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Cambio Center News - September 2015

In this newsletter: Conference Save The Date, Welcome Student Fellows, Language Services Program Training, Updates from Fellows, Other Opportunities, News to Use, and much more.

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Save The Date June 8-10, 2016
2016 Conference Update
Save The Date: June 8-10, 2016

The 2016 Cambio de Colores conference will be in Columbia, Missouri, on June 8-10, 2016. If you are interested in supporting the organization of the conference in the planning committee, please let us know. All levels of commitment are welcome.

Student Fellows!
Cambio Center student fellows will be meeting monthly to exchange ideas, share work, and receive feedback from their colleagues. Their next meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 11am in the Cambio Center.

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. Please recommend and refer students to join!

Cambio Center’s “Language Services Program”: Training
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.

The Center is providing monthly training opportunities for bilingual (English/Spanish) members of the MU community to improve their translation and learn best practices. The classes are free, 1.5 hours interactive trainings with real life, practical examples for hands-on experience. This semester dates are: Sept 28, Oct 26, and Nov 16 at 3:30pm. Sign up here.

Welcome Student Fellows

Updates from Fellows
Emily Crawford (Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis)
Crawford, E.R., & Witherspoon Arnold, N. (Accepted, 2015). Exploring the Meaning and Paths of Advocacy for Undocumented Students’ Access to Education. Journal of Latinos and Education, 16(1).

Lisa Dorner (Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis)
The Missouri Dual Language Network (MODLAN) is hosting a mini-conference: Bridges to Dual Language Learning! This conference will be held at the University of Missouri-St. Louis on Friday, November 20 (half a day, starting at 1 pm) and Saturday, November 21 (full day, 9 am-5 pm), 2015. Contact Lisa if you’re interested:

Eleazar U. Gonzalez (Community Development)
Dr. Gonzalez was recently awarded a two year grant from NCR SARE Research and Education Grant program. He is the PI for a project titled “On-farm and ranch education for new and beginning Latino producers in Missouri”. This “On-Farm and Ranch Educational Project” seeks to guide and inform new and beginning Latino producers on sustainable production practices taught on site and supported by community resources. Producers in the program will have direct contact with successful sustainable farms and production resource networks to help sustain their operations. Panel workshops and on-site farm workshops will build their skills and knowledge capacities, so that they will become adept in sustainable production methods. See the full list of funded projects.

Francisco Palermo (Human Development and Family Studies)
Dr. Palermo was awarded a 24-month grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation's leading philanthropy on health and health care. The grant will allow Dr. Palermo to examine how early childhood adversity, mothers' mental health, and parenting behavior affect Latino children's socio-behavioral health and educational well-being. This research will inform programs and policies designed to strengthen Latino families and children’s healthy development.
“I am honored to receive the New Connections grant from the Foundation to pursue my research interests,” says Palermo. “I look forward to meeting and collaborating with Foundation experts to advance my research program focused on empowering Latino families and children and to enhance the Foundation’s mission to support children’s healthy development and quality of life, even in the face of adversity.”   
This grant is part of the RWJF New Connections program:

Cambio Center in the News
Cambio Center's Interim Director Stephen Jeanetta spoke recently in Marshall about the challenges and progress made towards Latinos integration into the fabrics of rural communities.

Other Opportunities
Latin@ Heritage Celebration – Honoring our Heritage/En Honor a Nuestra Herencia
MU Hispanic Heritage Month Events include Jose Antonio Vargas on Oct 1, a Celebration of Our Cultures on Oct 17, and Poesia Viva, among many other events. See the full calendar:

Webinar: Learn tools to better integrate immigrants and African Americans
In America's evolving society, community organizations need tools to address real or perceived tensions between African Americans and immigrants in order to build stronger, more united communities that can thrive for everyone's benefit.  

To support these organizations, the Public Education Institute at The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) hosts a new, free webinar, Building United Communities of Immigrants and African Americans, on Thursday, October 8, 2015, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. EST. 
Through interactive modules and live Q&As with experts from around the country, attendees will learn about successful techniques for connecting experiences, encouraging dialogue and building integrated and welcoming communities. Learn more:

AfroIndigenous Hondurans in Resistance: US Drug War, Violent Displacement and Migration 
Tuesday, October 6th, 6pm in Tate Hall Room 215
University of Missouri, 519 South 9th Street
Alfredo López is a leader in the Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña/The Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras, a federation that works to protect and defend the Garífuna peoples’ right to their culture and their ancestral land on the Caribbean coast. López will discuss his people’s struggle against the negative impacts of tourism and other mega-projects, and the role of state security forces in their displacement. He will also describe how US-backed projects and US aid to the military and police contribute to violence and fuel Honduran migration.
Free and open to everyone. Sponsored by: MU Voz Latina, Department of Black Studies, Cambio Center, Multicultural Center, and MU Peace Studies Program

“Columbia Politics: Learn How Your Voice Matters”
Five weekly seminars are an opportunity for the community to get involved and be informed about local policy changes and programs. These seminars will take place in Memorial Union, one day each week for a total of 5 weeks. The first seminar is with Mayor Bob McDavid and city Manager Mike Matthes, October 1st at 6:30pm. It is completely free, but attendants need to reserve their seat.

Call for papers for Afro Cuban Artists: A Renaissance conference
April 27-30, 2016, Columbia, Missouri
The paper and presentation sessions are focused on a wide variety of themes related to the Afro-Cuban experience in:           

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

The Bridge Presents... The Faculty Research Discussion Series
The Bridge is a new initiative in the College of Education that will serve many purposes but, central to the mission is providing a safe space for students, faculty, and staff to develop and expand their multicultural knowledge, awareness, and skills. The Bridge will also provide programming, activities, movies, reading groups, and opportunities for students to connect with one another to help bridge connections in the understanding of others.

The purpose of this discussion series is to acclimate students, faculty, and staff to the research of faculty members, the ways they developed their research agenda, how and why they incorporate diversity into their research, and potential opportunities for collaboration in their current and future research endeavors.

New book series on the Politics of Citizenship and Migration from Palgrave Macmillan, and is now accepting proposals and manuscripts from prospective authors.
The Politics of Citizenship and Migration series publishes exciting new research in all areas of migration and citizenship studies. Open to multiple approaches, the series considers normative, conceptual, comparative, empirical, historical, methodological, and theoretical works. Versatile, the series publishes single and multi-authored monographs, short-form Pivot books, and edited volumes. Broad in its coverage, the series promotes research on citizenship and migration laws and policies, voluntary and forced migration, rights and obligations, demographic change, diasporas, political membership or behavior, public policy, minorities, transformations in sovereignty and political community, border and security studies, statelessness, naturalization, integration and citizen-making, and subnational, supranational, global, corporate, or multilevel citizenship. 

View Papers:
The Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas seeks to advance education and economic development in Arkansas and nationwide by focusing on the improvement of K-12 schools. The Department of Education Reform Working Paper series features research produced by the department's faculty, research staff and doctoral students. Research focuses on areas such as policy evaluation, teacher quality, non-cognitive skills development and measurement, school choice, educational leadership and the economics of education. The papers are available electronically and can be found at

News to Use
The Integration of Immigrants into American Society
Mary C. Waters and Marisa Gerstein Pineau, Editors; Panel on the Integration of Immigrants into American Society; Committee on PopulationDivision of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
The United States prides itself on being a nation of immigrants, and the country has a long history of successfully absorbing people from across the globe. The integration of immigrants and their children contributes to our economic vitality and our vibrant and ever changing culture. We have offered opportunities to immigrants and their children to better themselves and to be fully incorporated into our society and in exchange immigrants have become Americans - embracing an American identity and citizenship, protecting our country through service in our military, fostering technological innovation, harvesting its crops, and enriching everything from the nation's cuisine to its universities, music, and art.
Today, the 41 million immigrants in the United States represent 13.1 percent of the U.S. population. The U.S.-born children of immigrants, the second generation, represent another 37.1 million people, or 12 percent of the population. Thus, together the first and second generations account for one out of four members of the U.S. population. Whether they are successfully integrating is therefore a pressing and important question. Are new immigrants and their children being well integrated into American society, within and across generations? Do current policies and practices facilitate their integration? How is American society being transformed by the millions of immigrants who have arrived in recent decades?
To answer these questions, this new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine summarizes what we know about how immigrants and their descendants are integrating into American society in a range of areas such as education, occupations, health, and language.

Google in Kansas City: A tale of two-speed America
Financial Times
“As Google prepares to move on, the town is under intense scrutiny. Many politicians in other parts of the country hope the arrival of Google Fiber across ‘fly-over’ America will be as important as the railroads of the 19th and 20th centuries, helping the country build a durable, digital economy that can offset years of decline in industry and agriculture.
“In Kansas City, as in much of the US, the contrast between white middle-class and poorer African-American communities is stark. But the project has not been without problems. If Kansas City’s economy mirrors America, then so too do its racial and economic divisions. Some local politicians think a digital renaissance in the city has excluded those who miss out all too often in the US.”

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