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Cambio Center News - November 2012

Did you know?

Not-so-trivial info about the SEC and the New Hispanic South: Alabama and South Carolina have now two of the most powerful college football teams in the Southeastern Conference and the nation.  And they also were the two U.S. states with the fastest relative growth of the Hispanic population between 2000 and 2010. South Carolina’s Hispanic numbers grew 147.9 percent (to a total of 235,682 individuals), and Alabama’s 144.8% (total of 185,602). Elsewhere in the Old South, Latino workers and families drove increases over 100 percent in Arkansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee as well.  Those states are part of what is being called “The New Hispanic South.”  Georgia and North Carolina will soon be the first old-South states to reach one million Hispanics. (Census data.)

Cambio de Colores 2013

Save the date: June 12-14, 2013
The 12th annual Cambio de Colores conference will be held in St. Louis (University of Missouri-St. Louis) June 12-14, 2013. The Call for Abstracts and Presentations will be issued in mid-December. See for more information.

Please contact the Cambio Center if you would like to help with content, outreach and/or fundraising as a member of the Planning Committee.

News from our Research Projects

Welcome to our New Fellows

The Cambio Center welcomes three new fellows. Please contact them for your  potential interdisciplinary projects.


Recent Publications


Stephen Jeanetta and Corinne Valdivia (eds.): Cambio de Colores: Latinos in the Heartland. Proceedings of the 10th Annual Conference: Migration and Shifting Human Landscapes. Kansas City, Missouri | June 8-10, 2011. Published by the Cambio Center, University of Missouri, June, 2012 (118 pp.)
This Book of Proceedings (the seventh volume) is available online (free download or online reading) at the Cambio Center Publications page. Printed copies of the 2011 book and past proceedings are also available to fellows and their colleagues. Please contact to request free copies.

Refereed Journal Articles

Corinne Valdivia, Stephen Jeanetta, Lisa Y. Flores, Alejandro Morales, and Domingo Martínez: "Latino/a Wealth and Livelihood Strategies in Rural Midwestern Communities." Choices. The magazine of Food, Farm, and Resource Issues. 2012 (Full text).
Young Latino immigrant families—a potential and substantial driver for the future of agriculture and development in rural America—are settling in communities, bringing renewal and growth. They are buying houses, starting businesses and expanding the talent pool. However, little is known, and often much is misunderstood, about how Latino/a newcomers create wealth. We have been studying the process of Latino/as settling in rural areas, based on information directly provided by newcomers and members of the receiving communities in the Midwest.
Corinne Valdivia and Lisa Y. Flores: “Factors Affecting the Job Satisfaction of Latino/a Immigrants in the Midwest." Journal of Career Development. February 2012 39: 31-49. (Abstract / Full Text (PDF).
This study examined the job satisfaction of 253 Latino/a newcomers in three rural communities in the Midwest. Specifically, the authors explored the effects of ethnic identity, Anglo acculturation, Latino/a acculturation, perceptions of the community (social relations, discrimination/racism, and language pressures), job tenure, work hours, and salary on participants’ job satisfaction. Results of a hierarchical regression analysis indicated that ethnic identity and Anglo acculturation had a positive effect, while perceptions of the community related to discrimination/racism had a negative effect on job satisfaction. Latino/a acculturation, perceived social relations in the community, perceived language pressures in the community, job tenure, hours worked, and wages were not significantly related to job satisfaction. The regression model accounted for 16% of the variance in job satisfaction. The implications of the findings for career counseling practice are discussed, and suggestions for future research on Latino/a immigrants’ career development are provided.

Updates from Cambio Center Fellows

a) "Loyalty and Betrayal: The Outlines of National Belonging in the United States and Mexico" looks at two moments of mass migration from Mexico, 1940-1960 and 1990-2010, to examine the changing emotional configuration of belonging.  
b) "The Racialized Erotics of Banditry: Zorro, Transnational Political Imaginaries, and the Grounding Myths of California" analyzes Zorro films made in the US and Mexico to reveal how cultural stories are embedded in particular political contexts. 
c) "More than Mojo: Gender and a Global 1968," examines the student movements in the US, Mexico, and France to understand the changing political, social, and cultural configurations and the formation of a new political cohort: youth. 
4) Dr. Cohen was elected Director of Graduate Studies for UMSL's History Department.

Alianzas Newsletters and updates

The Alianzas Program continues looking for innovative ways to collaborate with Missouri communities and MU Extension personnel. Alianzas continues reaching the University of Missouri Extension network through bi-monthly newsletters that engage, inform, and connect Extension personnel with diversity programming across the state of Missouri.  To access those newsletters, and other news and resources for diversity focused programming visit:

This summer and fall, Alianzas staff has been involved in the coordination of a Hispanic Needs Assessment for the Kansas City Metro Region.  Together with staff from the UMKC Institute for Human Development, an engaged community advisory committee and volunteers, over 1,000 surveys have been completed and will provide direction for a number of focus groups to be held during the winter months.  The Hispanic Needs Assessment project’s primary objective is to assess the socioeconomic, educational, health, and civic needs and assets of the Hispanic population of the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area.  Publication of the resultant report is expected in spring 2013.  For more information on the project visit:

Spring 2013 Courses

UMSL Ed Psy 7210 - Theories of Development and the Life Course - with a focus on Immigrant Families & Youth. Bulletin Description: This advanced course examines the historical, ecological, cultural, and individual factors that shape developmental and educational experiences. Students will critique research from multiple disciplines, analyze policy issues, and design a study to deepen their understanding of traditional and current theories on the life course. Diverse families, such as immigrants, and their trajectories will be highlighted to demonstrate the intersecting spheres that shape human development.