Latinos in the Heartland:
Growing Together in New Destination Areas

Reynolds Alumni Center / University of Missouri - Columbia
June 25-27, 2014

 Last Updated: 23 September, 2014

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Day 1: Wednesday June 25

Day 2: Thursday June 26

Day 3: Friday June 27



Links: See the printed Program, the Abstracts for the sessions, and Bios for the presenters. If available, handouts and powerpoints can be seen by clicking on the title of the presentation.

Plenary Speakers for 2014

roger campos

“Job Creation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development”

Roger Campos, Esq. is president, CEO, and founder of Minority Business RoundTable, the first national organization for CEOs of the nation's leading minority-owned businesses. MBRT provides a forum for the 6 million CEOs of minority and women-owned businesses to address public policy issues, and serves as a unique resource on business issues, including access to capital and doing business with the federal government.



“The Health of Migrant Children and an Innovative Teaching Tool to Decrease Obesity”

Jill F. Kilanowski is associate professor at the College of Nursing at Michigan State University. She serves as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurses and is serving on the National Advisory Council of Migrant Health for the Health Resources and Service Administration.  Prior to her position at MSU, she was affiliated with Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where she completed a National Institutes of Health KL2 career development award. She was a nurse scientist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and faculty at Capital University in Columbus. Dr. Kilanowski’s program of research explores the health of children in migrant farmworker families. She has examined food frequencies, physical activity, food security, acculturation, and safety and has conducted intervention studies in migrant camps and in Migrant Education Programs.


“Education Reform, Civil Rights, and Immigrant Children”

Sylvia Lazos is a Justice Myron Leavitt Professor of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As a constitution and critical race scholar, she has written exhaustively on how constitutional norms can accommodate a new American reality that is increasingly multicultural, multiracial and multiethnic.  Her current research interests focus on the importance of the judiciary being diverse, the impact of rapid immigration growth on intergroup relations, and how to fashion constitutional interpretive norms to promote better cross-racial understanding. She is currently part of a cross-disciplinary faculty effort at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to establish a Center for the Research of Race and Social Justice, to engage in groundbreaking research efforts across disciplines on wide ranging subjects related to race and ethnicity class and social justice. 

alejandro portes

The Adaptation of Migrant Children

Dr. Alejandro Portes is Professor of Sociology and founding director of the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University. He is also Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Miami and has taught at Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, and the University of Texas-Austin. He served as the president of the American Sociological Association in 1998-99. Dr. Portes is the author of 250 articles, chapters, and books on national development, international migration, Latin American and Caribbean urbanization, and economic sociology. His current research is on the adaptation process of the immigrant second generation in comparative perspective, the roles of institutions in national development, and immigrant transnationalism. Update (May 19): Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dr. Portes's presentation will be made by video.


“Implementing Legalization: The Roles and Responsibilities of States and Localities”

Michele Waslin is manager of the Immigration and the States Project at The Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew’s work on immigration includes tracking and analyzing policy and public debate. As project lead, she coordinates Pew’s research agenda and has authored several publications on immigration policy and appeared in English- and Spanish-language media. Prior to joining Pew, Waslin worked as senior policy analyst at the Immigration Policy Center, as director of immigration policy research at the National Council of La Raza, and as policy coordinator at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.


The interstate initiative Latinos and Immigrants in Midwestern Communities (NCERA 216) will be meeting on Wednesday, June 25, 9am-12pm, and on Thursday evening, June 26, 5:30pm-8pm.

2014 Cambio de Colores Conference Full Program

The printed program is available here. Changes from the printed program are noted: cancellations have strikethrough.

If available, handouts and powerpoints can be seen by clicking on the title of the presentation.

Day 1 – Wednesday, June 25, 2014

9:00 – Noon
Annual Meeting of the interstate initiative Latinos and Immigrants in Midwestern Communities (NCERA 216). See Meeting Report here.

10:00 – Noon
Exhibitors and Exhibitor Table Displays Setup

11:00 AM
Registration Opens

1:00 – 1:50 PM
Conference Welcome Session
Domingo Martinez, Conference Director; Cambio Center, University of Missouri-Columbia
Remarks: Robert W. Schwartz, Chief of Staff, Office of the President of the University of Missouri System
Remarks: Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe, representing the City of Columbia as Mayor Pro Tem
Remarks: Handy Williamson, Vice Provost for International Programs, University of Missouri-Columbia

2:00 – 3:00 PM
Plenary Session 1 -
“Education Reform, Civil Rights, and Immigrant Children”
Presenter: Sylvia Lazos - William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

3:15 – 4:15 PM
Plenary Session 2 – Civil Rights and Political Participation

“Implementing Legalization: The Roles and Responsibilities of States and Localities”
Presenter: Michele Waslin, Ph.D. - Immigration and the States Project, Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.

4:15 – 4:45 PM

4:45 – 6:00 PM
Concurrent Breakout Sessions Block I

Breakout 1: Integration Workshop
“How do we measure social integration? Qualitative data from a national service perspective”
Dawnya Underwood, Jessica Ranweiler, and Fabio Lomelino – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, Baltimore
Lauren Wichterman, Independent contractor, New York

Breakout 2: Change and Integration Organized Research Panel
Measuring Integration, Acculturation, and Satisfaction
Organizer: Lisa Y. Flores – University of Missouri-Columbia

“The Influence of Community Perception and Acculturation on Latina/o Immigrants’ Support Seeking”
Guadalupe Cruz, Marjory Vázquez, Denise León, and Lisa Y. Flores – University of Missouri-Columbia

 “Relations of Support Seeking and Life Satisfaction among Latina/o Immigrants in the Midwest”
Denise León, Marjory Vázquez, Guadalupe Cruz, and Lisa Y. Flores – University of Missouri-Columbia

“Initial Development of a Scale on Immigrants’ Perceptions of the Community”
Lisa Y. Flores, David Aguayo, Jessica Harvath, Corinne Valdivia, Stephen Jeanetta, and Domingo Martínez – University of Missouri-Columbia

Breakout 3: Education Workshops
Preparing Latino Youth for College

“4-H Youth Futures College within Reach”
Alison Copeland – 4-H, University of Missouri Extension
Alejandra Gudiño – Family Nutrition Education Programs, University of Missouri Extension
Alejandra Hoyos – 4-H Youth Futures Volunteer

“Strengthening and Developing Effective Latino Students Life Skills for Career Success”
Sonia G. Morales Osegueda – Washington State University Extension

Breakout 4: Health Research Panel
Measuring Health Practices among Latinos

“Comer en Comunidad: Non-Traditional Factors Driving Dietary Transition and Food Insecurity Among Latinas” 
Pablo Torres-Aguilar and Angela Wiley – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Development of the Missouri Hispanic Health Survey Instrument
Stephen Jeanetta, Ioana Staiculescu, and Shannon Canfield – University of Missouri-Columbia

6:00 – 7:00 PM
Poster Session

6:00 – 7:00 PM
Networking Activities with cash bar

7:00 – 8:30 PM
Networking Dinner



Day 2 – Thursday, June 26, 2014

8:30 – 9:45 AM
Plenary Session 3: Change and Integration
“The Adaptation of Children of Immigrants to the U.S.”
Presenter: Alejandro Portes, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and founding director of the Center for Migration and Development, Princeton University. Presentation will be made by video.

9:45 – 10:00 AM

10:00-10:30 AM
Thematic groups idea exchange

10:30 – 11:45 AM
Concurrent Breakout Sessions Block II
Breakout 1:  Change and Integration Workshop
“Lessons from ‘Walk One Hour in My Shoes’, A Cultural Competence/Multicultural Training Program on Working with Latino Communities
Martha Hubert and Teresa Curtis – University of Wisconsin-Extension
Fred Garcia – Waukesha County Department of Health and Human Services

Cancelled: Breakout 2:  Education Workshop
“What Happens when a Migrant Student Enrolls in School?”
Becky Marrujo Smith – Central Regional Professional Development Center, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg

Breakout 3: Education Research Panel
Examining Language, Culture, and Policies

“The Making of Multilingual Schools in Monolingual Spaces”
Lisa Dorner – University of Missouri-Columbia

“Dreams Deferred? The Educational and Financial Implications of In-State-Resident Tuition Policies for Undocumented Immigrants”
Stephanie Potochnick and Rajeev Darolia – University of Missouri-Columbia

“Afraid to Say It? Examining Ambivalence in Public Support for Localized Immigration Control”
Adriano Udani – University of Missouri-St. Louis

Breakout 4: Change and Integration Panel
Building Understanding among Diverse Immigrants and Receiving Communities

“Determinants of Community Resource Utilization among Immigrants in Noel, Missouri”
Kathryn Macomber and Lydia Kaume – University of Missouri Extension

“Building Understanding: New Courses Seek to Educate Ozarks-area College Students”
Lincoln Lambeth – College of the Ozarks, Missouri

Breakout 5: Health Panel
Focus on the Family: Promoting Nutrition and Health Literacy

Show Me Nutrition: Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyle”
Alejandra Gudiño, Candance Gabel, Juana López, and Guadalupe Hernández – University of Missouri Extension

“Broadening Mothers' Knowledge, Skills and Social Networks to Improve Latino Family Health”
Kimberly Greder and Flor Romero de Slowing – Iowa State University

“Promotoras de Salud Health Literacy Program: A Community-Based Approach to Health Literacy in the State of Missouri (Phase 2)”
Eduardo Crespi – Centro Latino de Salud, Columbia, MO

"Eating from the Garden"
Larry Roberts -- Eating from the Garden State Coordinator
Rebecca Mott - Family Nutrition Education Programs, University of Missouri Extension
Candance Gabel - University of Missouri Extension
Jo Britt-Rankin - University of Missouri Extension

12:00 – 1:25 PM

1:30 – 3:00 PM
Plenary Session 4 – Keynote Presentation: Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
“Job Creation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
Presenter: Roger Campos, Esq. – President and CEO, Minority Business RoundTable, Washington, D.C.

3:00 – 3:30 PM

3:30 – 5:00 PM
Concurrent Breakout Sessions Block III

Breakout 1:  Entrepreneurship and economic development
Extended Discussion of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Plenary
Roger Campos, Minority Business Roundtable, Washington, D.C.

Breakout 2: Education Workshop
“Welcoming Schools: The Integration Process at Ritenour Public Schools”
David Nehrt-Flores – Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates, St. Louis
Mike LaChance – Ritenour Public Schools
Connie Dee - St. Louis County Library - Rock Road Branch

Breakout 3: Entrepreneurship Panel
Research and Best Practices in the Heartland

“There's an Application for That: Assisting Latino Businesses in Navigating the Permit Process”
Jon Wolseth – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

“The Nature of Latino-Owned Businesses in Relation to Acculturation Paths and the Context of Reception in Three Regions of Missouri”
Corinne Valdivia, Katherine Higgins, Rachel Schmidt, Lisa Y. Flores, and Stephen Jeanetta – University of Missouri-Columbia

“Economic Integration of Immigrant Populations: The Latino/a Experience in Des Moines, Iowa”
Johnny Alcivar Zúñiga – Iowa State University

Breakout 4: Change and Integration Research Panel
Changing Communities: Public Service Provision, Demographics, and Latino Leadership

“The Changing Face of the United States: the Provision of Public Services to Immigrant Populations”
Kate Olson – University of Missouri-Columbia

 “Spatial Segregation in Latino Majority Communities”
J.S. Onésimo Sandoval – Saint Louis University

“Exploring Beginning Latino Farmers and Ranchers' Willingness to Become Involved in Community Activities in Rural Missouri”
Eleazar U. González, Stephen Jeanetta, and David O’Brien – University of Missouri- Columbia

Breakout 5: Education Panel
Challenges and Opportunities Affecting Latino Schooling

“Exploring the Career Aspirations of Latino English Language Learners in a Rural Midwest High School”
Melissa Muñoz – University of Missouri-Columbia
Alejandro Morales – California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

“School Structure, Social Capital, and Ninth Graders' Mathematics Achievement among Latino/a and Non-Latino White Students”
Jean Kayitsinga and Rubén Martínez – Julian Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University

“A Look at Latino Parents’ School Readiness Practices in the State of Indiana”
María Tineo – Purdue University
Carmen DeRusha – Purdue University Extension
Teresa Witkoske – Purdue University

“Non-Identified Vision Conditions: How Does This Affect Hispanic/Latino Immigrants?”
Bertha Mendoza – Kansas State University Research and Extension

Open Evening –activity suggestions are provided. The annual meeting of the interstate initiative Latinos and Immigrants in Midwestern Communities (NCERA 216) will be held over dinner at 5:30-8 PM.


 Day 3 – Friday, June 27, 2014

8:30 – 9:30 AM
Plenary Session 5: Health
“The Health of Migrant Children and an Innovative Teaching Tool to Decrease Obesity”
Presenter: Jill F. Kilanowski, Ph.D., RN, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Michigan State University, East Lansing

9:30 – 9:45 AM

9:45 – 11:00 AM
Concurrent Breakout Sessions Block IV

Breakout 1: Cultural Competency Workshop
“In Their Shoes: Improving Relationships and Communications through Understanding One Another”
Debra J. Bolton – Kansas State University Extension

Breakout 2: Health Workshop
"You and Medicare: Why It Matters"

Jim Day, Primaris's CLAIM Program, Missouri

Breakout 3: Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Panel Discussion

Panel: “Economic Integration of International Students for Upward Mobility and Regional Growth”
Christina Pope – University of Missouri-St. Louis
Betsy Cohen  – St. Louis Mosaic Project
Josemir Carolaine Peroza Laguna - University of Missouri - St. Louis

Presentation: “St. Louis Mosaic Project: Best Practice Approach to Welcoming and Integrating Immigrants”
Anna Crosslin – International Institute of St. Louis
Betsy Cohen – St. Louis Mosaic Project

Breakout 4: Education Organized Research Panel
Community Based Approach to Latino Integration in Indiana
Panel Organizer: María Tineo – Purdue University

“Adult Learners' Spanish Language Proficiency and Their English Language Outcomes”
María Tineo – Purdue University
Melinda Grismer – Purdue Extension's Learning Network of Clinton County, Indiana

“Teachers' Knowledge of Latino Culture and its Effect on Their Attitudes and Instruction”
Esmeralda Cruz – Community Schools of Frankfort, Indiana

Breakout 5: Health Research Panel
Youth Behavior, Culture, and Farmworkers’ Health

Explaining the Relations between Acculturative Stress and Prosocial Behaviors in Latino Youth from the Midwest”
Alexandra N. Davis – University of Missouri-Columbia
Lisa J. Crockett – University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Gustavo Carlo and Cara Streit – University of Missouri-Columbia

"Provider Perspectives on Patients' Culture and How Culture Impacts Communication”
Stephen Jeanetta – University of Missouri-Columbia
Ioana Staiculescu, Shannon Canfield, Karen Edison, and Stan Hudson – Center for Health Policy, University of Missouri-Columbia

Updated:"Migrant Farmworker Health: Findings and Recommendations for Integration from Nebraska”
Athena Ramos – Center for Reducing Health Disparities, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha
Ricardo Ariza - Office of Multicultural Affairs, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
Antonia Correa – Center for Reducing Health Disparities, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha

11 AM – Noon
Closing Plenary Session

Noon: Conference Adjourns