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Cambio Center News - May 2015

In this newsletter: Cambio de Colores Update, New Fellows, Language Services Program, Updates from Fellows, Other Opportunities, News to Use

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Conference Update

Cambio de Colores is just two weeks away – June 10-12 at UMKC. The full program is available on the website. We have an excellent set of plenary speakers, presentations, workshops, and site visits. Join us and invite your colleagues and students to join this very open, accessible, and important discussion. See flyer attached.

Plenary speakers include:
Kansas City's Latino Civic Engagement Collaborative - "Utilizing the Hispanic Needs Assessment as an Impetus for Action”. Speakers include John Fierro (President/CEO of Mattie Rhodes Center), Dr. Kathryn L. Fuger (Research associate of UMKC’s Institute for Human Development), and Carlos Gomez (President/CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City).

Dr. Bridget McCandless - is the President/CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and is a Board Certified Internal Medicine Specialist with an interest in chronic disease management and poverty medicine.

Mario Hernández - is the VP and COO of the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC). LEDC is Minnesota's statewide, membership, and ethnic based organization focused on transforming communities by creating economic opportunity for Latinos. 

Katherine Richardson Bruna - is an associate professor in the School of Education at Iowa State University. Her research interests include multiculturalism and bilingualism in schools and society, and teaching and learning in demographically transitioning community and classroom contexts.

Welcome to New Fellows!

The Cambio Center Board recently invited six new Fellows to join the Cambio Center. Welcome to:

Cambio Center’s “Language Services Program”

The Cambio Center has recently launched its Language Services Program to provide translation, interpretation, transcription, and editing services in Spanish and English languages. Our goal is to provide a service to our state to enable institutions, organizations, and others to effectively communicate with Spanish language audiences. We work with native bilingual speakers to ensure that our translations sound natural and accurately communicate information. Contact us if you have any questions.

Updates from Fellows

Cultural Awareness Training for Disability Services Agencies
This school year, Cambio board member and fellow Kay Conklin and coordinator Lindsey Saunders worked with TIPS for Kids intern Sarah Wehmeyer and Peace Corps Fellow and Services for Independent Learning’s Michael Hendricks in a project to improve the Boone County Latino population’s access and use of disability services. Their project included working with Cambio Center Fellows Alejandra Gudiño and Megan Carney to create a cultural awareness training specifically for employees of disability services agencies. Alejandra and Megan led the training for Boone County agencies on May 19th with over 25 participants. Thank you to these fellows for their hard work and service!

Emily Crawford - ELPA
New publication:
Crawford, E.R., & Fishman-Weaver, K. (Forthcoming, 2015). Proximity and Policy:  Negotiating safe spaces between immigration policy and school practice. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.

Alejandra Gudiño – FNEP Cultural Inclusion & Diversity Coordinator
Alejandra received the 2015 Mizzou Inclusive Excellence Award for her work done with 4H Latino Youth Future in Columbia. Congratulations!

Other Opportunities

MU Voz Latina organizes a weekly newsletter of Latino/Hispanic local news, events, updates and activities. Email to be added to the distribution list.

SERA 37 Latinos in the New South: Call for proposals
Conference will be October 5-7, 2015 in Nashville, TN
SERA-37 is a coalition of land-grant faculty, Extension personnel, and partners from the 13 Southern Region states and 2 territories. It seeks to strengthen the capacity of the Southern region’s land-grant institutions and other partners to address critical, contemporary issues in response to the growing Hispanic/Latino population in the South.
Call for Proposals Submission deadline –June 1, 2015 – See attached.

News to Use

United States Department of Agriculture:  Economic Research Service
Rural-urban poverty gap is widest among youngest Americans
An important indicator of the Nation’s long-term well-being is poverty among children; child poverty often has an impact that carries throughout a lifetime, particularly if the child lived in poverty at an early age. Like the overall poverty rate, nonmetro (rural) child poverty has been historically higher than metro (urban) child poverty, and increased to record-high levels in 2012. According to Census estimates, the poverty rate for children under 18 living in rural areas stood at 26.2 percent in 2013, more than four percentage points higher than the metro child poverty rate of 21.6 percent. In 2013, the nonmetro/metro difference in poverty rates was greatest for children under six years old (30.3 percent nonmetro and 23.9 percent metro). Child poverty is more sensitive to labor market conditions than overall poverty, as children depend on the earnings of their parents. Older members of the labor force, including empty nesters and retirees, are less affected by job downturns, and families with children need higher incomes to stay above the poverty line than singles or married couples without children. This chart is found in the ERS topic page on Rural Poverty & Well-being, updated April 2015.


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