Change and Integration: Growing immigrant and refugee populations in the Midwestern United States and other parts of the country are making a significant impact on communities, organizations, institutions and economies. As a direct result of the demographic shift taking place, many new policies and programs are being developed and instituted at various community and state levels to facilitate integration. Change and integration are experienced differently between and among populations, so the conference aims to share and highlight studies focused on: the experiences of refugee and immigrant newcomers in their settlement and integration, bridges between local longtime residents and newcomers; maintaining cultural diversity under resource constraints; and the opportunities associated with policy and political leadership.
The Cambio de Colores conference is a multistate conference about integration of immigrants in new destinations in the Midwest. It is a professional development opportunity that engages practitioners, researchers, and those working with immigrant communities in sharing experiences and knowledge that facilitate the integration of immigrants in new settlement areas.
The 16th annual conference will take place in St. Louis on June 14, 15 and 16th, 2017. The theme this year is “Todos Juntos: Collaboration and Unity in Uncertain Times.”
The following themes provide the conference framework:
1. Change and Integration
2. Civil Rights and Political Participation
4. Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
6. Youth Development