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Cambio Center News - December 2017


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

What you'll find in this newsletter:

  • Cambio de Colores 2018: Call for Presentations
  • Cambio Center Fellows News
  • New Year, New Cambio Student Assistants
  • Two MU Course opportunities
  • 2018 Health Insurance Dates and Deadlines
  • Other Resources
  • Support Graduate Student Research

Cambio de Colores 2018 Call for Presentations

Call for Presentations
The Call for Presentations for the 2018 Cambio de Colores conference is now available! View it here:

Interested in presenting at the conference? Review the Call for Presentations and submit presentation proposals by 11:59pm on February 6, 2018.

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. 
Cambio Center Fellows Updates:
Fellow Dr. Sujin Kim reports on the experiences of a Korean migrant youth living in the U.S. in her recently published article. The article explores how the translanguaging approach affords a more comprehensive look into the youth's literacy development and identity work. 

Kim, S. (2017). “It was kind of a given that we were all multilingual”: Transnational youth identity work in digital translanguaging. Linguistics and Education.
Fellow Dr. Denise Adkinscontributed to (and helped compile) a list of recent works meant to help library and information science (LIS) instructors teach and promote diversity, equality, and inclusion in their curriculum. The list is intended to serve as a living document and the authors encourage LIS educators, professionals, and students to use the resources in relevant learning settings to further promote values of diversity and equality within the communities they serve.

Tang, R., & Adkins, D. (2017). Diversity in LIS Education Resources. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science58(4), 241-244.
Congratulations to student fellow Aphiradee Wongsiri, who successfully defended her dissertation on November 16, 2017! 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."
Results from a newly published article, co-written by Cambio fellow Dr. Gustavo Carlo, underscore the importance of familism values in prosocial development among Mexican American adolescents.

Knight, G. P., Mazza, G. L., & Carlo, G. (2017). Trajectories of familism values and the prosocial tendencies of Mexican American adolescents. Developmental psychology.
How are K-12 school counselors supporting undocumented students? Cambio fellow Dr. Emily Crawford's latest research article explores this topic and more.

Crawford, E. R., Aguayo, D., & Valle, F. (2017). Counselors as Leaders Who Advocate for Undocumented Students’ Education. Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 1942775117739301.

Welcome to New Cambio Center Student Communicators

Cristina Rivera Bosques, (Journalism/Strategic Communications) – Communications

Alejandro Alban (Masters in Industrial Engineering) – Language Services Program Coordinator

Maria Rodriguez Arroyo (Biological Sciences) – Language Services Program

Julio Solares (Accountancy) – Language Services Program

Mateo Mateo (Undeclared) – Language Services Program

Paula Herrera (Undeclared) – Language Services Program

Jacqueline Ledezma (Law) – Language Services Program


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


2018 Health Insurance Dates & Deadlines

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


Other Resources

The Role of Immigrants in Reviving the Great Lakes Region
New research, which focuses on the positive impacts immigrants have had on the Great Lakes region's working-class workers, was presented at the Welcoming Economies Global Network. The research was sponsored by the Partnership for a New American Economy Research Fund and released by the New American Economy and the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition. Read the full research report here.

The Evolution of Canada’s Approach to Immigrant Integration
An article from Migration Policy Institute provides a fascinating look at how immigration to Canada has shaped Canadian values, attitudes, and multiculturalism over the years, and may explain why Canada is often held up as a model for soundly crafted immigration policy. Read the article here.

DACA Recipient Who Calls The U.S. Home
Read the moving story of Ana Garcia, one of 3,000+ DACA recipients in Missouri, here.

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.