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Cambio Center News - September 2016

The University of Missouri's Cambio Center leads research and outreach on Latinos and changing communities.

What you'll find in this September newsletter:

  • The Cambio Center is now hiring translators!
  • Save the date: October 11 - Honduran guest speaker Martín Fernández
  • Cambio Center Fellows' News
  • Check out the Cambio Center Digital Library
  • Other opportunities: webinars, events, resources, and more
Seeking Translators
Want to work for the Cambio Center?
The MU Cambio Center is looking for bilingual MU students who speak, read, and write Spanish very well to assist its Language Services Program. Our work includes the translation of texts between English and Spanish, as well as transcription of recorded Spanish audio. We have flexible hours and sporadic work, and will provide ongoing training in translation techniques. Translating is a great skill that bilingual people can develop with training and practice.

If you are interested, please write to We are looking to hire quickly to start work in early October.


Guest Speaker from Honduras 
October 11, 7pm in Arts and Sciences Room 113
MU will welcome Martín Fernández to speak on "Justice for Berta and Beyond: The Fight Against Impunity and Corruption in Honduras" on Tuesday, October 11th at 7pm in Arts and Sciences Room 113.

Martin Fernández is the National Coordinator of the Movement for Dignity and Justice (MADJ). He will discuss this grassroots organization’s work in the context of Honduras today, and how US policies and security aid contribute directly to the ongoing crisis. See flyer.

Sponsored by MU Voz LatinaCambio CenterPeace Studies, and theMulticultural Center.


Cambio Center Fellows' News

We share news about our fellows on the Cambio Center Website, where you can find more details about the updates provided below. Here are some recent highlights:

Cordones CookRodriguez AlcalaCongratulations to Georgina Herrera, and our talented fellows Dr. Juanamaria Cordones-Cook (left) and Maria Rodriguez-Alcala (right) for their work on the award-winning book, Always Rebellious/Cimarroneando: Selected poems by Georgina Herrera. The book won the first place award in the category "Best Poetry Book - One Author - Bilingual" in The 2016 International Latino Book Awards. Dr. Cordones-Cook wrote the introduction and notes for the book, and she and Rodriguez-Alcala worked on the translation. Always Rebellious/Cimarroneando is available for purchase


GudinoCambio Fellow Alejandra Gudiño’s leadership in promoting inclusion and equity in Extension was recently recognized on a national and state level. Alejandra has been named a leader in the area of Reaching New Audiences in the eXtension Community of Practice on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She was also recently selected as a Champion for Immigrant Youth by the State 4-H Program Leaders.


PalermoCambio Fellow Dr. Francisco Palermo's research findings on Spanish-speaking preschoolers were recently published inApplied Psycholinguistics and Early Education and Development, and they provide key information to parents and teachers of preschoolers. See Education Week's blog post on his findings.



CollinsCongratulations to Fellow Dr. Daisy Collins for her new position as the Abstinence-based Education Program (AEP) Program Coordinator in the School of Social Work at Missouri State University. Dr. Collins will lead the Latino Parent Education program, Let’s Talk- Hablemos, and the community-based Making A Difference sexual health and wellness program for youth between 11-14 years of age.


potochnickDr. Stephanie Potochnick shared her research findings in “Local-level immigration enforcement and food insecurity risk among Hispanic immigrant families with children: national-level evidence,” an article recently published in the Journal of Immigrant Minority Health. Learn more about the article and Dr. Potochnick's work from the MU News Bureau's press release.



digital library link
The Cambio Center Digital Library

The digital library has the research and best practices papers from the 11 conference proceedings books, and will be expanded further this year.


St Louis 2017

The 16th annual Cambio de Colores conference in 2017 will be held in St. Louis.


Other Opportunities and Resources


Celebrando Nuestras Culturas / Celebrating Our Cultures
October 8th, 2-5pm at Boone County Courthouse Plaza - 801 E Walnut

This annual event recognizes Latin@ cultures and heritage. Join in music, dance, a parade of flags, singing and performances, and much more in this family-friendly event.

Sponsored by MU Voz Latina (contact: See flyer.


New Research on Improving Immigrant Access to Workforce Services
In the fall of 2015, Aspen Institute's Workforce Strategies Initiative engaged in research to better understand how organizations in the workforce development and immigrant-serving fields currently intersect and how they could further partner to improve policies and practices for connecting immigrants to skill-building and career advancement opportunities. Improving Immigrant Access to Workforce Services: Partnerships, Practices, and Policieswritten by Marcela Montes and Vickie Choitz and released August 2016,summarizes key themes from that research. You can learn more and download the report here.


Register for the MALAS 2016 Conference
The MALAS (Midwest Association for Latin American Studies) 2016 Conference will be held October 13-15 at the Clayton Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, MO. The conference pre-registration deadline is Friday, September 30, 2016. Learn more or register via PayPal here.


Free Webinar: Get the Facts about Immigrants, Cops and Crime
The misinformation about immigrants and refugees in the U.S. has perhaps never been greater. When it comes to immigrants and crime, what are the facts? 

Get the latest data and best practices in the free webinar "Building United Communities: Immigrants, Cops and Crime" on Thursday, October 6, 2016, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST, hosted by The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) Public Education Institute in Malden, MA. 

With experts in law enforcement, immigrant integration, and research, this webinar teach you:

  • The most credible data on immigrants and refugees to dispel myths,
  • Proven strategies to build alliances between local law enforcement and new Americans, and
  • Research-based messaging and framing techniques to reach your audience.

New Report Available on Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration
From The National Academies Press, a new report by Francine D. Blau and Christopher Mackie, The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration, is now available for pre-order or free digital download.


Free Customized Data on Immigrants and Immigration
Immigration Data on Demand (iDod) is a service that provides academics, policy-makers, and the public with free custom research with fact sheets and data related to immigrants and immigration in the U.S. Learn more or submit an iDod request form here.


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