Cambio Center News - December 2013
Did you know?
Cambio Center research
in three non-metro Missouri communities shows that 75% of long-term,
English-speaking residents think that newcomers should keep their
own language and learn to speak English as well.
From the Cambio Center:
Welcome, Cambio Center Coordinator!
Lindsey Saunders has been hired as a full-time "Staff Specialist" (Coordinator) for the Cambio Center. In that capacity, Lindsey will be in charge of most administrative and programming support tasks at the Center. She started work in this full-time position on November 1st, 2013.
Lindsey holds a B.S. from Cornell University in Interdisciplinary Studies, with focuses in development sociology, social movements, and gender and society. In Argentina and the Southern Cone, she studied Regional Integration, Development, and Social Change. She has just completed a Master's degree in Rural Sociology at Mizzou, with a focus in Analytical Processes for Communities. She is also working towards a Grantsmanship Graduate Certificate. Before coming to the Cambio Center in June 2011 as a part-time administrative and, later, graduate research assistant, Lindsey worked for NGOs in Wisconsin (2004-2006) and Bogotá, Colombia (2007-2011). She speaks fluent Spanish and some Portuguese.
Lindsey's presence will be a key element in developing our agenda for the second decade of the Cambio Center.
Cambio de Colores 2014
The 13th annual “Cambio de Colores – Latinos in the Heartland” conference will be in Columbia, Missouri, this June 2014. The Call for Presentations will be issued in the coming weeks.
Please see www.cambiodecolores.org for updated information.
Contact the Cambio Center if you would like to help with content, outreach, and/or fundraising as a member of the Planning Committee. Any level of dedication is appreciated.
News from our Research Projects
The 3-year Immigrant Integration and Sustainable Rural Development project has completed a survey of Latino newcomers and long-time residents in three rural new destination cities in Missouri. An initial analysis of the data from the surveys and a Photovoice activity were presented to the communities in open forums. These forums included space for community members to share their opinions and offer ideas and next steps to facilitate integration. This coming year, the project will continue the appreciative inquiry process in the communities. This project is carried out by the following Cambio Center fellows: Corinne Valdivia (PI, Agricultural Economics, CAFNR), Lisa Flores (co-PI, Educational, School and Counseling Psychology, College of Education), Steve Jeanetta (co-PI Rural Sociology, CAFNR, and Extension), Alejandro Morales (Educational, School and Counseling Psychology, College of Education, now at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona), Domingo Martinez (Cambio Center), and graduate students Marvyn Arévalo Ávalos and Sarah May from Educational, School and Counseling Psychology, and Lindsey Saunders from Rural Sociology.
Welcome to our New Fellows!
Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, University of Missouri-Columbia
- Race and ethnicity
- Social inequalities
- Culture and identity
- Mexican Americans
Director of International and Intercultural Initiatives; Associate Teaching Professor, ELPA
- Comparative education
- History of HBCUs
- International education
Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Missouri
- Higher education development in Latin America and the Caribbean
- Comparative higher education
- The impact of academic capitalism on the public good of higher education
Cambio Center Publications
The 2012 Cambio de Colores book of proceedings was published this June 2013.
Stephen Jeanetta and Corinne Valdivia (eds.)
Cambio de Colores: Latinos in the Heartland Proceedings of the 11th Annual Conference: At the Crossroads:¿Incorporation or Marginalization? Columbia, Missouri | June 13-15, 2012. Published by the Cambio Center, University of Missouri, June, 2013 (142 pp.)
To review the table of contents, visit:
To download the full book, free of charge, visit:
Updates from Cambio Center Fellows
Denice Adkins’ research and outreach have emphasized services provided to Latino library users, the impact of Latino immigration on Missouri libraries, and information use among Latino populations. Current research includes a study of literacy and language choice in the Kansas City Latino population. She had a Fulbright scholarship to Honduras in 2008 and served as president of REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos & the Spanish-Speaking, in 2012-13.
Kay Conklin is now the Program Director for TIPS for Kids, Missouri’s LEND interdisciplinary training program for graduate students who plan to work with children with special health care needs.
Lisa Dorner is now an Assistant Professor in ELPA at
the University of Missouri in Columbia. Her research areas include
educational policy and politics, language education and immigrant
childhoods, and qualitative research and mixed methods. Recently, as
an International Studies Program Fellow at UMSL (2012-2013), Lisa
traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she met with faculty and
students at the Universidad Nacional de San Martin (UNSAM) to discuss
language education and educational policy. She presented
research on language immersion programming
in the Midwest to a group of graduate students in an education
master's degree program focused on Languages, Culture, and Media. Lisa
is continuing to work with faculty from UNSAM and has applied for a
Fulbright Scholar award to return and complete research in Buenos
Aires on language education and immigrant childhoods.
- Lisa Dorner, Eboni Howard, Alina Slapac, & Katherine Mathews. (In press, 2014). The importance of improving implementation research for successful interventions and adaptations. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 42(14).
- Lisa Dorner & Angela Layton. (2013). What makes a "good" school? Data and competing discourses in a multilingual charter network. In D. Anagnostopoulos, S. Rutledge, & R. Jacobsen (Eds.), The infrastructure of accountability: Mapping data use and its consequences across the American education system, pp. 145-162. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Educational Press.
Alejandro Morales recently joined California State Polytechnic University in Pomona as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Sociology. Alejandro received his Ph. D. from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with specialties in counseling psychology, Latina/o psychology, immigration, language brokering, sexual orientation and gender identity, diabetes prevention and intervention, and research methods. His interests are immigration, psychological adjustment of Latino immigrant families, and Latino mental health.
Alianzas Update: August 2013
The Alianzas Program continues looking for innovative ways to collaborate with Missouri communities and UM Extension personnel. This spring, Alianzas began facilitating a video series produced by Iowa Extension called Éxito en el Norte. The series and accompanying curriculum focus on providing Spanish-language instruction and information to new immigrants about accessing and navigating various U.S. systems. The topics covered in the initial series were finance, education, health, and legal systems. For more information on the project, visit: www.alianzas.us/read_more.php?id=652
Alianzas staff, together with a team of researchers from the UMKC
Institute for Human Development, is finalizing the results and reports
from the Metropolitan Kansas City Hispanic Needs
Assessment. 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. For more information on the
project, visit: http://alianzas.us/user_storage/File/Alianzas_Newsletters/alianzas_newletter_June12.pdf
To see Alianzas’ 2013 Spring Newsletter, visit: http://alianzas.us/user_storage/File/Alianzas_Newsletters/alianzas_newletter_Spring13.pdf
Spring 2014 Courses
Dr. Rachel J. Pinnow will be teaching LTC 8900-07: Seminar in Bilingual Education, Class Number: 68058, this Spring 2014 semester. Dates: 01/21/14 - 05/08/14. It is an E-Learning; 100% Online course. Credit Hours: 3
LTC 8900 Seminar in Bilingual Education will
address the theory, policy, and practice of bilingual education in the
U.S. and international contexts. This course will examine different
models of bilingual education as well as cultural, social, and
political perspectives on language minority education. Emphasis is
placed on the pedagogical implications of teaching bilingual students
with particular attention paid to first language development and
second language teaching for linguistically and culturally diverse
students. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing
Textbook: Baker, C. (2011). Foundations of bilingual education and bilingualism. Multilingual Matters: Clevedon.
Sociology 2103: Sociology of American Immigration
January Intersession Jan. 6-17, 2014, Instructor Stephen Christ
The United States of America is widely recognized as a country of immigrants. While Western European immigrants and their descendants are historically the most recognized populations, in recent years, new immigrant waves from Latin America and Asia have reached previously unmatched levels and have begun to transform the nation. This course seeks to explore this phenomenon by analyzing immigrant origins and destinations, reasons for immigration, assimilation trajectories, and the social/legal responses of natives to newcomers. A special emphasis will be placed on the recent spike in immigration to new destinations in the Midwest, including Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, and Arkansas.
The end of the year festivities are a great opportunity to look back and plan ahead, and we will do that, especially taking into account that 2014 will mark the tenth year of the Cambio Center, and the 175th anniversary of the University of Missouri.
We at the Cambio Center wish you all Felices fiestas y un excelente 2014 / Happy Holidays and a great 2014.