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Cambio Center News - November 2017


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

What you'll find in this newsletter:

  • National American Indian Heritage Month (November events)
  • Cambio Center Fellows News
  • Other Events & Opportunities
  • Two MU Course opportunities
  • 2018 Health Insurance: Dates and Deadlines
  • Support Graduate Student Research
November is National American Indian Heritage Month! Celebrate with these events at Mizzou:

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. 


Welcoming New Fellows

J.S. Onésimo (Ness) Sandoval, Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Public and Social Policy Ph.D. program at Saint Louis University
Dr. Sandoval's primary research interests focus on the intersection of Demographic Techniques and Computational Spatial Science to study spatial inequality in American cities. His research projects include Latino Demography projects that study Latino Pueblos and Hyper-Pueblos, the geography of racialized Latinos, and Pan-Latino Populations. The research projects are unified by an underlying theoretical concern with the intersection of inequality, race, and space with a specific focus on how Latinidad shapes urban and rural places. His research projects demonstrate his willingness to foster a methodological pluralism that facilitates the study of time-honored questions in refreshing and innovative ways. He has consciously designed his projects to initiate a dialogue that promotes new directions for scholarship that interrogates the meaning of Latino (e.g., Latinx) as a social and demographic construct.
Link to his web page.

Welcome to New Student Fellows
Leticia Martinez, a PhD student in Educational, School & Counseling Psychology, MU

Nancy Muro, a master's student in Educational, School & Counseling Psychology, MU


Cambio Center Fellows Updates:

Fellow Dr. Stephanie Potochnickrecently published a research brief, "Reversing Welfare Reform? Examining the effects of policy changes on Mexican immigrant families." The brief details how the 2002 Farm Bill influenced food insecurity rates and food stamp participation among low-income Mexican immigrant families. Read full brief out of the Institute for Public Policy.
Congratulations to student fellow Maria Rodriguez-Alcala for successfully defending her dissertation on November 2! Her dissertation title was "The Role of Social Capital and Acculturation in Healthcare Access: The Case of Hispanics in Missouri" and her advisor was Dr. Sandy Rikoon.
Student fellow Aphiradee Wongsiri will be defending her dissertation on November 16, 2017 at 12:30pm in 217 Mumford Hall. Her dissertation title is "Examining Forms of Capital: The Satisfaction with the Education and the Higher Education Opportunities of the Children of Latino Families in Three Rural Communities in Missouri." The dissertation defense is open to the public. 


Other Events & Opportunities

November 6
“More Than One Story: Immigrants in the United States”
Monday, November 6 at 5:30 in Hill Hall Room 314
Panel, dinner, and discussion. Details will be available here.
Co-sponsored by The Bridge, MU Latino Graduate, Professional Network, and the Cambio Center

November 7
"Mexican-American Females and the Bachelor's Degree: Challenges and Success Stories"
Tuesday, Nov 7 at 11am in The Bridge. 
Dr. Donette Alonzo will share her research using qualitative processes to listen to Latina voices. See flyer here.

November 9
Chenoa Allen - "The Effects of State Omnibus Immigration Laws on Public Benefits Enrollment for Latino Children in Immigrant Families"
Chenoa Allen, Health Disparities Research Scholars, University of Wisconsin
November 9 at 12:30pm in Student Center Room 1209
Sponsored by the MU Population, Education and Health Center (PEHC).

Free Webinar on November 9 - "One Year Later: Immigrant Trauma and How to Deal With It"
One year after the 2016 presidential election, millions of people are reeling from the misinformed rhetoric and harmful actions of the new administration. Join experts in psychology, social work, policy and education to learn about the trauma immigrants are facing and the best strategies to approach it. Watch the free webinar hosted by The Immigrant Learning Center Public Education Institute on Thursday, November 9, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST. Register here.

November 10
Opening Reception for 'Dream On' Art Show
Friday, Nov 10 at 3:30pm in the Multicultural Center
See visual art that addresses the issue of immigration in the U.S. Pieces from the Mizzou community and the larger Columbia community will be showcased.


MU Event on Monday, Nov 13: "Two Years Later..."
Join us Monday, Nov 13, in Jesse Wrench Auditorium to remember and reflect on the student movement of November 2015. This is an opportunity to measure how far we've come since then, and imagine together how we can continue successfully into the future. Event begins at 5pm with a screening of Spike Lee’s film “Two Fists Up.”  There will then be a reception with refreshments. Keynote event begins at 6:30pm with a presentation by senior Marshall Allen (Black Studies/Political Science major). Dr. David Golemboski (Kinder Institute) will be a discussant and Brittani Fults (Office of Civil Rights and Title IX) will moderate. See flyer to the right for details.

Part-time Paid Position for Spanish-Speaking Student
The Bilingualism and Aphasia Laboratory at the University of Missouri is looking for a highly motivated student who is a native speaker of Spanish to code Spanish production data collected from English learners of Spanish using fluency, word and picture naming tasks. This part-time position offers hourly pay and the opportunity to learn about psycholinguistic research. Prior research experience is highly desirable. For more information, please contact Dr. Roxana Botezatu at


MU Course Opportunities for Spring 2018
MU Spring 2018 Course: Language, Literacy, Identity, and Power
Spring 2018 LTC 8900 Language, Literacy, Identity, and Power
Thursdays, 4:00-6:45, Room Townsend Hall 204
Instructor: Angie Zapata, Ph.D

This doctoral level course serves as a semester long investigation into identity as a process of “becoming” rather than a mode of “being.” Students will examine how individuals perform different subject positions, such as gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, and socioeconomic class, through their everyday ways with words, texts and text-making processes, and shared material spaces. See flyer to the right. Please email Dr. Angie Zapata at for more information on this course.

MU Spring 2018 Course: The Cognitive Consequences of Bilingualism
Spring 2018 CSD 4001 The Cognitive Consequences of Bilingualism
3-credit undergraduate course; time and location TBD.
This course is intended to establish an understanding of bilingual language processing and of the consequences of bilingualism on cognition and the neural networks that support it more generally. Students will learn to interpret behavioral and electrophysiological measures of language processing and to identify patterns of language performance that distinguish bilinguals from monolinguals. For more information, please contact Dr. Roxana Botezatu at


You can enroll in or change 2018 Marketplace health insurance right now. The 2018 Open Enrollment Period runs from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017. If you don’t act by December 15, you can’t get 2018 coverage unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. Learn more at


Support Student Research through the Cambio Center Research Fund
The Cambio Center Research Fund is used to support graduate student research on Latinos and immigrants. As friends of the Cambio Center know, the research agenda of the Cambio Center focuses on applied research designed to improve community well-being by better understanding and supporting the integration of newcomers and immigrants. Students work in partnership with an expert faculty member during a semester, with clear goals for outputs and results. All funds raised will go directly towards supporting the research efforts of these students.

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