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Cambio Center News – January 2014

In this newsletter: From the Cambio Center, Updates from Fellows, an Upcoming Webinar, four Calls for Abstracts,  three Funding Opportunities, and two Spring Courses.

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From the Cambio Center:
Happy New Year/Feliz Año Nuevo!
We hope that you had a great holiday season and a healthy start to the New Year!

The Cambio Center is currently developing an agenda for its second decade. We will be engaging stakeholders in this process – keep an eye out for how you can contribute.

Cambio de Colores 2014
The 13th annual “Cambio de Colores – Latinos in the Heartland” conference will be in Columbia, Missouri, June 25-27, 2014. The Call for Abstracts has been issued; submissions are due by February 24.

Please see for more 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.

February Cambio Center Brown Bag Lunch with the Fellows
Please join us in the Cambio Center (301 Gentry Hall) on Thursday, February 6, noon-1pm, for informal discussion and sharing amongst Fellows. We’d like to get to know each other better, chat about the start of the semester, and start laying plans for the future. We’ll meet over the lunch hour, so please bring your lunch.

Updates from Cambio Center Fellows

From Denice Adkins
Call for ideas on the REFORMA National Conference
REFORMA - National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos & the Spanish-speaking. For the next REFORMA National Conference, Cambio Center Fellow Denice Adkins is writing a grant to bring experts on Latinos in the U.S. to speak to librarians about what they predict for the next 20 years. The goal is to have the experts on Latinos and librarians discuss how library services to Latinos will be affected by change in the years to come.

Denice is interested in hearing from the Cambio Center Fellows and others that may be able to “recommend what sorts of topics would be important, and who might be a good speaker to address those issues. So far I have general ideas like, ‘Someone from the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute to talk about policy,’ or ‘Someone from the Pew Hispanic Center to talk about demographics,’ but I’d be interested to hear what other academics think the pressing and important issues are.”

From Pilar Mendoza
Current Grant-Funded Projects:
Mendoza, P. (PI), Casas, C.A. (co-PI), Center for Research and Professional Development in Education at la Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá-Colombia, Berger, J., & Wells, R. (co-PIs), Center for International Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Needs assessment and implementation plan for the creation of the Inter-American Association for the Integration, Study and Development of Higher Education. Ford Foundation, Chile Office. $200,000, 2013-2014.  

Mills, J. (PI), Levin College of Law at University of Florida, Mendoza, P. (co-PI), Williams, P. (co-PI), Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. Building human rights capacity in the Colombian Caribbean. Colombian Institutional Partners: Universidad del Norte and Universidad del Magdalena. USAID-HED Colombia-U.S. Human Rights Law School Partnership Program. $757,179, 2012-2015

Recent Publications:
Mendoza, P., Casas, C.A., & Venegas, C. (forthcoming). The ecology of student retention at a trade school in Bogotá, Colombia: Hope and social mobility from poverty, violence, and mistrust. The 2014 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Mendoza, P., Berger, J., Wells, R., Casas, C.A., & Escala, M. (2013). Improving higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean through strategic partnerships. International Forum Pre-Conference. The 2013 Association for the Study of Higher Education Conference, St. Louis, Missouri.

Mendoza, P. (2013). Ecología de la retención estudiantil en la educación superior. III Congreso Internacional IGLU, Lima, Perú.
Translation: The ecology of student retention in higher education. III International Forum IGLU (Institute of University Management and Leadership from the Inter-American University Organization), Lima, Perú.

From Corinne Valdivia
Recent Publication:
Corinne Valdivia, Jere L. Gilles, and Cecilia Turin (2013) Andean Pastoral Women in a Changing World: Opportunities and Challenges. Rangelands: December 2013, Vol. 35, No. 6, pp. 75-81. doi:

Upcoming Presentation

Webinar: The Making of Multilingual Elementary Schools in a Monolingual City
Lisa M. Dorner, ELPA, University of Missouri
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
11am-12pm (CST)
Presentation: Across the U.S., educational leaders and policymakers today struggle to develop language programs and explain the benefits of multilingualism. To examine these challenges at the local level, this study analyzed data from an 18-month ethnography documenting the development of an elementary (K-5) language immersion school in a predominantly monolingual city. Analyses focused on leaders’ and parents’ cultural scripts, or the discourses they employed during bottom-up planning processes. Findings demonstrate that the majority of leaders and diverse parents valued multilingualism as a right and resource for all students; however, parents’ discourses also stressed the importance of language as a marker of identity, as well as the importance of having quality academics and safe, secure schooling. In other words, cultural scripts beyond those about multilingualism shaped the implementation of—and parents’ choices for—language schools. Such results have implications for how school leaders establish, and sell, multilingual programming. See webinar poster.
To connect to the webinar, please go to:

Spring 2014 Courses

Spring Course on Immigrant Issues in Education
3-Credit Hours, E-Learning; 100 % Online; Instructor: Sarah F. May, M.A.
This course is designed to increase the level of cross-cultural awareness, knowledge, and practical skills of professionals working with students who are immigrants from Latin America and all over the world. Activities and assignments in the class are designed to assist, encourage, and challenge each student to more fully develop awareness and knowledge of self, and to use this information to improve intercultural interactions with others in professional settings as well as other settings. The anticipated outcome includes improved skills in conceptualizing the unique needs of and responding with appropriate approaches to effectively assist students who are immigrants.
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing Required - Textbook: Rong & Preissle (2008), Educating Immigrant Students in the 21st Century-What Educators Need to Know -andchoice of 1 of 2 memoirs of an immigrant family

Spring Course on International Higher Education
SPRING 2014 COURSE OFFERING: ELPA 9408: Seminar in Higher Education: International Higher Education
Dr. Pilar Mendoza; Wednesday 7:00 PM – 9:45 PM; 305 Hill Hall
The purpose of this class is to learn the major trends and issues facing postsecondary education around the world and critically engage in comparative analysis with emphasis on lessons for the U.S. higher education system. In particular, this course will cover global trends around governance, accountability, funding, and internationalization. In addition, this course will address specific regional higher education systems including Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Bologna process in Europe, and the Arab world. Finally, students have an opportunity to study in-depth a country of their choice.

Calls for Abstracts

Cambio de Colores Conference - Call for Abstracts
The Thirteenth Annual Conference Cambio de Colores/Change of Colores
Latinos in the Heartland
June 25-27, 2014
Reynolds Alumni Center
University of Missouri-Columbia
“Growing Together in New Destination Areas”
Cambio de Colores serves as a unique venue to share, learn, discuss, and identify critical areas where the development of information and promising practices will facilitate the successful transition of newcomers into communities large and small. This year’s theme, “Growing Together in New Destination Areas,” is meant to encourage the discussion of research and best practices that can be used by communities to assist integration efforts in areas with a recent intake of immigrants. The conference organizers seek presentations, posters, and panels on the conference themes described in the full call for abstracts, as well as workshops targeted to community members, leaders, and officials with the tools necessary to address these changes in ways that are sustainable and beneficial to all.
Submissions due February 24, 2014
For the complete Call for Abstracts, please visit the link below:

JSRI 25th Anniversary Celebration Conference - Call for Papers
Oct. 30 – Nov.1, 2014
Michigan State University
Marriot East Lansing, MI
“Latinos in 2050: Restoring the Public Good”
The Julian Samora Research Institute will be celebrating its 25th anniversary as a Latino-focused research institute by hosting a nationwide conference on Latino communities on October 30 - November 1, 2014.  The 25th Anniversary Conference theme is “Latinos in 2050: Restoring the Public Good”. Nationally-known and emerging scholars and researchers will be presenting and participating in panel discussions on health disparities, business ownership and entrepreneurship, service delivery gaps, and other critical topics and issues.
Click Here for information on the Call for Papers and Panels
Click Here for information on the a Graduate Student Paper Competition

La Academia del Pueblo - Call for Abstracts
The 5th Annual La Academia del Pueblo: Latino/a and Latin American Research Conference
April 26, 2014
McGregor Conference Center
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
“El Movimiento 2.0: Youth, Identity, Empowerment”
The conference committee invites submissions of abstracts for poster board and panel presentations from junior and senior faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as, community members conducting Latino/a and Latin American initiative research. The conference organizers are particularly interested in receiving proposals that link one or more of the themes
Submissions due February 14, 2014
For the complete Call for Abstracts, please visit the link below:

The 5th Conference on Immigration to the US South - Call for Abstracts
October 23-25, 2014
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
 “Immigration Reform and Beyond?”
The 5th Conference on Immigration to the US South (formerly Conference on Immigration to the Southeast) calls for papers/panels for a multidisciplinary meeting on immigration to the US South. We also invite papers/panels that engage in comparative analysis of other regions and/or bring in transnational and global perspectives.  Now that comprehensive immigration reform is back on the legislative agenda, we especially welcome presentations that promote an understanding of short-term and long-term challenges of immigration reform with an emphasis on finding practical and realistic policy alternatives. Because one of this conference’s goals is to heighten the exchanges between our academic and community participants, we encourage presentations/panels that include interactive strategies to support this aim.
Conference Information:  Proposals are due by Monday, March 31, 2014;
For the complete Call for Abstracts as well as a list of suggested topics, please visit the link below: 

Project/Grant Opportunities

CAPE - Behavioral Health Information Pilot Communities 
The CAPE project will fund eight pilot communities to participate in a joint exploration of what communities are now using to gauge community behavioral health and how these methods can be improved. This includes an online survey of local health decision makers (broadly defined) aimed at developing a better understanding of where local leaders draw their information about community behavioral health trends as well as a joint shaping and testing of new tools to make the process more accurate and efficient. 

For an overview of the project, please visit:
For the complete Call for Proposals and Application Requirements, please visit:

North Central Regional Center for Rural Development - Call for Proposals
The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) at Michigan State University announces a competition for seed grants aimed at enhancing the ability of Land Grant institutions to positively influence the quality of life in rural areas of the twelve-state North Central region of the United States. Awards of up to $20,000 will be made to teams involving land grant employees drawn from at least two north central states.  

Priority areas for the Center's work include: Innovation diffusion for rural development, Sustainable communities, Leadership development, and Entrepreneurial communities.
Proposals are due at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, January 31, 2014.
For more information on the Call for Proposals, please visit the following link:

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Competitive Grants Program – FY 2014 Request for Applications
Project types supported by AFRI within this RFA include single-function Research Projects, multi-function Integrated Projects, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants. This RFA identifies the research and integrated program objectives for AFRI Foundational Program projects, the eligibility criteria for projects and applicants, matching requirements for each project type, and the application forms and associated instructions needed to apply for an AFRI Foundational Program grant.
For complete information on the AFRI Competitive Grants Program, please see

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