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Cambio Center News - October 2015

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

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2016 Conference: Building Bridges, Dialogue, and Opportunity
June 8-10, 2016

The 2016 Cambio de Colores conference will be in Columbia, Missouri, on June 8-10, 2016. Call for Presentations will be circulated soon. Join our announcement list.

Welcome New Faculty Fellow

Roxana Botezatu, Assistant Professor, Communication Science and Disorders, MU
Dr. Botezatu uses bilingualism and post-stroke aphasia as platforms for investigating the cognitive mechanisms underlying word recognition and retrieval in adults. Specifically, I use behavioral and electrophysiological measures to evaluate: dynamics of spoken and written word recognition, the relationship between language production and comprehension, error monitoring in speech production, bidirectional cross-linguistic transfer, and desirable difficulties in language learning and rehabilitation.
Link to her webpage.

Updates from Fellows
See our new webpage dedicated to fellows’ updates: 

Dr. Stephen Christ, of Truman State University, was featured in the Academic Minute: Authenticity of Mexican Restaurants.

Dr. Nadia Navarrete-Tindall, a State Extension Specialist focused on Native Plants at Lincoln University in Missouri, has been supporting the creation of a Finca in Haywood City, Missouri. The finca was featured in Acres USA magazine.
"The project, which is funded by a grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, also uses the Spanish word 'finca' as an acronym to express the project's goal - Families Integrating Nature, Conservation and Agriculture. The finca in Haywood City is meant to model a more human-scaled and eco-friendly form of agriculture that strengthens communities by putting small, non-productive plots of land to use. Unlike agriculture that succeeds at the expense of the environment, the finca uses no chemicals, and its native plants support biodiversity within the local environment." From the October 2015 article "A Missouri Finca".

Dr. Mary Leuci (Rural Sociology and Community Development Extension) was recently inducted into the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship at the annual meeting of Engagement Scholarship Consortium. She is the first MU faculty or staff member to be included in the academy.
Engagement is really about how the University engages with the community for mutually beneficial reasons and it’s not just about how we go to work for communities or do things to them,” says who serves as an assistant dean for community development within CAFNR and has been involved in collaborative and interdisciplinary initiatives in various capacities at MU since 1986. “We work with them and it’s mutual learning… We bring our research and our skills and experience to it. There is knowledge in a community that is a different kind of knowledge that is equally as important and it’s why we together to advance mutual knowledge.” Read more about this recognition.

Dr. Sarah Killoren (Human Development and Family Studies) recently published findings from a multi-year study of Mexican American sibling relationships and how early adolescence siblings relationships related to the siblings' mental health and risk behaviors in late adolescence.
“Similar to work with European-American and African-American families, we found adolescents with sibling relationships characterized as positive or negative, and we also found a group that we labeled ‘affect-intense’ because siblings in this group experienced moderate levels of intimacy and negativity,” said Sarah Killoren, an assistant professor of human development and family science at MU. “An important difference, however, is that we didn’t find an ‘uninvolved’ group among Mexican-origin siblings in which siblings have low levels of intimacy and low levels of conflict. This may be due to the cultural emphasis Latino families place on family interdependence. Research shows Mexican-origin siblings spend more time with their brothers and sisters than with their parents and their peers during adolescence.” From MU News release.
The article, “Profiles of Sibling Relationship Quality: Links to Familism Values and Adjustment,” will be published in the International Journal of Behavioral Development.

Student Fellows!

Cambio Center student fellows are meeting monthly to exchange ideas, share work, and receive feedback from their colleagues. Their next meeting will be Tuesday, Nov 10, 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. 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”: 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. The last training this semester will be Nov 16 at 3:30pm. Sign up here.

Other Opportunities

MPH Interdisciplinary Extramural Research Proposal Retreat
The Masters in Public Health program has been awarded $10,000 from the Mizzou Advantage program to conduct a grantwriting retreat for faculty and designated mentors in May 2016. The purpose of the retreat will be to have time set aside for a faculty member plus their designated mentor to develop one idea for a research or program evaluation project into a fundable proposal for submission to a determined agency. It is expected that faculty will strive to develop scholarly work that is interdisciplinary, either across the Columbia campus or the UM system.
The Retreat will be held the week after the May 2016 graduation. Applications will be due by February 1, 2016. Application and Concept Paper guidelines are forthcoming. All faculty who are awarded participation in the Retreat will be expected to join the Public Health Interdisciplinary Research Forum as we hope this Retreat will produce the ‘tipping point’ for future development of research and scholarly work. Deadline is January 4. Contact us ( if you’d like more info and we will send you the materials we received from the program.

The Association of Latin@ American Students 25th Anniversary
November 11 at 7pm in the Multicultural Center
Join us for a conversation from alumna who contributed to the start of ALAS (when it was HALO), how far we have come, and how far we have left to go.

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:           

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History – Special Program Series at the Columbia Public Library.  Discover how the rich and varied experiences of Latinos have contributed to American culture at the library this fall.
Events include:
Heavy Medal: Moch Newbery Special Session on Nov 4 at 4:30pm
Singing and Dancing through Stories with Olga Loya on Nov 8 at 2pm
Mexican Folklore with La Morena on Nov 12 at 7pm
Film: Cesar Chavez on Nov 18 at 6:30pm
Spanish Story Time / Hora de cuentos en familia on Nov 19 at 5:30p and 6:30pm
Details available:

News to Use

The Maneater Editorial: DACA Students Deserve a Fair Shot at an Affordable Education

The US Dept of Education released Resource Guide: Supporting Undocumented Youth. A Guide for Success in secondary and postsecondary settings.
p9 - tips for secondary schools; p17 tips for universities

ILC Webinar Recordings Available on Building United Communities of Immigrants and African Americans
Here are the modules that were presented, with links to recordings and slides:
Replicable Models and Tools to Build Integrated Communities:

Communication Strategies to Create Allies and Spread Your Message (slides):

Demographic, Historical and Political/Economic Dimensions of Tensions Between Immigrants and African Americans:

Changing Face of America: Portrait of the Foreign-born in the U.S.:

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