Official Conference Program

The conference program is determined by the Planning Committee and conference chairs. All activities (excluding site visits on June 15) will be at the J.C.Penney Conference Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. See the Program page for more details. View the official conference program below:

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Conference topics: Youth Development

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Conference Youth Development Track: This track brings together 4-H, extension specialists, researchers, and youth educators to review and engage developments in research, to share updates on implementation of best practices for including Latino and other new populations, and to work collaboratively to share these targeted curricula and projects. As Latino youth become a larger proportion of the population in both rural and urban communities, we must understand, explore, and expand the research and best practices that can lead to the successful adaptation of out-of-school programs; moral and legal imperatives obligate us to ensure inclusive and appealing learning experiences that link to youths’ well-being and educational achievement. See the Youth Development flyer for more information.

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
3. Education
4. Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
5. Health
6. Youth Development

Conference topics: Health

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Conference Health Track: In the age of globalization, more than ever, complexity defines health. Differences in economic circumstances, education, behavioral choices, living conditions and the physical environment can prevent newcomers in the Midwest from being as healthy as the general population, creating additional social and health inequalities. The following topics are very relevant to the conference: networking and community-based health care programs; cultural gaps and bridging; consequences of acculturation and health behavior modification; influence of race or ethnicity on doctor-patient relationship; cultural competence; traditional practices; health literacy; outreach to families with children with disabilities; domestic and sexual violence, among other topics.

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
3. Education
4. Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
5. Health
6. Youth Development

Conference topics: Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

olu-eletu-13086Entrepreneurship and Economic Development: The 2017 conference theme, “Todos Juntos: Collaboration and Unity in Uncertain TImes,” is especially suited to showcase research and educational programs that both explore and enhance the involvement of Latinos and immigrants in entrepreneurial activities. Empowering economic development through this entrepreneurialism can be a key element for the sustainability and expansion of local and regional economies, given the relative youth and the risk-taking and optimistic mindset that usually characterizes immigrants. Entrepreneurship builds bridges, promotes dialogue and creates additional opportunities that benefit all community members, acting as a cornerstone for a solid integration process. 

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 
3. Education
4. Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
5. Health
6. Youth Development

Conference topics: Civil Rights and Political Participation

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Civil Rights and Political Participation track: The goals of the Civil Rights and Political Participation themes are to raise awareness and to share initiatives about legal rights, civil rights, and political engagement issues that affect and involve the livelihoods and integration of Latinos, other immigrants, and historically marginalized groups, especially in new destination states and regions. Changes and potential changes on the federal level, including to DACA, DAPA, deportation priorities and ICE detention policies (including prolonged detention, racial profiling, and right to counsel), voting rights, targeted registries, and others deserve discussion, as well as ongoing attempts by state and local policymakers to address issues of immigration, and the effects those policies may be having on the integration efforts of communities.

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
3. Education
4. Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
5. Health
6. Youth Development

Conference topics: Change and Integration

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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
3. Education
4. Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
5. Health
6. Youth Development

Conference topics: Education

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Education track: Education plays an integral role in the continued construction and progression of our society. In addition to academic development, formal and informal institutions of education serve as sites for the development of complex social, cultural, and linguistic skills and identities. The Cambio de Colores conference offers breakout sessions and workshops that explore educational issues, policies, and practices that influence Latino/a, immigrant, and refugee learners of all ages and backgrounds.

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
3. Education
4. Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
5. Health
6. Youth Development

Second plenary session: “Facilitating Integration through Collaboration and Unity in St. Louis”

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Plenary presentation:
“Facilitating Integration through Collaboration and Unity in St. Louis”

F. Javier Orozco, OFS, PHD
Executive Director of Intercultural and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Karlos Ramirez
President and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro St. Louis

Jaime Torres
Chairman of the Board of Directors, The Hispanic Leaders Group of Greater St. Louis
ERIBEC & Associates

Eileen Wolfington
Professional Latino Action Network (PLAN)
Coordinator of Health & Wellness Program, Kingdom House

See the other plenary sessions here.

Acerca de Cambio de Colores (en español)

Cambio de Colores: Construyendo un impacto positivo.

Este verano, líderes del centro y de todo los Estados Unidos se encontrarán en St. Louis para discutir sobre las investigaciones más recientes, aprender nuevas técnicas y habilidades, e intercambiar experiencias y métodos para apoyar a la integración de latinos e inmigrantes de diversas procedencias.

 

La decimosexta conferencia de Cambio de Colores se llevará a cabo del 14 al 16 de junio en la Universidad de Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), con unas Sesiones Extendidas sobre el tema de Educación de junio 16 a 17. Profesionales de diversos campos, académicos, y personas trabajando con comunidades de inmigrantes son invitadas a participar en esta conferencia. La conferencia ofrece una oportunidad de desarrollo profesional para compartir experiencias e información que facilitan la integración de inmigrantes en asentamientos nuevos.

 

El evento de este año se titula Todos Juntos: Colaboración y Unidad en Tiempos Inciertos. La conferencia es interdisciplinaria y ofrece diversas áreas temáticas que incluyen capacitación empresarial y desarrollo económico, educación/educación bilingüe, temas de salud, desarrollo juvenil, derechos civiles y participación política, y cambio e integración.

 

Además de la Conferencia, habrán visitas a diferentes localidades en St. Louis junto con personas ejemplares que han estado impactando positivamente a las comunidades latinas e inmigrantes. Estas visitas proveerán una oportunidad única para aprender de los líderes de la comunidad que servirá para complementar las presentaciones y talleres principales presentes en la UMSL.

 

Desde el 2001, la Universidad de Missouri está trabajando junto con el Sistema de las Universidades de Missouri, el Servicio de Extensión, y otras instituciones por todo el Medio Oeste para organizar este evento anual. La conferencia de Cambio de Colores siempre ha tenido como propósito actuar como un centro en el cual investigadores y profesionales puedan hacer apreciación de cómo nuestras comunidades se están adaptando a cambios, como también compartir experiencias para mejorar el bienestar de la comunidad y la integración de latinos, minorías, e inmigrantes.

 

Registro y oportunidades para participar

 

Para registrarse para la conferencia del 2017 se puede entrar en la página: https://cambiodecolores2017.wordpress.com/registration/  Registro temprano con precio reducido termina el 17 de abril.

 

Patrocinio: Tú o tu organización pueden ayudar a las comunidades al patrocinar este dialogo interdisciplinario sobre la acogida e integración de inmigrantes. Para más información visite: https://cambiodecolores2017.wordpress.com/sponsorship/

 

Exhibiciones: La conferencia tendrá un área de exhibición para que organizaciones, compañías, y otras entidades puedan compartir información con los participantes. Para aplicar visite: https://cambiodecolores2017.wordpress.com/exhibitors/