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Cambio Center News - March 2014

Happy Spring from the Cambio Center!

In this newsletter: Cambio de Colores Update, Brown Bag Lunch, Updates from Fellows, Featured Fellow: Jim Wirth, APPAM Call for Papers for Fall Conference, Co-edited special issue in JOLLAS

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Cambio de Colores 2014 – Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to share that we will be hosting renowned Princeton scholar Dr. Alejandro Portes as a keynote speaker at the Cambio de Colores Conference this June 25 – 27. See more details at

Brown Bag Lunch - Friday, April 18th

Please join us for our next brown bag lunch in the Cambio Center (301 Gentry Hall). So far, these lunches have had positive results in facilitating discussion and collaboration between fellows in a relaxed and informal format. We look forward to seeing new faces in the lunches to come!

We’ll meet over the lunch hour, so please bring your lunch, and we’ll have some cookies and treats to share. 

Updates from Cambio Center Fellows

Recent Publications:

Potochnick, Stephanie. (2014). ”How States Can Reduce the Dropout Rate for Undocumented Immigrant Youth: The Effects of In-State Resident Tuition Policies.“ Forthcoming in Social Science Research 45: 18-32.

Potochnick, Stephanie. (2014). “The Academic Adaptation of Children of Immigrants in New and Traditional Settlement Communities: The Role of Family, Schools, and Neighborhoods.” Forthcoming in Population Research and Policy Review. Published on-line; print forthcoming.

Cambio Center’s Featured Fellow of the Month: Jim Wirth, Ph.D.

Jim Wirth is a Human Development Specialist who focuses on programming related to career and professional development, leadership development, family, parenting, child development, aging, diversity, and healthy living. He has a Ph.D. in sociology from Loyola University of Chicago, has taught multiple college courses, and has done many community research projects. From 1999-2013, while working as a Human Development Specialist in southwest Missouri, Jim presented 2,519 programs for 60,052 attendees in 10 counties and statewide audiences, and delivered programs on over 138 different topics. Below is a summary of his recent work, presenting the impact of teaching English to non-English speakers.

Among MU Extension professionals, Jim was a pioneer in proactively addressing the important demographic changes happening in non-metro areas of Missouri.  He has been involved in all previous twelve annual Cambio de Colores conferences, and has been instrumental in facilitating Cambio Center research and outreach in southwest Missouri.

Eleven-Year Impact of Teaching English to non-English speakers (2002-12)

In response to the increasing Hispanic/Latino population in Missouri, as understood from the 2000 Census, Alianzas was created in 2001 to enhance the ability of University of Missouri Extension and its partners to respond to the needs of Hispanic/Latino immigrants and the Missouri communities that receive them.
During this time, Jim Wirth along with his wife Shirley presented 195 classes for 1,055 adult attendees who were interested in learning English. 

Photography Exhibit

MIRA Art Exhibit
“The Missouri Immigrant Experience: Faces & Places”
The MIRA Art Exhibit is coming to Columbia! This fascinating photo exhibit, now refreshed with immigrant faces and places from Columbia’s historic past, will open on Saturday morning, April 5th, 2014, at the Columbia Library and will continue to be open to the public without charge through Saturday, April 26, 2014, with additional programming throughout the month.
This year the Exhibit will feature four Missouri photographers, Oscar Pedroza, Juan Montana, Amela Sinanagic and Rita Chu. Their work will be coupled with historic images of immigrant communities in Columbia, Springfield, Kansas City and Saint Louis as the four cities grew and prospered with the arrival of other new Americans over the past century.

APPAM Announces a Call for Papers
2014 Fall Research Conference
November 6 – 8, 2014
Albuquerque, New Mexico
The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference is a multi-disciplinary annual meeting that attracts the highest quality research on a wide variety of important current and emerging policy and management issues. The conference is comprised of panels, roundtables, workshops, symposia and poster presentations and is designed to encourage substantive interaction among participants. Submissions (due April 11) can fall into any of the fourteen featured policy areas, including the new area Population and Migration Issues. The full list can be found on
For complete details on submitting a proposal, please visit the APPAM website.  

Journal of Latino-Latin American Studies (JOLLAS) – Special Issue
Cinthya M. Saavedra & Michelle S. Pérez have co-edited a special issue in JOLLAS entitled Chicana/Latina Feminism(s): Negotiating Pedagogical Borderlands is now available! This special issue of JOLLAS is a reflection and extension of Chicana/Latina feminist epistemologies (CLFEs) in education. Using the work of Chicana feminist educators, the contributors exemplify how CLFEs are embodied in education research in order to provide new pedagogical understandings and visions.

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