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Cambio Center News - March 2016

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

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2016 Cambio de Colores Conference
Latinos in the Heartland: Building Bridges, Dialogue, and Opportunity

June 8-10, 2016
Keynote speakers include:
Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr, the President of the US Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI)
Dr. Edmund ‘Ted’ Hamann, Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, & Teacher Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Here is a flyer to share with your departments and colleagues!

The program will be available in early April. This year the conference will feature over 70 presentations, workshops and posters.
Early Bird Registration is open and available until April 15.
Join the conference announcement list.

early bird registration

Welcome New Fellows!

Daisy Collins
Adjunct Professor of Multicultural Education in the Reading, Foundations and Technology Department at Missouri State University

Her research examines Hispanic women/Latinas' experiences and perceptions about their journey to leadership in higher education, the barriers that they encounter as they attempt ascension into administrative positions, and their access to and acquisition of resources needed for their success. This research is part of her doctoral studies in MU's Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis department.
Link to her web page.

Sujin Kim
Postdoctoral Fellow in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis 
Dr. Kim's research interests include bilingual/literacy education for diverse learners, immigrant youth identity development, and language education policy.  She is currently designing and conducting a mixed-method research project on how school board members’ sense-making of demographic changes shapes educational policy. 
Link to her web page.

Gerardo Martinez 
Director of Alianzas. Alianzas seeks to build effective intercultural communication and alliances between UM Extension, Latino residents and the larger community.

Jamille Palacios Rivera
Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Dr. Palacios's research examines economic aspects of the farm labor market, among other areas of interest.
See our full list of Fellows and some of their updates at Fellows News.

Welcome New Student Fellows!

Aaron Arredondo – Doctoral Student in Sociology
Mattie Hill - Masters student in Agricultural and Applied Economics
Sarah Pierotti – Doctoral student in Human Development and Family Studies
Andrea Tappmeyer - Doctoral student in Sustainable Development
Lina Trigos-Carrillo - Doctoral student in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum

Updates from Fellows

See our new webpage dedicated to fellows’ updates: 

Denice AdkinsDr. Denice Adkins - Information Science and Learning Technology
Dr. Adkins was awarded a research grant from The Online Computer Library Center and ALISE to develop profiles of Latino communities' information practices in the US. These profiles will describe how Latinos use social media and mobile technologies to seek, access, and use information online. The profiles can help libraries to tailor their efforts to support Latino communities' access to reliable information and library resources.

 Dr Cordones CookDr. Juanamaria Cordones-Cook - Romance Languages and Literatures
Dr. Cordones-Cook is a professor, writer, documentary filmmaker, and conference-organizer extraordinaire. She works on projects related to postcolonial theories and issues of identity, race, and gender as they relate to the Afro-Latin American Diaspora.
Dr. Cordones-Cook is the project director of the Afro-Cuban Artists: A Renaissance conference on April 27-30. Three leading contemporary Afro-Cuban artists will be in attendance and have exhibits or performances. Keynote lectures will include premiere Afro-Cuban scholars from around the world.

Erin Smith – Math Education
Erin Smith has recently published two papers:

Smith, E., Sakow, M., & de Araujo, Z. (2015). Preservice teachers’ selection of mathematical tasks for English language learners. In Bartell, T. G., Bieda, K. N., Putnam, R. T., Bradfield, K., & Dominguez, H. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 37th annual meeting for the North American Chapter for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (pp. 932–935). East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University. Link.

de Araujo, Z., I, J.Y., Smith, E., & Sakow, M. (2015). Preservice teachers’ strategies to support English language learners.In Bartell, T. G., Bieda, K. N., Putnam, R. T., Bradfield, K., & Dominguez, H. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 37th annual meeting for the North American Chapter for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (pp. 648–655). East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University. Link.

Lisa Dorner – Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA)
Dr. Dorner’s most recently published works include:
Dorner, L. (2015.) From relating to (re)presenting: Challenges and lessons learned from an ethnographic study with young children. Qualitative Inquiry, 21(4), 354–365.  doi:10.1177/1077800414557824
Dorner, L. (2015). From global jobs to safe spaces: The diverse discourses that sell multilingual schooling in the U.S. Current Issues in Language Planning, 16(1&2), 114-131.

Cambio Center fellows can send their updates to

Cambio Center Student Fellows
Cambio Center student fellows meet regularly to exchange ideas, share work, and receive feedback from their colleagues.

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 have 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. The program has updated its fees schedule, as of 4/1/2016, which is available here.

MU Opportunities

The MU Latino Graduate and Professional Network presents:
Theatre of the Oppressed: A Workshop and Performance
Wednesday, April 13, 6-8pm, in Memorial Union – Walt Disney Room

Come join us and experience a new way to think about and discuss issues that are actively affecting our MU community through theater. This event will consist of a performance, put on by Mizzou's own Interactive Theatre Troupe, and directed by our very own LGPN members Xiomara Cornejo and Barbara Salvadori Heritage, in addition to a workshop aimed at teaching individuals how to handle and discuss difficult subjects with others.  
The workshop will consist of an hour introduction to theatre games and activities, based on Augusto Boal’s theatre for social change model called Theatre of the Oppressed. Theatre games and activities will include image theatre that engages participants in exploring and discussing issues of systemic oppression through theatre and play. See flyer:

Afro Cuban Artists: A Renaissance conference

April 27-30, 2016, Columbia, Missouri
See related events before and during conference:
Register by April 20!

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

Building Inclusive Clinics Workshop
Columbia, Missouri
April 28, 2016
8:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
The Center for Health Policy and NCCJ St. Louis invite you to participate in the Building Inclusive Clinics Workshop, an 8-hour introductory session that builds awareness and support for inclusion through short presentations, experiential activities, reflection, and dialogue. To register or for more information, contact:

Youth Mental Health First Aid
8-hour certificate course: April 25, 8:30a-5p
$25 fee, lunch and coffee provided
You are more likely to encounter someone — friend, family member, student, neighbor, or member of the community — in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care. Anyone can take the 8-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid course, but it is ideally designed for adults who work with young people, ages 12-18 — teachers, coaches, leaders of faith communities, social workers, and other caring citizens. See MU Extension for details.

Other Opportunities

Global Ideas for U.S. Solutions
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
2016 Call for Proposals
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is looking globally for ideas to help us build a Culture of Health in the United States, where everyone has the opportunity to live healthier lives, no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they make. Details:

Latina Researchers Conference 2016: Call for Proposals
July 14-16, 2016, San Antonio, TX
 The Latina Researchers Conference brings divers scholars, researchers, evaluators and aspiring investigators from across the U.S. A key focus of the conference is to address the under-representation of diverse scholars in research and evaluation activities in the academy and related professions. Participants include research scientists, evaluators, academicians, higher education administrators, graduate students and various members of professional organizations and research institutes. Federal agencies, institutes and funders as well as leaders in philanthropy are also invited to attend.

Abstracts must be submitted online by using the following links or copying and pasting the link to a new browser:

 Learn more.


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