Call for Proposals

Abstract submissions are closed for this year. We will post the program soon.

The Cambio Center and conference organizers welcome abstract proposals of no more than 500 words for presentations, posters, workshops, and panels on best practices and/or scholarly and applied research for the 2021 Cambio de Colores Conference. We invite service providers, grassroots and advocacy organizations, education and healthcare providers that offer services to Latin@/Latinx/Hispanic and immigrant communities, as well as artists, academic researchers, students and extension specialists to submit. The deadline is closed.

The Call for Proposals includes an introduction to the conference, descriptions of the conference themes, and details about how to submit a proposal for a presentation, workshop, or poster. It also includes information about the following activities:

19th annual Cambio de Colores conference:

Key Dates:

  • March 13, 2021: Notification of accepted abstracts
  • April 30, 2021: Early bird registration ends
  • June 16-19, 2021: Virtual Conference Sessions

About the Virtual 2021 Conference

Rural and urban communities throughout the Midwest have been reshaped by the arrival of immigrants and refugees, many of whom identify as Latino/as, Latinx, and Hispanic.  Over the past eighteen years, the Cambio de Colores Conference has served as a hub for stakeholders to explore how our communities are adapting to these changes and share how to enhance immigrant integration and community wellbeing.  This multidisciplinary conference has traditionally focused on native and foreign-born Latin@/Latinx/Hispanic and immigrant communities, but is interested in the challenges inherent in multicultural changing communities, including the experiences of all newcomers, faith groups, and marginalized groups. The integration of these very diverse groups is being studied by academics and pursued by stakeholders.

The conference theme this year is “Embracing Differences and Empowering Communities”. Although many people work hard to welcome and integrate immigrants and Latin@s/Latinxs/Hispanics into their communities, there remains increasingly negative rhetoric at local, state, and federal levels, which marginalizes newcomers, sometimes even denying them access to basic public services. With the recent elections, 2020 marked an important year for political and social change by mobilizing Latin@s/Latinxs/Hispanics and immigrants to participate in the elections and to be counted in the Census. Including our communities in these important activities can be empowering.

This conference seeks to explore the many questions around integrating immigrant and other new populations when the formal policy arena is sometimes antagonistic to those aims.

  • How does the rhetoric shaping public policy affect how people engage with each other and the communities where they live?
  • What successful practices are used to build trust in the current environment?
  • How are communities and organizations forming collaborative networks to facilitate access to information and resources?
  • What are the impacts of this policy environment on children and families?
  • How do communities foster a sense of belonging when large segments of the population are disenfranchised?
  • How do we take this knowledge and direct it towards action and policy change at local, state and federal levels?

The conference convenes public and private service providers, artists, grassroots and advocacy organizations, education and healthcare providers, academic researchers, students and extension specialists, state and local government institutions, policymakers, corporations, and Latin@s/Latinxs/Hispanics and immigrants. The conference program focuses and builds on the sharing of university, government, and community resources, linking academic studies to the more applied perspective and best practices of people and institutions working at the heart of changing communities.

Cambio de Colores serves as a unique venue to share, learn, discuss, and identify critical areas where the development of information and promising practices will facilitate the successful transition of newcomers into communities large and small. The conference organizers seek presentations, posters, and panels on the conference themes described in this call, as well as workshops targeted to community members, leaders, and officials with the tools necessary to address these changes in ways that are sustainable and beneficial to all. We strongly encourage the submission by artists whose work focuses social justice and issues on immigrant and changing communities. See details about submissions and theme groups in the following pages.

Led by the University of Missouri, Cambio de Colores is a collaborative effort that includes University of Missouri Extension, the campuses of the Missouri system, and other educational institutions across the United States, as well as government and private organizations. Since 2009, the conference has benefited from the cooperation of the interstate initiative on “Latinos and Immigrants in Midwestern Communities,” North Central Education and Research Activity 216 (NCERA 216), and since 2015, has benefited from the cooperation of the Missouri Dual Language Network (MODLAN).

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Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) 2021 Conference