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Cambio Center News - May 2016


In this newsletter: Conference, 2015 Proceedings, Congratulations, Welcome Faculty Fellow, Student Fellows, Other Opportunities, and much more.

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2016 Conference
Latinos in the Heartland:
Building Bridges, Dialogue, and Opportunity
June 8-10, 2016
Courtyard Marriott in Columbia, Missouri

Keynote speakers include:
Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. 
President of the United States Hispanic Leaderships Institute (USHLI)

Dr. Gustavo Carlo
Professor of Human Development and Family Science, and Director of the Center for Family Policy and Research at the University of Missouri

Dr. Edmund 'Ted' Hamann
Professor of Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education at University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Dr. Sandy Magaña
Professor of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Learn more about keynote speakers and the program:

Register today:  Student rates and exhibitor tables are available. Late fees start on June 2.
Please follow and share the Conference page on Facebook

Full Program is Available: The full program is available online: Check out the 70+ presentations, posters and workshops covering health, education, civic and economic engagement, youth development, and changing communities. This interdisciplinary conference brings together practitioners, researchers, students, and those working with immigrant communities in sharing experiences and knowledge that facilitate integration of immigrants in new settlement areas.
Here is a flyer to share with your departments and colleagues!

Join the conference announcement list.

2015 Proceedings Book is available!
The proceedings from last year’s conference is available. This book is filled with the abstracts from the 2015 conference, plus seven selected papers in health, education, critical media literacy, intercultural competence, and more. A bilingual article is available on how a community worked to create a dual language program in a Wisconsin school district. Plus learn what researchers and practitioners are doing across the Midwest and the US to build leadership for inclusive communities. See the Cambio de Colores library for a free download.


Congratulations to Cambio Center Student Assistants
Congratulations to the hard working student assistants that help keep the Cambio Center open and effective. Thank you to our undergraduate journalism students who make our materials, proceedings, and marketing tools to share the Cambio story: Young Kwon, Eva Lopez, and Colette Rector.  Thank you to Tahely Garcia who worked in the Cambio Center for two years, helping with event planning, outreach, and organization.  Thank you also to María Senés, our graduate assistant who has worked tirelessly for two years on our research agenda, and culturally competent outreach and information sharing to the Spanish-speaking population, drawing upon her communications skills and lessons learned from her Masters of Public Health.  All of these students have graduated and started out on what are promising and will undoubtedly be successful careers. The best of luck!

With goodbyes, there are also welcomes. Welcome to the Cambio Center to Elmer Guardado, a new undergraduate assistant from the Journalism School. The Cambio Center is currently seeking to hire undergraduate assistants to continue to build our programs (interested students can write We also thank Aphiradee Wongsiri, our current graduate research assistant for her hard work in analyzing our Integration Data!

Congratulations to Cambio Center Student Fellows

Congratulations to Daisy Collins, Sarah May, and Lina Trigos who successfully defended their dissertations!

Congratulations to Maria Senés for completing her Masters of Public Health and being awarded the 2015-2016 Scholarship Award in Academic Excellence in the program.

Congratulations to Maria Rodríguez Alcalá for successfully completing her comps and being ABD!

Congratulations to Michael Hendricks for completing his master’s degree, and beginning his doctoral studies!  And for the fantastic accomplishment of having his research agenda recently funded to travel to Nicaragua to do survey research.

Congratulations again to Lina Trigos for receiving the Chairs' Memorial Scholarship at the Conference on College Composition and Communication 2016, where she presented the following two presentations:

Trigos-Carrillo, L. (April, 2016). Gender Discourses and Identities of First-Generation University Women Students in Latin America. Paper presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA), Washington, DC.

Trigos-Carrillo, L. (April, 2016). A Critical Approach to Academic Literacies in Latin America: A Multiple- Case Study. Paper presented at the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication. Houston, Texas.

Cambio Center fellows can send their updates to

Welcome New Fellow!
Welcome to Dr. Deborah Hume, a new Cambio Center Fellow.
Dr. Hume is an Associate Teaching Professor in Health Sciences and in the Master of Public Health Program, and the Director of the Health Promotion and Policy Emphasis Area in the MPH Program at MU. Dr. Hume's work in teaching and promoting public health has included topics concerning immigrant health, migration and public health, and human trafficking.
Link to her web page.

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!

Other Opportunities

Webinar: Building United Communities: Integration Strategies from Faith Organizations
Faith communities from across the religious spectrum have a long history of welcoming and integrating immigrants and refugees and remain at the forefront of immigrant integration. On Thursday, June 2, 2016, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. EST, The ILC Public Education Institute hosts a free webinar Building United Communities: Integration Strategies from Faith Organizations to present data and trends, replicable and adaptable practices, and expert perspectives from leaders of faith communities. Register here.
This free professional development opportunity is tailored to meet the needs of practitioners, leaders and volunteers in immigrant-serving and faith-based organizations and others who want to be better informed about creating welcoming and cohesive communities. To learn more, click here

MoCAP Internship: Gain hands-on experience before graduation
This new internship offers a unique opportunity for graduate students to learn about federal and nationally competed funding opportunities as part of our MoCAP program. In addition, the intern will help raise awareness of these funding opportunities in Missouri-based organizations and assist with tracking and communicating key outcomes of the program.

This is at least a one-year appointment beginning on the date of hire. Insight will also be gained regarding the workings of philanthropy and the mission and values of the Foundation. Details:


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