including Missouri, the total population under 20 years of age actually decreased by over 550,000: the non-Hispanic segment of the 0-19 age group contracted by over one million people, while Hispanic youth grew by 433,000.

In a few weeks, the Cambio Center will publish a brief on population changes by age group.

New Graduate Course - Economic and Social Dimensions of Migration

Spring Semester 2010: Ag Econ Topics 8001 – (3 credits) Advanced Topics in Economics - Economic and Social Dimensions of Migration.
Fridays:  9am – 12noon

Course Overview – This course examines selected aspects of migration in developed and developing countries. It will examine theories that contribute to our understanding of the causes of migration and effects on the people and communities, as they experience change. The course covers pull and push economic factors of international migration. It addresses economic factors, and other dimensions of migration such as acculturation, context of reception in receiving communities, and the human and social capital in migration. Policy implications will be interwoven throughout the course.

Prerequisite – Graduate standing.

This is a graduate level course intended for students in several departments and schools at MU. Students in agricultural economics, rural sociology, social work, educational, school and counseling psychology, and Truman School of Public Affairs, are some examples of potential participants, as well as students in the interdisciplinary international development minor in the Graduate School. 

Open to MU graduate students. Syllabus available for download (PDF). 

Cambio de Colores 2010 Conference Call for Abstracts

The ninth annual Cambio de Colores (Change of Colores) Conference - Latinos in The Heartland: “Latinos and Immigrants in Midwestern Communities” will be held at Columbia, Missouri, May 24-26, 2010. The Cambio Center is working in cooperation with the Multistate Research Project "Latinos and Immigrants in Midwestern Communities" – North Central Regional Center for Rural Development.
The Call for Abstracts has been issued.  The deadline for submitting abstracts for presentations will be January 31st, 2010.  Please refer to the conference website for additional details and updates. 

Alianzas Cultural Academy – March 3-5, 2010

Alianzas, a program of University of Missouri Extension and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Institute for Human Development, is organizing this 3-day event aimed at enhancing the participants’ knowledge about the Hispanic/Latino culture and the changes happening in the region. Alianzas is a permanent partner of the Cambio Center.  Please visit the Alianzas website for details and registration information:  (Director of Alianzas is Cambio Center fellow Christina Vasquez-Case)

New Journal Article

Corinne Valdivia and Anne Dannerbeck Janku: "Moving around to get by and try to get ahead: Immigration experiences in new settlement communities of the Midwest," Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education, Vol. 12, No 3, Winter 2009 (pp. 29-41). Abstract and references.

Cambio Center Movie Series

The Center is continuing its series of Brown Bag movie presentations, hosted by Cambio Center fellows. on issues related to our mission.

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010, Noon
Eyler Family Room - 110 South Memorial Union, MU

"Made in L.A. " (2007)
From the producers: “Made in L.A. is an Emmy award-winning feature documentary that follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a trendy clothing retailer. In intimate verite style, Made in L.A. reveals the impact of the struggle on each woman’s life as they are gradually transformed by the experience. Compelling, humorous, deeply human, Made in L.A. is a story about immigration, the power of unity, and the courage it takes to find your voice.”
Elver Pardo, Cambio Center fellow, will introduce the movie.
Free and open to the public.
Movie website:


Resources (Online)

The New Constituents - How Latinos Will Shape Congressional Apportionment After the 2010 Census
A report by America’s Voice Education Fund (AVEF). November, 2009
America's Voice released a report entitled, "The New Constituents… How Latinos Will Shape Congressional Apportionment After the 2010 Census,"  that examines the role Latinos will play in shaping the next Congress, after the 2010 Census. According to bipartisan projections, nineteen states are poised to see changes in their Congressional representation. Eight states will gain at least one House seat, while eleven states will lose at least one seat in Congress.

Special Issue of Medical Journal Explores Latino Health and Health Care
The Network for Multicultural Research on Health and Healthcare, a consortium of researchers from major research institutions around the country, has produced a special supplement of the Journal of General Internal Medicine examining Latinos and health care, shedding light on important issues that have been left out of the health care reform debate.

Confronting Health Inequities in Latino Health Care, comprises nine studies examining hypertension, diabetes, health insurance coverage, discrimination, quality of care, spirituality, preventive care, and other topics on Latino health and health care.
Access the special supplement. 

Pew Hispanic Center Publications

Three reports were issued in December, 2009:
Latinos Online, 2006-2008: Narrowing the Gap (12.22.2009)
Young Latinos Optimistic But Beset by Problems  (12.11.2009)
Hispanics in the News: An Event-Driven Narrative (12.7.2009)