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Cambio Center News - July 2014

In this newsletter: Cambio de Colores Update, Exec Board update, FOCO conference and JSRI conference

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Cambio de Colores 2014
This year’s conference was an exciting and successful event! We had 105 registered attendees, including faculty (25%); Extension (23%); non-governmental organizations (22%); students (15%); state/local government (8%); university staff (7%). This mix of participants – researchers and practitioners from education, health, economic development and other fields – is the conference’s greatest strength.

Evaluations continue to praise the conference; we particularly are happy with the feedback we get from participants working in immigrant integration that say, “This is the best conference for feeling supported for my work.” Speakers are often appreciated because of the “ideas I can take back and apply within my community.” When evaluating the best part of the conference, participants list: “Contacts, connections, best practices in research instruments,” “The research is good and the attendees are very passionate about immigration issues,” “welcoming environment,” “lots of opportunities for sharing and making connections,” and “variety of topics, knowledgeable speakers”, among others.

Join the 2015 Planning Committee
There was a proposal to hold the 2015 Conference in Kansas City. If you would like to be part of the Planning Committee, we welcome all levels of commitment. Please let us know at

Cambio Center Executive Board Updates
The Cambio Center would like to thank Anna Romero and Louise Miller for their service on the Executive Board of the Cambio Center! The board has invited and welcomed two new members: Lisa Dorner from the School of Education (ELPA) and Stephanie Potochnick from the Truman School of Public Affairs. The Executive Board members now include: Kay Conklin, Lisa Dorner, Lisa Flores, Stephen Jeanetta, Domingo Martinez, Stephanie Potochnick, and Corinne Valdivia.

Calls for Papers
National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS)
Midwest FOCO Conference: “Latinas & Latinos in the Midwest: Past, Present, and Future”
October 23-25, 2014, University of Missouri - Kansas City
Call for Papers (due Sept. 1):  The conference theme – Latin@s in the Midwest: Past, Present, and Future -- recognizes the rich historical and growing presence of Latin@s in this region. Our goal is to promote awareness and further develop knowledge and analysis of historic, current, and future developments that impact the Latin@ population. Of particular interest is the need to strategize for collective empowerment and leadership of Latin@s in the Midwest and to support collaboration between community leaders and scholars. Also, the conference would like to acknowledge the significant contributions from our Midwest Latin@ and Chicana@ Studies Centers, Departments, and Programs and we particularly welcome their presence and participation. NOTE: We also strongly encourage development of proposals to host the 2015 NACCS Midwest FOCO Conference for presentation at our business meeting to be held on Saturday. We invite papers, panels, round tables, and workshops from a diversity of disciplines, theories, and methods to explore the presence of Latin@s in the Midwest from historical, current, and future trends. For more info:

Julian Samora Research Institute 25th Anniversary Celebration Conference
CALL FOR PAPERS: Deadline Extended to Aug. 1, 2014
 “Latinos in 2050: Restoring the Public Good”
October 30-November 1, 2014
East Lansing, Michigan
The major topic areas for the conference are: health disparities, business ownership and entrepreneurship, and service delivery gaps.
Submissions by researchers and practitioners are solicited on these topics but are not limited to them. See more info on the conference and the graduate student paper competition here:

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