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Cafecito & Coursework Online. Join the Cambio Center study group every Tuesday this semester from 5:00-8:00 p.m. To get the Zoom link, register at    

The Cambio Center Welcomes New Board Members Guadalupe Pérez-Anzaldo, Irma Arteaga, Mansoo Yu, and Rocío Rivera! Pérez-Anzaldo is an Associate Professor in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at MU.  Arteaga is an Associate Professor at the Truman School of Government and Public Affairs at MU. Yu is an Associate Professor of Social Work and Public Health at MU, Faculty Advisor for the MSW/MPH Dual Program, and Associate Director of the Center for Children and Families Across Cultures. Rivera is an Associate Professor in the Division of Animal Sciences at MU.                                               

Changing Communities: Racial and ethnic diversity have grown dramatically in the United States in the last three decades. This growth was first evident among children. In 2018, 50% of U.S. children were White, non-Hispanic; 25% were Hispanic; 14% were Black, non-Hispanic; 5% were Asian, non-Hispanic; and 5% were non-Hispanic "All other races." This population is projected to become even more diverse in the decades to come. The percentage of children who are Hispanic has grown substantially, increasing from 9% of the child population in 1980 to 25% in 2016. In 2020, less than half of all children are projected to be White, non-Hispanic. By 2050, it is projected that 39% of all children will be White, non-Hispanic; 31% will be Hispanic; 14% will be Black, non-Hispanic; 7% will be Asian, non-Hispanic; and 9% will be non-Hispanic "All other races." Source:


 NOTE: NH = non-Hispanic origin; AIAN = American Indian and Alaska Native; API = Asian and Pacific Islander; NHPI = Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. Each group represents the non-Hispanic population, with the exception of the Hispanic category itself. Race data from 2000 onward are not directly comparable with data from earlier years. Data on race and Hispanic origin are collected separately. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race. SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division.

2020 Cambio de Colores Webinar Series Now Available!  We would like to thank all our speakers and attendees who participated June 17-20. You can now view the videos online. The three videos and other invited speakers can be found below:

Panel 1:

Keynote Speaker: 

Panel 2: 

Bradd Anderson "Expanding Diversity and Inclusiveness on Missouri's State 4-H Council": 

Daisy Barrón "¡Mi escencia es mi valor! Essence & Courage Portraiture of Hispanic Women/Latinas Navigating Higher Education Institution": 

Rob Greenhaw "Science Instruction for ELs: Language, Discourse, and Practices": 

Daisy Skelly "A Mixed-Methods Study of Applying Andragogical Practices to an Online TESOL Teacher Training Course at a Midwestern University":  

 The 2019 Proceeding Are Now Available! Download the 2019 Cambio de Colores Conference Proceedings today. Click on the image to open the document!  

Welcome to Cambio Center's New Student Fellows!

Chuka Nestor Emezue, Sinclair School of Nursing, MU

Chuka Nestor Emezue, MPH, MPA is a Ph.D. student, Delta Omega National public health inductee and Sinclair Fellow at the MU Sinclair School of Nursing. He holds a master’s degree in Public Health Policy from the MU School of Health Professions, and a masters in Public Affairs from the MU Truman School of Public Affairs. Chuka's research tailors culturally relevant stigma-informed interventions for minority male intimate partner abusers and/or survivors of partner violence across all ages, with particular emphasis on immigrant and rural populations. He is currently adapting and field-testing mobile health behavior change interventions that support the safety, wellbeing, and empowerment of survivors of partner violence and preventing recidivism among recently rehabilitated partner abusers. He remains passionate about global narratives, an equitable health policy agenda, proactive community engagement, and democratizing the power of storytelling in humanizing marginalized communities.

Monica Romero, Psychology, MU

My name is Monica Romero and my research interest relates to helping English Learner students. My research includes developing culturally sensitive assessment and interventions, dual-language learning instructions, the reading development of EL students with a specific learning disability, improving the utilization of evidence-based interventions, and Latinx families/school system collaboration. My research interest relates to the Cambio Center’s mission by bridging the research to practice gap among EL students and their families. Taking a social justice lens and advocating to improve a system for EL students. The hope is to foster change and provide inclusion for EL students and close the academic achievement gap.

Xiomara Cornejo, Theatre and Performance Studies, MU

Xiomara Cornejo’s research includes the integration of interactive theatre as an active learning method that functions across various fields and within diverse communities. Interactive theatre serves as a means of exploring social justice topics, including racism, xenophobia, sexual identity, and religious affiliation, and creates opportunities for folks from various walks of life and points of views to come together and examine these issues through theatre. Unlike most learning methods, theatre transcends language barriers and is a more inclusive and diverse form of promoting education and learning. Cornejo’s research practice also includes advocating for and producing multi-cultural theatre that celebrates personal narratives about the Latinx experience in the United States and Latin America.


Stephanie Hernández Rivera, Educational Leadership in Policy Analysis, MU

Hernandez Rivera's research interests are focused on the experiences of those who experience marginality at the intersection of multiple identities, specifically in higher education. This includes Women of Color, Queer Students of Color and Queer Women of Color. I have done narrative scholarly work about my own experiences as a Puerto Rican woman, engaging in practices of healing and resistance in higher education. I have also worked with Women of Color ofexperinecesdifferent ethnic identities and how they navigate institutions of higher learning. I am hoping my research will inform the actions, policies and practice of students, administrators, faculty, and practitioners.


Jenny Melo, Rural Sociology, MU

Melo's research focuses on analytical interdisciplinary frameworks to understand "green businesses" and "businesses of the biodiversity" boosted to improve the livelihood of rural communities in Latin America, paying special attention to its potential trade-offs. This helps to understand current socioeconomic dynamics in Latin American communities.


Andrés Felipe Mesa Valencia, Rural Sociology, MU

Mesa Valencia has a B.S. in Animal Science and an MSc in Food Science and Technology at the National University of Colombia. His field and research work have been oriented to the strengthening of food safety procedures for small producers to have access to markets, food security in Colombian rural areas, and characterizing functional foods to strengthen the value chain. Currently, he is researching on Latino students facing food insecurity on Campus and structuring the value chain with small producers. He is also working as a Graduate Assistant with the Cambio Center.


Policy Brief "The Implications of In-State Resident Tuition Policies on Immigrant Health in the U.S.": Cambio Center board member and fellows Stephanie Potochnick and Olivia Piontek, Masters student at the Truman School of Public Affairs share this policy brief. Click here to read.

Scientific Evidence: The Society for Research in Child Development released "The Science is Clear: Separating Families has Long-Term Damaging Psychological & Health Consequences...". Thanks to the invited experts, including MU's Dr. Gustavo Carlo, for this summary of scientific evidence.

Cambio eBriefs are short introductions to our fellows' research topics for a general audience. They seek to connect our communities to the research findings and initiatives of university researchers and their colleagues.

ebrief 18 cover Examining Storylines of Emergent Bilinguals in Algebra Textbooks
by Zandra de Araujo, Erin Smith, and Amy Dwiggins - digital version and print version
Developing Inclusive Multilingual Family Literacy Projects
by Lisa M. Dorner, Edwin Bonney, Lina Trigos-Carrillo, Kim Song, and Sujin Kim - digital version
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See other eBriefs and Cambio publications.


2018 Conference Proceedings
(Published June 2019)
Cambio de Colores: Latinx in the Heartland: Fostering Resilience and Cross-Cultural Connections. Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference: June 6-8, 2018, Kansas City, Missouri

Download full 2018 Proceedings book, free of charge.

2017 Conference Proceedings
(Published June 2018)
Cambio de Colores: Todos Juntos: Collaboration and Unity in Uncertain Times. Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference: June 14-16, 2017, St. Louis, Missouri

Download full 2017 Proceedings book, free of charge. 

Research Brief: "Reversing Welfare Reform? Examining the effects of policy changes on Mexican immigrant families", by Dr. Stephanie Potochnick
How has 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.

October 2017 - See the semester calendar of events about immigrants and immigration policy.

September 2017
DACA Panel on Monday, September 18, 2017

MU Statement on DACA: "... we request a fair and compassionate solution to support the young people who have been placed in desperate situations through no fault of their own. More than 35 DACA students attend the University of Missouri System campuses, and they are charged the same tuition that applies to international students, as per state law. We will work closely with our DACA students to provide support and guidance during this period of uncertainty.”

See resources list provided by MU Voz Latina.

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