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Cambio Center News - August 2015

In this newsletter: Conference Update, Visioning, Student Fellows, Language Services Program, Updates from Fellows, Other Opportunities (this week!), News to Use, and much more.

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Conference Update
The 2015 Cambio de Colores Conference was an energetic gathering of 165+ participants from 17 states in the Midwest, South and US coasts. The conference boasted 50 presentations and four plenary sessions, five site visits to Kansas City organizations, and a two-person play. Attendees included Extension faculty from several institutions (24%), non-governmental organization employees (21%), university faculty (20%), educators and administrators (12%), and other sectors including students, staff, and government employees.

To continue developing the Cambio Center’s plan for the next 10 years, Interim Director Stephen Jeanetta and Coordinator Lindsey Saunders have been meeting with Faculty Fellows from across campus. They hope to complete these individual meetings in the coming month and share results with the Fellows this semester, as a basis for a strategic plan for the center.

Student Fellows!
The Cambio Center is expanding its Student Fellows program. Any graduate student whose work is related to the Cambio Center mission is invited to become a Student Fellow. Interested students should submit a CV and/or short statement about how their interests connect with Cambio. Student fellows are matched with a Faculty Fellow mentor. We are developing a program of activities to support their work, including networking and research opportunities. Please recommend and refer students to join!

Cambio Center’s “Language Services Program”
The Language Services Program provides 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
Irma Arteaga (Truman School) was recently awarded a grant and a contract to evaluate early childhood programs in the U.S. and Latin America. Congrats, Irma! More Info.

Kathryn Chval (Learning, Teaching & Curriculum, College of Education)
Recent publications:
Chval, K. B., Pinnow, R. J., & Thomas, A. (2014). Learning how to focus on language while teaching mathematics to English language learners: a case study of Courtney. Mathematics Education Research Journal27(1), 103-127.

Pinnow, R. J., & Chval, K. B. (2015). “How much You wanna bet?”: Examining the role of positioning in the development of L2 learner interactional competencies in the content classroom. Linguistics and Education30, 1-11.

Lisa Dorner (Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis) recently received tenure and also was recently awarded funding for a research project.
Principal Investigator. (2015-2016). School Board Members and Policymaking in Changing Communities. University of Missouri Research Board. $53,450.
Objectives: Immigrants to the U.S. are settling outside of traditional urban gateways and Missouri is no exception: there are over 30,000 English Learners (ELs) from immigrant families in rural, suburban, and urban schools. However, research has not explored how school leaders in new immigrant contexts understand demographic change and make policies that respond to it (Turner, 2015). This project will examine school board members’ “sensemaking,” or how knowledge, beliefs, and contexts shape educational policy decisions in new immigrant communities. The research questions are: (1) What do school board members know about immigration, ELs, and EL program options? (2) What are their beliefs about immigrants, ELs, and language learning? (3) How do their contexts shape their knowledge, beliefs, and decision-making? Specific objectives of this study are to (1) refine theories of educational policymaking by adding the missing component of school board sensemaking and (2) collect pilot data for a larger study.
Approach: The project uses a descriptive case study design (Yin, 2003) to build theory from different contexts across Missouri. Data will include 10 focus groups (n=50-70) and a statewide survey (n=572).
Significance: Studying the ways that school board members understand and respond to demographic change has both practical and theoretical significance. First, findings will inform future professional development for school boards, via a partnership with the Missouri School Board Association; it also meets the University of Missouri’s land-grant mission to “improve lives, communities and economies” through research. Second, this study will advance the field of educational policy by attending to a new focus on school boards, which are rarely studied. Examining how board members’ knowledge, beliefs, and changing community contexts shape their policy decisions about immigrants is especially important as immigration reaches nearly every corner of the country.

Lisa Flores (Educational and Counseling Psychology)
Dr. Flores was recently named a fellow for the American Psychological Association in Div. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology).

Nadia Navarrete Tindall (Lincoln University)
Nadia is hosting several upcoming events:
Dining Wild 2015: A Native Plants Program Experience At Lincoln University
Lincoln University Cooperative Extension’s (LUCE) Native Plants Program (NPP) hosts their second Dining Wild experience on Saturday, August 29, 2015. It will be held at the Scruggs University Center on the Lincoln University campus from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. This event includes native plant garden tours, educational exhibits, a social mixer, a guest speaker and dinner. The main goal of Dining Wild is to promote native edible plants that have the potential to be specialty crops.

Extending the Growing Season Workshop in Haywood City Community Center on September 11, 2015, 9am-2:30pm.

Cambio Center in the News
Illumination magazine explores change in Milan, Missouri, and the Cambio Center's contributions.
The nation’s metropolitan areas have long traditions of receiving immigrants, but it’s a new experience for Milan and other rural Midwestern towns, says MU’s Stephen Jeanetta, associate extension professor in rural sociology. Jeanetta ticks off a laundry list of challenges... 

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Other Opportunities
Conflicts over Land Use and Nature in Central America: The Case of the Inter-Oceanic Canal in Nicaragua 
Date: Friday, August 28, 2015
Time: 12 noon
Location: Mumford 217
In 2012 the Government of Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua decided to build a canal from the Atlantic to the Pacific with funding from a Honk-Kong based private investor. This interoceanic waterway will, if ever realized, cross indigenous land and national parks and constitute a massive interference into the local ecosystem. It means to aggravate the pre-existing land conflicts in the region, because different actors have very different understandings of what should be the dominant land use in the region and who has the right to decide about it: small-scale agriculture, palm oil monocultures, extractivism or preservation.

Anne Tittor, PhD, is a Post-Doc Researcher from Bielefeld University, Germany. Her main research interests are theories of development, social movements, environmental and health policy and gender relations with a strong focus on Latin America. She works at Bielefeld University in Germany as coordinator of the research line Social Production of Environment within the research project The Americas as Space of Entanglements, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education of Education and Research (BMBF).

Welcome Dinner for New Latino and Hispanic Faculty and Staff
“MU Voz Latina invites you to join us in welcoming and meeting new Latino and Hispanic faculty, staff, and spouses on August 29 at 6pm . This is our first annual gathering to welcome newcomers to Mizzou, and provide a space for everyone to get to know each other. The board of Voz Latina will be providing dinner, so please RSVP prior to the event:  – space is limited so RSVP soon! This is an inclusive event – we welcome everyone interested in learning more about Mizzou’s Latina/o community and events. Voz Latina distributes a weekly newsletter with relevant events and activities; to receive the newsletter email us:

Multicultural Center’s Mix and Mingle on September 10th beginning at 12:30, lunch is provided.  “This is an opportunity to connect students, faculty, and staff that are stakeholders of our space.  We hope you will join us for lunch and in our effort to start the semester off in a positive way with you all as partners in the success of our students and the space.  Feel free to pass this email on to others who you believe may be interested as well, as fill out our form below just letting us know you will be attending.”

Latin@s Moving Ahead Mixer on September 23rd
Latin@s Moving Ahead Mixer will be on September 23rd in the Multicultural Center at 7pm.  We are inviting Students, Faculty, Staff, and even family are welcome to come by and socialize and connect with one another.  The Multicultural Center, Association of Latina/o American Students, Latina/o Graduate Professional Network, and Voz Latina would like to collaborate and work to connect Latina/o students to the Latino/a faculty and staff on campus and even with one another!  So we encourage all to come and register with the link here so we know who is attending and have allergy or dietary restrictions.

Juntos Para Una Mejor Educación (Together for a Better Education)
Facilitator Training
Are you interested in helping Latino students succeed in school and increase the number of them going to college? Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University are partnering to offer facilitator training to individuals interested in learning more about and in implementing Juntos in their community.
October 8 & 9, 2015
Linn County Extension Office, Cedar Rapids, IA
Please let us know by Sept 18, if you plan to attend:
Kim Greder, ISU:
Rubén Martinez,
Juntos Para Una Mejor Educación (Together for a Better Education) curriculum was developed by North Carolina State University Extension. For more information on the program go to:

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

News to Use
Migration Policy Institute
--DACA at the Three-Year Mark: High Pace of Renewals, but Processing Difficulties Evident

--An Analysis of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States by Country and Region of Birth

National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families
--Improving Data Infrastructure to Recognize Hispanic Diversity in the United States
This brief examines 34 commonly used large-scale data sets, identifies which include recommended data elements key to understanding the diversity of the Hispanic population, and suggests steps national surveys should take to improve their description of the characteristics and experiences of Latinos in the United States. -

--Increasing Visibility of Low-Income LGBTQ Hispanic Families - See more at:

A Transformation in Mexican Migration to the United States
Dr. Rogelio Sáenz, at the University of Texas at San Antonio, recently released a research brief. The major findings of the report, based on data analysis from the 2008 and 2013 American Community Survey Five-Year Estimates Public-Use Files, are:

The full report can be accessed at:

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