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Cambio de Colores 2004
Latinos in Missouri:
Gateway to a New Community

March 10-12, 2004
University of Missouri-St. Louis

Last updated:
September 9, 2004






























































































































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Day 1 - Wednesday, March 10, 2004

10:00 AM - Noon

Viewing of Posters and Table Displays

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Conference Welcome

1:00 - 2:15 PM

Plenary - Change and Wellbeing: Gateway to New Communities in Missouri

Demographic, social, and economic changes experienced in St. Louis and Missouri. How organizations and proactive policies have benefited communities.

Moderator: Corinne Valdivia, Social Sciences Unit & HLAFSA, MU


  • Ann Rynearson, International Institute, St Louis: Hidden Within the Melting Pot: Hispanics in 1970 St. Louis
  • Daryl Hobbs, Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis, MU: Presentation text Latinos in St. Louis Today
  • Patricia M. York, Mayor of St. Charles, Missouri: The St. Charles Amigos Program
  • Carlos de la Peña, La Clínica, Latino Health Centers: La Cl�nica, Beyond Healthcare

2:20 - 3:35 PM

Plenary - Youth, Families, and Communities. Latino Youth and Juvenile Delinquency: Should We be Concerned?

Panelists who work in the juvenile justice community present statistics on Latino youth involvement in the court system, case studies, and experiences working with youth, families, and communities.

Moderator: Anne Dannerbeck, MU School of Social Work


  • Margarita Rademacher, Deputy Juvenile Officer; Sixteenth Judicial Circuit-Family Court Division, Jackson County, Missouri
  • Mary A. M�rquez, Director, Legal Services; Sixteenth Judicial Circuit-Family Court Division, Jackson County, Missouri

3:40 - 4:10 PM

Break and Poster Displays

4:10 - 5:30 PM


Breakout 1: Change and Wellbeing - Research: Rural Communities: Diversity, Vulnerabilities and Opportunities

Moderator: Jos� Luis Garc�a, Community Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture Program & HLAFSA, MU


Breakout 2: Youth, Families, and Communities - Research: Cultural Influences on Behavior and Adaptation of Latino Families.

Moderator: Deborah Burris, Office of Equal Opportunity, UMSL


Breakout 3: Change and Wellbeing - Workshop: The experience of the AMIGOS Program in St. Charles (Article icon Report)

Moderator: Sergio Mu�oz, St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE)

Presenters: Anna Chandler, Francisco "Paco" Martínez, Members of Amigos, St. Charles, Missouri.

Breakout 4: Education - Panel: Recruitment and Retention Issues in Higher Education (Article iconReport)

Moderator: Hortencia Kayser, Professor and Associate Dean, Saint Louis University


  • Lorenzo Covarrubias, SLU: Student Demographics in the State of Missouri
  • Ana Pizarro, MSW Catholic Community Services, International:The High School Senior and Preparing for College
  • Ismael Batancourt, International Programs, SLU: Issues in Undergraduate Education Recruitment & Retention
  • Hortencia Kayser, SLU. Issues for Graduate School Recruitment & Retention

Breakout 5: Civil Rights - Panel: Workers Issues

Moderator: Rogelio Lasso, School of Law, UMKC


  • Miguel P. Madrigal, Attorney, Missouri Commission on Human Rights, Process for Filing Complaints with the Commission of Human Rights
  • Aldo Caller, Attorney, Employer Abuse of Undocumented Workers.

Breakout 6: Health - Panel: Cultural Factors Affecting Reproductive Healthcare Decisions of Hispanic/Latina Women.

Moderator: Kay Conklin, MU


5:30 - 6:00 PM

Cash Bar-Reception

6:00 - 7:00 PM


7:30 - 9:00

Cultural Event: Latin American Rainbow

Music and dances of different cultures and countries of Latin America.
Performed by St. Louis groups. (Nelly Patiño, Artistic Director.)

Day 2 - Thursday, March 11 2004

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:45

Plenary: Gateway to Educational Success for Latino Students: Challenges, promises, and predictions

Moderator: Mary D. Cohen, U.S. Education Department Secretary�s Regional Representative (Region VII)

Commentary by Brady Deaton, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, MU


  • Linda Espinosa, MU College of Education & HLAFSA, and former Co-Director of the National Institute for Education Research.
  • Shawn Cockrum, Migrant English Language Learner (MELL) Program, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
  • Dr. Kerry Crist, Education Policy Advisor, Governor of Missouri
  • Lisa Flores, MU College of Education & HLAFSA

9:50 - 11:05

Plenary: Derechos Civiles: Latinos, Civil Rights and Homeland Security

Moderator: Rogelio Lasso, School of Law, UMKC


  • James Klahr, Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri: Racial Profiling in Missouri
  • Huyen Pham, MU School of Law:The Policy and Legal Problems with Local Enforcement of Immigration Laws
  • Joseph P. Berra, Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund: Racial Profiling

11:05 - 11:20 AM

Break and Poster Displays

11:20 AM - 12:20 PM


Breakout 1: Change and Wellbeing - Research: Economic Integration of Latino/as: Financial Services, Asset Building, and Business Development

Moderator: Sergio Mu�oz, St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE)


Breakout 2: Civil Rights - Q&A Session on
Legislative Issues of Interest to Latinos in Missouri

Moderator: Huyen Pham, MU

Presenter: Assistant Attorney General James Klahr, Office of the Attorney General of Missouri.

Breakout 3: Education - Workshop:
From Theory to Reality: Best Practices in Education, the Southwest Missouri Way

Moderator: Karen Johnson

Presenters: Charlotte Daniel, and High School Students from Southwest Missouri.

Breakout 4: Education - Panel:
Higher Education and Latinos: Engaging Faculty and Students.

Moderator: Patricia Somers, College of Education, UMSL


Breakout 5: Health - Research & Consumer Panel: Perceptions of Healthcare Quality

Moderator: Christina Vasquez Case, MU and SLU


Breakout 6: Youth Families and Communities - Best Practices: Latino Youth Development Programs (Article icon Report)

Moderator:� Anne Dannerbeck, School of Social Work, MU


  • Janette García, Girl Scouts-Heart of Missouri Council, uniquely ME! A Girl Scout Self-Esteem Program for the Latino Community, made possible through grants from Unilever Corporation.
  • Linda Manning, Developing Responsive Programs for Latino Youth, El Centro Latino, Columbia, MO.

Breakout 7: Change and Wellbeing - Workshop: The State of Latinos in Missouri

Presenter: William L. Elder, Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA, UO/E), Presentation text The Demographics of Latinos in Missouri- What we know and what we could know.


12:30 - 2:00 PM


UM System President Elson S. Floyd briefly addressed the conference.

Keynote Speaker: Sylvia Lazos, Professor, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Presentation text Crouching Tiger, Hidden Jaguar: The Future of Latinos in the U.S.


2:00 - 3:15 PM

Plenary: Hablamos Juntos: We Talk about Health

Moderator: Louise Miller, School of Nursing, MU

3:20 - 4:35 PM


Breakout 1: Change and Wellbeing - Panel: Universal Values: Perception and Realities

Moderator: Stephen Jeanetta, MU & HLAFSA


Breakout 2: Change and Wellbeing - Panel:
Hispanic Leadership in St. Louis: Cultural, Political, and Business Environments

Moderator: Rafael Nun, St. Louis Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


Breakout 3: Civil Rights - Panel: The CLEAR & DREAM Acts and other Immigration Issues

Moderator: Rogelio Lasso, School of Law, UMKC


  • Vanessa C�rdenas, National Immigration Forum: CLEAR and Comprehensive Immigration Reform
  • NCLR: The DREAM Act
  • Ed Leahy, Immigrants Rights Network of Iowa-Nebraska: Immigration Policy and Practice: Legislative Updates and Grassroots Organizing in Immigrant Communities

Breakout 4: Education - Panel: From Research to Practice to Policy: Education for Young English Language Learners

Organizer: Linda Espinosa,College of Education & HLAFSA, MU

Presenters (Panelists):

  • Shawn Cockrum, Director of the Migrant Education and English Language Learning (MELL) project for the State of Missouri
  • Becky Smith, Director, Migrant Even Start Project

Breakout 5: Health - Research Panel:
Health Interventions with Hispanics in the Midwest

Moderator: Louise Miller, School of Nursing, MU


Breakout 6: Education - Workshop: ESOL for Adult Immigrants CANCELLED

Breakout 7: Youth, Families, and Communities: Mentoring workshop where presenter will discuss how to start and run a mentoring program for Latino youth. (Article icon Report)

Moderator: Ana Pizarro, MSW Catholic Community Services


4:40 - 5:55 PM


Breakout 1: Change and Wellbeing - Workshop on Multiculturalism, Missouri Latinos and Cross-Cultural Tips

Organizers and presenters:

Breakout 2: Youth, Families and Communities - Panel: Community Level Approaches to Helping Latino Families (Article icon Report)

Moderator: Hortencia Kayser, SLU


Breakout 3: Civil Rights - Workshop: Protecting Your Consumer Rights

Moderator: Suzanne Zemelman, Extension Consumer & Family Economics, UO/E

Presenter:� Laura Krasser, Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri

Breakout 4: Education - Workshop:
English Language Learners Classroom and Community

Organizer/presenter: Sandra Anderson, Migrant and English Language Learning Specialist, Cooperating School Districts of St. Louis: The Community in the ELL Classroom and the ELL Classroom in the Community.

Breakout 5: Health - Research/Practice:
Developing Regional Strategies for Improved Culturally Competent Care


Breakout 6: Change and Wellbeing - Panel:
Role of the Church in Grassroots Responses to New Immigrant Needs

Moderator: Ann Rynearson, International Institute

Organizer: Hector Antonio Molina, Jr., Director of Hispanic Ministry, Archdiocese of St. Louis

Breakout 7: Health - Workshop: Skills Building, Cultural Assessment, and Interpreters

Moderator: Louise Miller, School of Nursing, MU


  • Ruthann Gagnon: Considering Cultural Assessment in a History & Physical Assessment
  • Nicole Lopresti and Vicky Padilla, LAMP (Language Access Metro Project of St. Louis): Working with Interpreters

With the support of Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission and Harris-Stowe State College, and the participation of the “Club Candela” and the “Solución Latina” band, a free special Latin Dance event was organized.

Day 3 - Friday, March 12, 2004

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:45 AM

Learning Stations

Mini-workshops and presentations to develop new skills and learn about different programs and projects. Each learning station lasts 20 minutes, and is repeated three times in succession. Participants may attend three stations.

  • Education: "Family Education Programs which Provide Parent Outreach Support to Become Active Participants in Children Education." Judy R. Shreves, Hazelwood School District.
  • Education: "Using the 'New Americans Program' to Educate Communities about the Challenges of Immigration." Cathy Anderson, Jewish Vocational Services.
  • Education:�"Fiesta Educativa." Jenny Reed, Institute for Human Development, UMKC.
  • Change and Wellbeing: "Traditional and Non-Traditional Apprenticeship Programs." Don Reese ATR, CWDP and Kimberly Davis ATR, U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Change and Wellbeing:�"Integration of Colombian Refugees into Existing Latino/a St Louis Communities." P. Ariel Burgess, International Institute of Metro St. Louis.
  • Change and Well-being: "Teaching English to Adult Spanish Speakers." Anita Barker, International Institute of Metro St. Louis.
  • Change and Well-being: "Tips and Techniques for Working through an Interpreter." Marcia Wilderman Language Links, International Institute of Metro St. Louis.
  • Health: Discussion:�"The CLAS Challenge: Supporting Organizational, System & Clinical Strategies." Kym Hemley, Missouri Foundation for Health.
  • Health: "Considering Cultural Assessment in a History and Physical Assessment." Ruth Ann Gagnon, Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region.
  • Health: "Working with Interpreters." Nicole Lopresti and Vicky Padilla, LAMP (Language Access Metro Project of St. Louis).
  • Health: "Incorporating Cultural Assessment into Health." Christina Vásquez Case, Saint Louis University.
  • Youth, Families and Communities: "Available Assistance and How to Apply for USDA Rural Development Loans/Grants for Communities and Individuals." Cathy Coffman, Hillsboro Local Office, Rural Development, USDA.

9:45 - 11:00 AM

Strengthening Communities around Critical Needs: New
Communities of Practice

Dialogues, break out by each of the five themes, exploring what has been learned, identifying the issues that remain unaddressed and setting an agenda for future research and action.

Discussions summaries reported in this session:


11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Plenary Closing Session

Moderator: Handy Williamson, Vice Provost for Minority Affairs, International Programs and Faculty Development, MU

  • Representative Kathlyn Fares, Chair, Missouri House of Representatives Appropriations Education Committee, will open the plenary: “Tips on Addressing Policy Makers on Educational Concerns of a Diverse Community.”
  • Steve Jeanetta, coordinator: Rapporteurs from each theme will present a brief summary of the Communities of Practice discussions.
  • Tom Henderson, interim Vice Provost for Extension and Director of Cooperative Extension, UO/E: Closing Comments.

Co-Chairs final messages.