22nd Annual Cambio de Colores

Sparking Change, Integration, and Deep Connections

June 5 - 7, 2024

Join Us in Kansas City!

Mark your calendar for June 5-7! Cambio de Colores is back, and it is a conference you don’t want to miss. This professional development opportunity is a great time to share and learn about research and promising practices on the integration of Latines/Hispanics and immigrants in new destinations.

The theme for 2024 — Sparking Change, Integration, and Deep Connections — renews our call to action and commitment to learn alongside leaders and experts from our changing communities. Come join us!

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Registration is Open

Register by May 5, 2024 for Early Bird rate.



Full Conference

  • $285 early bird; extended through May 5, 2024 
  • $340 regular; through May 31, 2024 
  • $385 late registration; beginning May 31, 2024 
  • $150 Student Registration


**Registration covers Wednesday light reception, Thursday breakfast and lunch and Friday breakfast, and attendance at all workshops, presentations, and performances.



One Day Registration

  • $150; Thursday, June 6, 2024


Site Visits

  • $45 early bird registration; through April 26, 2024
  • $55 late registration; beginning April 26, 2024


2024 Special Invited Guests

Kansas City Mayor, Quinton Lucas

Born and raised in Kansas City’s East Side communities, Mayor Quinton Lucas has served as the 55th mayor of Kansas City since 2019.

As mayor, he led Kansas City’s adoption of the nationally acclaimed zero-fare transit initiative, which maintains a fare free public transit system on bus and rail transit citywide. Mayor Lucas also championed the resurfacing of hundreds of miles of Kansas City’s streets and sidewalks, addressing a year’s long maintenance backlog in every Kansas City neighborhood.

During his tenure, Mayor Lucas has promoted Kansas City globally, bringing new conferences and businesses to the City and securing the City’s position as one of only 11 American cities to host the 2026 Soccer World Cup.

Mayor Lucas is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and obtained a law degree from Cornell University. Prior to serving as mayor, he represented the City’s Third District At-Large on the City Council where he led on issues such as the new airport terminal, economic development, and public safety.

Headshot of Kansas City Mayor, Quinton Lucas

Kansas City Latin Jazz Orchestra

The Kansas City Latin Jazz Orchestra is a professional performance ensemble. It integrates young graduates from our Latin Jazz Studies Program and established professionals, master musicians, and visiting artists. The artistic ethos of the orchestra is based on a commitment to passing on musical knowledge and transmitting values that enlighten and edify our communities and local artistic ecosystem. Our programming contributes to the preservation and creative advancement of the art form as well as generating a sustainable and equitable music industry in our region.

Image of the Kansas City Latin Jazz Orchestra musicians

2024 Keynotes

Montserrat Garibay

Montserrat Garibay is the Acting Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director for the Office of English Language Acquisition and Senior Advisor for Labor Relations, Office of Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. Previously she was the secretary-treasurer of the Texas American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and served as vice president for Certified Employees with Education Austin.  Ms. Garibay was a bilingual pre-kindergarten teacher for eight years and a National Board-Certified Teacher. She is a graduate of the National Labor Leadership Initiative with the Worker Institute at Cornell University and is a University of Texas-Austin graduate with a master’s degree in Education. An activist on education and immigration issues, Garibay came to the U.S. from Mexico City as an undocumented immigrant and became a citizen 20 years later. She has been instrumental in promoting opportunities for all students, including those from immigrant families.

Image of 2024 Cambio de Colores Keynote, Montserrat Garibay

Migrantes Unidos

Migrantes Unidos is a mutual support group of over 100 asylum seekers from Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean who have harnessed their time together toward collective action against the use of ankle monitors and other forms of detention in immigration enforcement. This group is centered among a supportive team of service providers, researchers, and advocates who are committed to positioning asylum seekers as critical thinkers and leaders who have produced three main forms of practical knowledge: 1) the physical and mental toll of ankle monitors and other immigration surveillance tactics that are inappropriately referred to as “Alternatives to Detention;” 2) collective strategies to prevent harm on oneself and others; and, 3) core values and priorities in creating reciprocal partnerships between academics and non-academics to pursue justice. These forms of knowledge embedded in practice and rooted in action have advanced current public understanding of race, justice, and dignity in the social sciences and humanities as well as public policy and religious practice.

Image of 2024 Cambio de Colores Keynote, Migrantes Unidos protesting with signs in hands that read in spanish

Amalia Daché

Dr. Amalia Daché’s groundbreaking work includes a geographic mixed-method study, “Mapping Public Housing and Urban Higher Education Accessibility and Enrollment in Philadelphia”. In this primarily ethnographic study she collaborated with a North Philadelphia Affordable Housing community that is both predominantly Puerto Rican and Afro-Latino to learn of their educational trajectories navigating the local landscape of Philadelphia. Nationally, she co-leads research on the history of slavery on U.S. college campuses and universities’ engagement in reparations, showcased through the Project SHARPE website. Internationally, her exploration of Cuban educational histories, the 1990s “balseros,” and academic freedom violations at Cuban universities paints a vivid picture of her commitment to global perspectives.

Image of 2024 Cambio de Colores Keynote, Amalia Dache

Dr. Trish Morita-Mullaney

Dr. Trish Morita-Mullaney is an Associate Professor at Purdue and holds a courtesy appointment in Asian American Studies program. Her research focuses on the intersections between language learning, gender, and race and how this informs the identity acts of educators of multilingual communities. Guided by critical and feminist thought, she examines how these overlapping identities inform the logics of educational decision making for multilingual families. She has studied the Lau case and how it was developed, experienced, and implemented by the Chinese American community of San Francisco, representing the original history and voice of Lau. She has a forthcoming book on the Chinese perspective of Lau with Multilingual Matters in August 2024.

Image of 2024 Cambio de Colores Keynote, Trish Morita Mullaney

Building a Community of Practice

Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) is a multistate conference hosted by the Cambio Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Since 2002, Cambio de Colores has brought together researchers, practitioners, policymakers, students and community members to exchange their experiences and research findings about Latines/Hispanics and changing communities.

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Thanks to our 2024 Sponsors

             Logo: USDA Regional Food Business Centers - Heartland             Logo: Latin Jazz Institute - Kansas City Latin Jazz Orchestra
                                       stlmu.com                 heartlandfoodbusiness.org               kansascitylatinjazzorchestra.com
 Logo: UMKC Institute for Human Development

University of Missouri-Kansas City SPONSORS:
Division of Diversity and Inclusion | Department of Race, Ethnic and Gender Studies |Institute for Human Development

University of Missouri-Columbia SPONSORS:
College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources | College of Arts and Science | College of Education and Human Development | Department of Human Development and Family Science |Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity | International Programs |  The MU Provost Office |  The Truman School of Government and Public Affairs

A special thank you to our Advisory Board, Fellows, Cambio de Colores Planning Committee, and our Kansas City community partners:

Logo: El Centro     Logo: Guadalupe Centers Logo: Latinx Education Collaborative