Proceedings of the 2012 annual conference

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Cambio Center

Cambio de Colores as a yearly event aims to strengthen the networks of community organizers, extension professionals, academics, and public and private-sector institutions focused on communities that are changing as a result of newcomer settlements, seeking to facilitate the integration of Latinos in the Midwest.

This publication includes abstracts, as well as selected papers, on some of the topics discussed during the 2012 Cambio de Colores conference. Also included is a list of participants.

Session summaries and abstracts

Change and integration
  • The Roles of Parenting and Cultural Values in ProSocial Behaviors Among Mexican American Youth
  • Exploring How to Make the North Central Education/Extension and Research Acivity (NCERA) Sustainable Over Time
Community voices and the welcome mat
  • Of Possibilities and Limitations: Maternal Self-Perceptions of Agency in Children’s Spanish/English Bilingual Development
  • Hardship Evaluations in Immigration/Deportation Case
  • Amigas en la Comunidad: Community Members for Social Change
  • Bosnian Muslim Refugee Girls in St. Louis: An Invisible Religious Minority Asserting Themselves
  • Disciplining Practices and Moral Development in Mexican American and European American Youth
  • Community Mobilization for Immigrant Integration: The Case of Sioux County, Iowa
  • Reframing the Conversation, Going Beyond Diversity
  • Integration and Acculturation through Pictures: PhotoVoice in Mexico and Minnesota
  • The Context of Interethnic Public Social Encounters in Milan, Missouri
  • Beyond Bilingual and Bicultural: How Service Providers in a New Growth Community Work with Latinos
  • How Can I Help You?: Immigrant Reception at a Midwestern Public Health Department
  • Transnational Lives and Local Belonging: Creating New Iowa History
  • Latino Immigrant Children: Invisible Facilitators of Integration
  • The Relationship Between Immigrant Parent’s Perception of Climate and Immigrant Children’s Wellbeing
Civil rights
  • Hay que Sufrir (Suffering is Necessary): The Hermeneutics of Suffering in the Migrant Settlement Process
  • Collaborating 2 Succeed: Latino Student Success Depends on Us All
  • Working with Undocumented Students Pursuing Higher Education
  • Creating Opportunities for Latino Youth: Juntos It Is Possible!
  • Latino Families are College Ready! Adaptation of the “Juntos Curriculum” to Missouri
  • Jump Into Action: The Need for Active and Healthy School Environments
  • The Need for Routine HIV Testing in the Latino Community: Silence is Not Golden Anymore
  • The Health Care Law and You’: Provisions of the Affordable Care Act and its Impact on Consumers
  • Voces De Mujeres Emigrantes: The Lived Experiences of Immigrant Women Living with HIV/AIDS
  • Entreprenuership and Economic Development
  • Does Formal Insititutional Access to Startup Funds Matter to the Survivability of Latino Owned
  • Complications Impacting the Full Employment of Newcomers
  • The Experience of Business Development Programs of the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City
  • The Fiscal and Economic Impact of State Immigration Control Laws

Selected papers

  • Fostering Prosocial Behaviors in Mexican and European American Adolescents: Parenting and Gender Roles Considered
  • Hispanics and Housing during the Economic Downturn
  • Barriers to Professional Integration among Latino Immigrants in Missouri
  • Social Capital in Rural Southwest Kansas
  • Cultural Transition, Identity Crisis and Challenges of a Foreign Professional
  • A Closer Look at the Latino Bachelor of Science in Nursing Student
  • Protection for Undocumented Children: Sexual Abuse Among Latino Children Living in the Heartland
  • Latino Farmers and USDA Agents talk about Challenges to Access and Use of USDA Programs
  • Exploring the Meanings of Food and Agriculture for Latino Youth Through The Use of PhotoVoice in Three Iowa Cities
  • Family Nutrition Education Program in Missouri
  • Re-framing the Conversation on Diversity
  • Developing Latino Entrepreneur Support Networks: The Wapello County Microloan
  • Creating an Immigrant-Friendly Community to Enhance Financial, Social, and Cultural Capital: Sioux County, Iowa
  • Volunteer Study Involving the Latino Community
  • Trauma Exposure during Immigration: Important considerations for Professionals Working with Latina Immigrant Populations
  • Creating a Dual Ph.D. Program between Oklahoma State University & Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla, Mexico
  • Of Possibilities and Limitations: Maternal Self Perceptions of Agency in Children’s Spanish/English Bilingual Development
  • Crossing Educational Borders: The Impact of International Experiences on Teachers
  • Chicanos: Beyond the Border, the Creation of a University Class


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  • Research
  • Best practices
  • Policy
  • Immigrants


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