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Call for Abstracts
Cambio De Colores (Change of Colors) 2005
Latinos in Missouri: Connecting Research to Policy and
Practice - Hoy y Mañana
March 30 – April 1, 2005
University of Missouri-Columbia
Deadline for submitting abstracts is
December 3, 2004
Please send abstracts to JeanettaS@missouri.edu
Cambio de Colores is an annual conference that brings together
researchers, practitioners, and community members to discuss the issues that Missouri faces as a
result of demographic changes reflected in the 2000 Census, especially related
to the increase of Latino population in most state counties. Cambio de Colores
is a collaboration among the campuses and University
of Missouri Extension, other
educational institutions in the state, as well as government and private
organizations, that brings together those working in Latino/a communities
to address critical needs and promote networks, so that the resources and
capabilities available can be accessible to Missouri’s communities and
organizations. In 2005 the program will be interested in research efforts
that impact policy making and shape the practices being implemented in
communities. To what extent is research affecting policy and what kinds
of programs and practices are resulting from research efforts? What are
the policy implications of current and ongoing research efforts?
The conference program
builds on the sharing of university and community resources ranging from
academic studies to the practice perspective of those working at “ground zero”
as well as the everyday experiences of non-professionals. In 2004, the
conference program vividly captured the scope of the problems and crucial
immigration and cultural issues that communities encounter, clearly
demonstrating that Missouri
and other proximate Midwestern states need to acknowledge the opportunities and
challenges that are presented by the ongoing arrival of Latinos.
The 2005 conference will
strive to provide a platform to discuss, learn and identify critical areas of
need in developing information and best practices to facilitate the successful
transition of Latino newcomers into Missouri's
This is a call for
abstracts for research and best practice presentations. There are five themes (explained later in
this document) that provide the framework for the deliberations:
- Change and Well Being: Economic, Social,
Cultural, and Political Participation
- Civil Rights
- Youth, Families, and Communities
All submitted abstracts should relate broadly to one or more of the
themes and specifically to the theme issues outlined below. Those with selected
abstracts will submit papers to be published on the Cambio
de Colores 2005 website. Some of the submitted
papers will also be published in Cambio de Colores 2005 Proceedings. For a sample of the 2004,
2003, and 2002 proceedings, please go to Cambio de Colores Web site at http://www.cambiodecolores.org/ and
review the Program pages of the archival Web sites. In addition, certain
academic articles will be selected for an edited journal.
selected for the program will be submitted in electronic format by February 21,
The conference will be
composed of four different learning tracks with plenary sessions addressing
each of the themes. Breakout sessions will provide a forum for sharing
research, best practices, and workshops. In addition, on the last day
learning stations will provide presenters an opportunity to share their
research or practice with small groups in 15 minute presentations. Each
learning station will repeat its presentations three times.
Please indicate whether
your abstract is a:
Presentation (20 minutes)
Paper Presentation (15 minutes)
Practice Paper Presentation (15 minutes)
(up to 75 minutes)
Station (15 minutes)
Please indicate the
following in the abstract
- Contact information of the author(s): Name,
Address, Phone, Email, Title and Organization
- The theme the abstract is designed to address
- Whether the presentation is research or best
practice; if research, please specify methodology (qualitative,
quantitative, case study, etc.)
- Summary of the presentation (500 words or less)
- Focus of the presentation: Of local, state, or
- Intention to have the paper considered for inclusion
in a conference proceedings publication or as part of a special volume of
a peer-reviewed journal
- Indicate if you agree to set up a poster display
if your paper is not selected for oral presentation
Committees have been formed
around each theme, and they will evaluate and select the abstracts based on the
descriptions provided below. Selection of presentations will be completed by
December 17th, 2004.
All presenters will be
responsible for their own travel expenses and conference registration fees.
Please submit abstracts
electronically to one of the following people:
Stephen Jeanetta: JeanettaS@missouri.edu
Linda Espinosa: EspinosaL@missouri.edu
Deadline for submitting
abstracts is December 3,
Description of the
Change and Well Being: Economic, Social, Cultural, and
Missouri’s rising Latino population has affected communities,
organizations and institutions, and given birth to many programs and practices
across the state. Taking the learning, research and experience of best
practices to the next step of informing policy is the goal of this year’s Change
and Well Being theme. It also seeks to learn from other experiences in
the Midwest and beyond. Submissions
which address the opportunities, vulnerabilities, uniqueness, and commonalities
associated with urban and rural Latinos in the areas of economic development,
cultural diversity, and policy leadership are encouraged.
Some of the questions of
- How have policies been changed or created to
embrace Latinos at the local and regional levels?
- What mechanisms are being developed to inform
policy at the state level?
- What are the essential elements to move
successfully from research and program to policy?
- What information is useful to policymakers, and
how can better linkages be formed between researchers and policymakers?
- What have we learned from the research on
specific efforts in various geographic settings?
- What similarities and differences (situation,
characteristics, risks, needs, interests) exist between urban and rural
- What is the role of the arts in developing and
affirming cultural identity and inclusion?
- How is art representation being used as a way of
cooperation in the community or as an inclusive model?
With the dual goals of
raising awareness about the legal challenges that Missouri Latino immigrants
face and of finding the best tools to address these challenges, the civil
rights panel of the 2005 Cambio de Colores conference invites the submission of abstracts that
further these goals. The abstracts may be about topics to be presented at
the conference, research to be published as part of the conference proceedings,
or resources to be shared with conference participants.
The focus of the 2005 civil
rights panel will be on positive legal changes that Latino immigrants and their
advocates can and should strive for. In this post 9/11 environment of
anti-immigrant sentiments, we believe it is important to move forward with an
agenda to improve the legal rights of immigrants, rather than just play defense
to preserve the legal status quo. In particular, we are interested in
building a legislative agenda based on the priorities established by Latino
immigrant communities and supported by current research.
Other topics that the panel
would be interested in addressing:
- Acceptance of “matrícula
consular” cards by banks and other institutions and ways to encourage
- Possible state legislation to grant drivers’
licenses to undocumented persons (similar to the legislation recently
passed in California).
- Legislation, increased training, and other
efforts to address racial profiling by Missouri law enforcement officials (in
tandem with a discussion about the growing practice of local law officials
to enforce federal immigration laws
- Legislation and efforts on the community level
to insure that immigrant workers are treated fairly
- Educational rights issues for children of
immigrant families who have graduated from high schools in the state
This list of topics is not
exhaustive, and we welcome abstracts related to any aspect of immigrants’ civil
rights in Missouri.
Education plays an
important role in the lives of Latinos in the Unites States. Cambio de Colores
is interested in exploring educational issues, policies and practices that
impact Latino/a learners of all ages.
- The impact of cultural differences, and
competencies in students’ academic achievement.
- The implication of the No Child Left Behind Act on the education of Latinos.
- The educational needs of Latino students.
- Retention and successful education of Latino
- Identification of the barriers that prevent
Latinos from accessing higher education and how to prepare them for
- Differences in the educational program
approaches between rural and urban school districts.
- How are Missouri
colleges of education preparing their students to address the needs of
students who are non-native English speakers.
We are seeking best
practices on the following:
- Exemplary schools with English language
- Instructional approaches for young English
- Comprehensive services for children with special
- Latino parent involvement programs.
- Successful after school programs for Latinos.
- Higher education recruitment and retention for
Panels, presentations and
workshops will focus on physical and mental health as they relate to rural and
urban Latino communities. Past conferences examined issues of cultural
competency and their impact on the quality of translation at health care
facilities, health risks for Latino women, cultural attitudes regarding health
care, and the impacts of federal and state law on providing health care
services to people with limited English proficiency.
research themes include:
- Identifying the barriers encountered by Latinos
(children, families and the elderly) with regard to access to health care.
Hispanic patients' double burden: lack of health insurance and limited English.
- What are strategies to overcome barriers to
- What are the barriers to and perception of
quality of health care by Latino newcomers?
- How do issues of cultural competency impact the
access and quality of health care?
- Policy and legislative issues affecting health
care access and quality for Hispanics/Latino newcomers
- How can Latinos in Missouri be educated about health and
seeking best practices on the following:
- How to build effective local, regional, and
statewide networks, to address health care of economically vulnerable
- Effective methods for improving communication
between health care practitioners and people of different cultures and
languages (e.g. the Culturally & Linguistically Appropriate Services
in Health Care, or CLAS model)
- How are community-based health care programs
effectively addressing the needs of their clients? (e.g. Promotora model,
free clinics, FQHCs, etc.)
Youth, Families, and Communities
From a framework recognizing
theory and knowledge related to human behavior in the social environment, this
track seeks presentations in the following areas:
Emerging issues related to
individuals at various lifecycle stages
- Family formation including dating, marriage and
- Peer relationships across ethnic and racial
- Identity formation and its relationship to
mental health, risk behaviors, and other issues
- Juvenile delinquency, gang involvement
- Family Functioning
- Intergenerational relationships, especially
related to generational variation in assimilation
- Distribution of roles in the household as
related to individuals and the community, as well as culture
- Differences between high and low functioning
- Adaptation of consumption patterns in new
communities (child care, food preparation and consumption, purchasing
patterns, housing, etc.)
Community responses to the
needs of youth and families and the impact of communities on youth and families
- Specific programs that work
- Sustainability of programs
- The roles of community-based institutions in
receiving communities (churches, financial institutions, social service
agencies, civic organizations, etc.)
- Specific responses to any of the above
individual and family issues