About the annual conference
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�Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) in Missouri� is
an annual conference that focuses on issues related to the current Latino
the state in particular and the Midwest in
general.� With the goal of contributing to a smooth integration of the new population,
the main objectives of the
- To assess the changes
brought about by the presence of new Latino urban and rural settlers
in every region of the state.
- To inform about the
multiple contributions�economic, social, and cultural�that these new
Missourians are bringing to many a community and to the state as a whole.
- To understand the
opportunities that this demographic change brings to the state, its
people, communities, businesses, and educational institutions.
- To provide a forum
to discuss the change and growth challenges posed to institutions and
people�both new and old Missourians.
- To share relevant
scholarship and best practices, and identify knowledge and service
gaps that need to be addressed.
The annual three-day conference convenes academic research and extension
specialists, public and private service
providers, grassroots organizations, state and local government institutions,
politicians, corporations, and newcomers themselves. The conference is
sponsored by the University of Missouri,
in cooperation with community and state partners. It is mostly funded
by participants (numbering around 300) and sponsors.
The Hispanic and Latin American Faculty & Staff Association of the
University of Missouri-Columbia (HLAFSA), established in late 1999, took
a principal role in creating and leading these conferences, with the
enthusiastic support of the University of Missouri
System institutions, and the collaboration
of many organizations in our state.
A groundbreaking, three-day event took place in March 2002 at the University of Missouri-Columbia: �Cambio
de colores (Change of Colors). Latinos in Missouri:
A call to action!� �A synthesis of the experiences, facts and
knowledge derived from this conference is the monograph Cambio
de Colores. Immigration of Latinos to Missouri, which remains
a state-of-the-art publication.
The 2003 conference, �Cambio de colores (Change
of Colors). Latinos in Missouri: Neighbors in Urban and Rural Communities,� convened
at the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
In 2004, the conference �Cambio de colores (change of colors).
Latinos in Missouri:
Gateway to a New Community� was hosted by the University of Missouri-St.
The diverse and enthusiastic participation in these events is demonstrating
the relevance and the urgency of addressing today the challenges and
the opportunities that arise in Missouri and
other Midwestern states, as Latinos and other newcomers settle as workers,
families and members of communities.
The fourth conference, �Cambio de colores (change of colors).
Latinos in Missouri: Connecting Research to Policy and Practice - Hoy
y Ma�ana,� will take place at the University of Missouri-Columbia,
in March 30 � April 1st, 2005. The conference is organized
around themes that include change, communities, youth, education, health,
and civil rights.
Also, to institutionalize this effort and to foster further permanent
work on these issues, the University of Missouri-Columbia has
established in the fall of 2004 the Cambio Center for Research
and Outreach on Latinos and Changing Communities in Missouri.
About the 2005 Conference
In 2005 the program is stressing efforts that impact policy-making and
shape the practices being implemented in communities.� To what extent
is research affecting policy? What kinds of programs and practices are
resulting?� What are the policy implications of current and ongoing research
The presentations in the conference are mostly the result of a Call
for Abstracts announced during the fall of 2004. The conference
format includes five Plenary Sessions, and four blocks of concurrent
sessions addressing research, best practices, workshops and discussion
panels on the themes of the conference. Also, there are poster and table
display sessions, learning stations, and multiple opportunities for networking.
The five conference themes are:
- Change and Wellbeing:
social political and economic changes and the approaches to facilitate
the inclusion and integration of newcomers in rural and urban communities.
- Civil Rights: legal
challenges, with a focus on positive legal changes that strive for
towards a legislative agenda.
- Education: from early
to higher and adult education; addressing diversity, cultural differences,
the achievement gap, implications of the No Child Left Behind Act,
barriers to access to higher education, and rural and urban schools.
- Health:� access, quality,
cultural competence, language barriers, policies, alternative health
- Youth, Families, and
Communities: identity, youth development, adaptation, behavior, mentoring,
family and sending and receiving community issues.
Fast fast facts about Latinos
In the U.S.:
- Hispanics are the largest and fastest-growing minority
ethnic group in the United States
- Latinos in the U.S. are
39.9 million (July 1, 2003), accounting for half of the 9.4 million
added to the nation�s population since the 2000 Census. Growth rate
is 13.0 percent over that 39-month period; almost four times that of
population (3.3 percent). (Census Bureau.)
- Hispanic population of the United
States will increase by almost
25 million people by 2020, and second-generation Hispanics will
for 47 percent of that growth. (Pew Hispanic Center)
- For the first time, second- and third-generation Hispanics
account for most of the growth in the Hispanic population, replacing
new immigrants, who fueled the growth in the past. (Pew Hispanic Center)
- The Latino population almost doubled in Missouri (92%)
in the period 1990-2000.� Additionally, the estimated Missouri Latino
population for the year 2003 is 130,928, up from 118,592 in the 2000
- The Latino population has increased in 110 of the 115 counties
of the state. Latinos come to Missouri to
work. Overwhelmingly, newcomers have steady jobs and pay taxes, and
an increasing number buy cars and homes: they are the new Missourians.
- Kansas City ranks
eleventh nationally among the fastest growing Latino populations residing
in urban centers.
- Meatpacking rural counties�Sullivan, McDonald, Pettis,
Lawrence, Saline, and Jasper�experienced from a 4 to 20-fold increase
in Latino population.
- Small cities, such as Joplin, Branson, Springfield, Columbia, Jefferson
City, and Warrensburg, have doubled or tripled
their representation of Latinos.
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Fast facts about Latinos