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Fifteenth Annual Conference
Latinos in the Heartland: Building Bridges, Dialogue, and Opportunity
June 8-10, 2016
Columbia, Missouri

 Last Updated: 4 August, 2016

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ProgramImage of program at a glance

The program is determined by the Planning Committee and conference chairs. The Full Program is available part way down this page. Many presenters have shared their powerpoints, which are linked as PDFs below the presentations. Available presentations comes from Adkins, Bao, Carla squared, Curtis, Dirks, Dorner, Inzunza, Mohammed, Pope, and Sierk - thank you!


The printed program is available in PDF format.

Presenter Biographies (PDF).

Abstracts of Presentations (PDF)

 See the Program-at-a-Glance here. Details on pre-meetings here.


This year, the conference will host over 70 presentations, posters and workshops in its theme areas: Health, Education, ELL & Dual Language Education, Youth Development, Civil Rights & Political Participation, Entrepreneurship & Economic Development, and Change & Integration

Plenary Speakers

We are overjoyed to have four outstanding plenary speakers this year. Learn more about 2016 Plenary Speakers at the speakers page.

Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr.
President of the United States Hispanic Leaderships Institute (USHLI)

Dr. Edmund 'Ted' Hamann
Professor of Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education at University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Dr. Sandy Magaña
Professor of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Gustavo Carlo
Professor of Human Development and Family Science, and Director of the Center for Family Policy and Research at the University of Missouri

Full Program

This is the program for the conference and is subject to change. To better visualize the schedule, please see the Program-at-a-Glance. Any changes from the printed program will be marked here with yellow highlight.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Pre-Meeting details are at the bottom of this page.

9:30AM – 12:00PM
NCERA 216 Meeting

10AM – 12PM
Student Meeting

11AM – 1PM
MODLAN Meeting

Opening Session
Stephen Jeanetta, Interim Director of the Cambio Center, University of Missouri-Columbia
Councilmember Clyde Ruffin, Mayor Pro Tem representing the City of Columbia
James K. Scott, Interim Vice Provost for International Programs
Linda Jo Turner, Interim Vice Provost and Director of University of Missouri Extension

Plenary 1
“Education in the 'New-ish' Latino Diaspora: A Research and Praxis Agenda for the Next 10 Years”
Dr. Edmund ‘Ted’ Hamann – University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Concurrent Breakout Session 1

Breakout 1A: Civic and Economic Engagement Workshop
“Expanding Access Mapping Workshops: A Community-based Tool for Building Partnerships with Underserved or Unserved Audiences”
Teresa Curtis – University of Wisconsin - Extension, Cooperative Extension

Presentation powerpoint. Workshop Evaluation.

Breakout 1B: Changing Communities Panel
“Action in the Face of Anti-Immigrant Legislation: The Dovetail of Student-Led Advocacy & Direct-Student Advising at The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis”
Felipe Martínez and Karissa Anderson – The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis

Breakout 1C: Education

Teaching Across Cultures and Languages: Skills, Models, and Techniques

“Aprendiendo Juntos: A Collaborative Model for Developing Teachers' Knowledge and Skills in Working with Latino English Learners”
Rocío Delgado – Trinity University

“An Exploration of Indiana's English Language Learner Language Programming Models: A Mixed Method Study”
Trish Morita Mullaney – Purdue University
April Burke – Central Michigan University

“A Dual-Language Program in Marshalltown, Iowa:  Does it Strengthen or Diminish Community?”
Jan L. Flora, Hector A. Bombiella, Carol Oliveira Parks, and Mirian Tyson   - Iowa State University

Breakout 1D: Health
Approaches, Factors, and Impacts of Food Security Among Latinos

“Effects of Food Insecurity and Family Rituals on Rural Latina Immigrant Mothers' Mental Health”
Juan Bao and Kimberly Greder – Iowa State University

Presentation powerpoint.

“Local Immigration Enforcement Policies and Food Insecurity Risk among Mexican-Origin Immigrant Families with Children: National-Level Evidence”
Stephanie Potochnick and Jen-Hao Chen – University of Missouri
Krista Perreira – University of North Carolina

“Vibrant Community, Healthy Garden: A Collective Impact Strategy to Improve Health and Build Community”
Athena Ramos – University of Nebraska Medical Center

Breakout 1E: Youth Development
Research on Child and Youth Development and the Best Practices Toolkit

"Current Research Examining Latino/a Children and Youth Well-Being"
Katharine H. Zeiders, Sarah Killoren, and Francisco Palermo, University of Missouri

“Converging Parallel Efforts in Latino Youth Development”
Ricardo Diaz – University of Illinois Extension

“Latino Youth Outreach Best Practices Toolkit”
Guadalupe Landeros – National 4-H Council Hispanic Advisory Committee
Laura Valencia and Elver Pardo – University of Florida IFAS Extension
Maria G. (Lupita) Fabregas Janeiro – University of California

4:45 – 5:30PM
Thematic Group Idea Exchange

Poster Session & Hors d’oeuvres

Dinner and Dancing


Thursday, June 9, 2016


Concurrent Breakout Session 2

Breakout 2A: Civic and Economic Engagement
Latino Civic Participation: A Case Study Presentation and Workshop

Presentation: “Participation and Civic Engagement among Mexican Immigrants in Central Illinois”
Julia Albarracín – Western Illinois University

Workshop: “Unleashing the Latino Vote - Today and into the Future”
John F. Dulles - Human Rights Consultancy

Breakout 2B: Changing Communities
Understanding Changing Migrations and Demographics

“Three Types of Migrants Leaving Rural Mexico”
Jeffrey Smith – Kansas State University

“The Demographic Transitions of the Foreign-Born Population in the Midwest”
J.S. Onésimo (Ness) Sandoval – Saint Louis University

“Under-Reporting of Hispanic Ethnicity on Missouri Death Certificates”
Craig Ward, David Kelly, and Neelie Churchill – Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Vital Statistics

“Information Needs of the Midwestern Latino Populations: A Retrospective Analysis of Cambio de Colores Presentations”
Denice Adkins and Paulina Hempel – University of Missouri

Presentation powerpoint.

Breakout 2C: Education
Research on Bilingual and Multicultural Learning, Identity, and Purpose

“Nurturing of Translingual, Transliterate, and Multicultural Identity: One Student's Journey”
Rebecca Schwerdtfeger – University of Missouri

Turning Points and Tensions: Emerging Adulthood for Language Brokers
Lisa Dorner, Sujin Kim, and Emily Crawford – University of Missouri

Presentation link.

“Lady Researchers:  Mapping Urban Community and Learning Spaces”
Carla McNelly – Iowa State University
Carla Dawson – Whyld Girls Program
Katherine Richardson Bruna – Iowa State University

Presentation powerpoint.

Breakout 2D: Health
Mental Health Research and Best Practices for Latino Populations

“Mental Health First Aid: Developing Awareness and Providing Timely Intervention to Save Lives”
Antonia Correa – University of Nebraska Medical Center

“A Comparison of Screening Tools Among Pregnant and Post-partum Latinas:  Is Screening for Depression Enough?”
Anne Farina – Saint Louis University

"Social Cognitive Predictors of Well-Being and Mental Health among White and Latino/a Engineering Students: Gender and Ethnic Group Model Comparisons" 
Jiajia Zhu - Beijing Normal University
David Diaz and Lisa Flores - University of Missouri-Columbia
Rachel Navarro - University of North Dakota

Breakout 2E: Youth Development
Youth Development Programming Workshops

“Bright Spot in Latino Youth Educational Success: The Juntos Program”
Cintia Aguilar and Diana Urieta – North Carolina State University

“Missouri 4-H Youth Futures: College Within Reach”
Donna Garcia, Paula Herrera-Gudiño, and Christine Mosbrucker – University of Missouri Extension

Plenary 2
“Addressing Disparities for Latino Families of Children with Disabilities”
Dr. Sandy Magaña – University of Illinois-Chicago

See the plenary video on youtube.

Thematic Group Idea Exchange - Part 2


Plenary 3
“The Social, Economic, and Political Implications of Latino Population Growth”
Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. – United States Hispanic Leadership Institute

Concurrent Breakout Session 3

Breakout 3A: Civic and Economic Engagement
Advancing Entrepreneurship in Latino and Immigrant Communities

“Strengthening Communities and Creating Economic Opportunities for Latinos Through the Advancement of Entrepreneurship, and Other Asset-Building Skills”
Michael Carmona and Ernesto Marquez – Hispanic Economic Development Corporation of Greater Kansas City

“Solidarity Microfinance: A Case Study Demonstration of Building Dialogue and Opportunity with Peer-Group Lending Using Grameen Methods”
Mark Edelman and Sandra Burke – Community Vitality Center at Iowa State University

“Exploring Farming and Ranching Sustainable Production Methods Among New and Beginning Latinos Producers in Missouri”
Eleazar U. Gonzalez – University of Missouri Extension
Nadia Navarrete-Tindall – Lincoln University Cooperative Extension

Presentation powerpoint.

“Latino Agricultural Entrepreneurship Strategies, Networks Of Support, And Sustainable Rural Development”
Stephen Jeanetta and Corinne Valdivia – University of Missouri
Rubén Martínez – Michigan State University
Jan Flora and Cornelia Butler Flora – Iowa State University

Breakout 3B: Changing Communities
Research: Latino Experiences in Universities in the Heartland

“The Glass Ceiling and Latinas’ Leadership in Higher Education in the State of Missouri”
Daisy I. Collins – Missouri State University

“Discrimination on University Campuses: Understanding Latino and African American Students' Subtle and Overt Experiences”
Alexandra Davis, Katharine H. Zeiders, Antoinette M. Landor, and Symone Lenoir – University of Missouri

“Life Narratives as a Form of Feminist Inquiry: The Experiences of Undergraduate Latina Students in the Heartland”
Gabriela Diaz de Sabates – Kansas State University

Breakout 3C: Education
How Schools and Centers Communicate and Build Relationships with Families in Changing Communities

“Access to Public Space in a New Latina/o Place: The Question of Latina/o Integration and Inclusion in Northwest Arkansas”
Aaron Arredondo – University of Missouri

“Mexican Immigrant Parents' Perceptions of Climate at a New Language Immersion Charter School”
David Aguayo and Lisa Dorner – University of Missouri

“Discourses of Changing Communities in School Website Design”
Sujin Kim and Lisa Dorner – University of Missouri

“The 'Problem' of Familism in New Latino Diaspora Schools: Building Bridges to Create a Hybrid Culture of Academic Success”
Jessica Sierk - University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Presentation powerpoint.

Breakout 3D: Health
Best Practices in Health Education and Promotion

“Salud y Bienestar:  Program to Address Health and Wellness for Latinas in St. Louis City”
Anne Farina – Saint Louis University
Eileen Wolfington and Emily Stuart – Kingdom House

“Providing Health Education to Refugees in Missouri: a Statewide Collaborative”
P. Ariel Burgess – International Institute of St. Louis

“Latinas, Tabaco y Cancer: Health Promotion to Empower Immigrant Latina Women”
Athena Ramos, Antonia Correa, and Natalia Trinidad – University of Nebraska Medical Center

Breakout 3E: Youth Development
Youth Development Best Practices Presentations

“Human Trafficking at the U.S./Mexico Border: Our Responsibility as Social Workers”
April Dirks-Bihun and Stormy Hinton-Janda – Mount Mercy University

Presentation powerpoint.

“Welcoming Youth Latinos to California 4-H!”
Maria G. (Lupita) Fabregas Janeiro and Shannon J. Horrillo – University of California – Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

“Redefining the 4-H Community Club Program to Engage Latino Audiences”
Shannon J. Horrillo, Claudia P. Diaz Carrasco, Jessica Guild, Russell Hill, Elizabeth Elizondo – University of California – Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

“Jovenes del Futuro/Opciones - A Program for Minority Youth Who Dream of a Prosperous Future”
Elver Pardo and Laura Valencia - University of Florida IFAS Extension

4:00 – 5:15PM
Concurrent Breakout Session 4

Breakout 4A: Civic and Economic Engagement
Training, Capacity, and Competence for Engaging Multicultural Communities

“Building Stronger Communities through Cultural Engagement and Understanding”
Carlos Barcenas and Kathie Starkweather – Center for Rural Affairs

“Latino Wisconsin: Needs Assessment and Family Integration Study”
Armando Ibarra and Daniel Malacara - University of Wisconsin-Extension

“Extension Capacity to Serve Latino Communities in the Midwest”
Rubén Martínez, Jean Kayitsinga, Pilar Horner, Daniel Vélez Ortiz – Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University

“Intercultural Competence Experience in Puebla, Mexico”
 Maria G. (Lupita) Fabregas Janeiro – University of California
Jorge H. Atiles – Oklahoma State University

Breakout 4B: Changing Communities Panel
“MU Student Panel: Voices Seeking Change”

Breakout 4C: Education
“The Changing Face of Students: Meeting Language, Academic, and Social Needs of Recent Immigrant Youth”
Jamie Cardwell and Karina Arango - Ritenour School District, Missouri

Breakout 4D: Health Panel

“Uniting Voices of Advocacy: Latino Parents with a Child with Developmental Disabilities in Missouri”
Gerardo Martínez – ALAS: Alliance for Leadership, Advancement, and Success; Visions with Love; and Alianzas of University of Missouri
Bertha Aldape – Vision with Love
Jordana Vera-Montero and Yeni (Jenni) Vasquez – ALAS: Alliance for Leadership, Advancement, and Success
Katheryne Staeger-Wilson – Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council

Breakout 4E: Youth Development

Youth Development Best Practices Presentations

“4-H as Culturally Responsive Program: Building an Afterschool 4-H Program that Engages Latino Youth and Parents in Sacramento, CA”
Claudia P. Diaz Carrasco and Marianne Bird – University of California Cooperative Extension

"Meet Them Where They Are and Take Them Far: A Holistic Approach in Youth Development for Hispanic Families"
Bertha Mendoza - Kansas State University Research and Extension

"Cena y Ciencias: Science Programming in Spanish and with Parents"
Alvarez Dixon and Ricardo Diaz - University of Illinois Extension


Friday, June 10, 2016


Plenary 4
Fostering Prosociality in Latino/a Youth: Practices, Values, and Prosocial Behaviors”
Dr. Gustavo Carlo - Millsap Professor of Diversity at the Human Development and Family Science Department and Director of the Center for Family Policy and Research at the University of Missouri

See the plenary video on youtube.

Concurrent Breakout Session 5

Breakout 5A: Civic and Economic Engagement Panel
“The First Two Community ID Programs in the Midwest: Organizing, Evaluation, and Community Health in Johnson County, IA and Washtenaw County, MI”
Irund A-wan – Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa
Barbara Baquero – University of Iowa College of Public Health
Keta Cowan - Synod Community Services and the Washtenaw ID Project, Michigan
Jason Daniel-Ulloa – University of Iowa College of Public Health
Jorge Delva – University of Michigan School of Social Work
Alana LeBrón – National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan School of Social Work
William Lopez – University of Michigan School of Public Health
Mayra Elena Martínez – eHealth and eNovation Center at University of Iowa Community Medical Services
Marlén Mendoza – University of Iowa College of Public Health
Nicole L. Novak – University of Michigan School of Public Health
Xiomara Santana – University of Iowa College of Public Health
Rosamond Smith – University of Iowa College of Public Health
Olivia Temrowski – Synod Community Services and the Washtenaw ID Project, Michigan

Breakout 5B: Changing Communities
Workshops on Integration Strategies

“Welcoming New Americans through Contact, Communications, and Leadership in Receiving Communities”
Christina Pope – Welcoming America

Presentation powerpoint.

“Replicable Integration Strategies from Faith Organizations”
Leya Speasmaker – Catholic Legal Immigration Network
Denzil Mohammed – The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.

Presentation powerpoint.

Breakout 5C: Education Panel
“The Construction of Parent and Teacher Identities in Bilingual Settings”
Presenter list has been updated.
Jorge L. Inzunza – Turtle Creek Elementary School, Wisconsin
Berenice Solis – Parent Teacher Organization of Turtle Creek Elementary School, Wisconsin
Cynthia Bell-Jimenez - Turtle Creek Elementary School
Meredith Byrnes – Rutgers University
Catherine Jesberger - Parent Teacher Organization of Turtle Creek Elementary School
Rafaela Albiter - Turtle Creek Elementary School
Katrina Liu – University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mary Crist – Turtle Creek Elementary School, Wisconsin

Presentation powerpoint.

Breakout 5D: Health
Workshops on Building Culturally Competent Organizations and Individuals

“Going Beyond Language: How to Talk About Cultural Competency to Funders”
Carla Gibson and Dawn Downes – The REACH Healthcare Foundation

“Engaging in Difficult Dialogues”
Sonia Dhaliwal and Óscar Rojas-Pérez – University of Missouri

Breakout 5E: Youth Development:
Workshops on Integration Strategies (cross referenced with Breakout 5B)

Closing Session


Pre-Conference Meetings


9:30 AM - 12 noon on June 8

Annual Meeting of the interstate initiative Latinos and Immigrants in Midwestern Communities (NCERA 216). Among NCERA 216's activities are webinars that it hosts throughout the year, which can be viewed here.

The interstate initiative Latinos and Immigrants in Midwestern Communities (NCERA 216) brings scholars, practitioners and community leaders into a research and education network to make achievements in the following areas: 1) Entrepreneurs and Business, 2) Families and Education, 3) Building Immigrant-Friendly Communities, 4) Building Diverse-Competent Organizations, and 5) Demographic Change. The initiative promotes inter-university and inter-state research collaboration in communities and the design and implementation of interventions that can lead to best practices in each of these areas. The Midwestern states included in the initiative are: Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
To join the network, send an email to ruben.martinez@ssc.msu.edu or jsandov3@slu.edu
Rubén Martínez, Julián Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University

J.S. Onésimo Sandoval, Saint Louis University



11am-1pm Gathering on June 8

The Missouri Dual Language Network (MODLAN) is a group of educators, school and community leaders, and university professors who believe in multilingual education for all students, as linguistically and culturally diverse learning opportunities are essential for success in an integrated, transnational society. MODLAN aims to:

- Connect dual language (DL) and multilingual schools and educators across Missouri
- Share information and research about DL education
-Prepare strong teachers and school leaders for DL programs
-Advocate for DL education and multilingualism
- Empower multilingual parents and communities

MODLAN will gather from 11 am-1 pm before the conference begins on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. At this meeting, we will discuss our growth over the past year, revisit our goals and purpose, and make plans for future professional development and coursework on DL education needed across the state of Missouri. Please join us! Contact Dr. Lisa Dorner to RSVP: dornerl@missouri.edu.

Student Meeting

Times 10AM - 12PM

Students will gather to network, organize, and discuss building collaboration across universities on themes relevant to Cambio de Colores and their related research.

See details here.





Program overview
Time Wednesday, June 8 Thursday, June 9 Friday, June 10

Student meetings

Morning Plenary;
Breakout Session #2

Morning Plenary;
Breakout Session #5
Closing Session

Midday Conference convenes at 1pm Lunch Conference adjourns

Welcome Session;
Education Plenary;
Breakout Session #1

Civic Engagement Plenary;
Breakout Session #3;
Breakout Session #4

Evening Poster session and Dinner Open Night  

Breakout sessions will each have options within five tracks.