Call for Presentations

We are no longer accepting presentation proposals. The deadline was February 28, 2019 at 11:59 PM. 

The Call for Presentations 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:

Call for Presentations Introduction

18th annual Cambio de Colores conference:

Key Dates:

  • January 2019: Circulation of the Call for Presentations
  • February 28, 2019: Presentation proposals due at 11:59 pm
  • February 28, 2019: Poster and Lightning Round submissions due at 11:59 pm
  • March 14, 2019: Notification of accepted abstracts
  • April 8, 2019: Author/presenter registration deadline
  • April 23, 2019: Last day for Early Bird Registration rates
  • May 28, 2019: Last day for regular registration rates
  • June 5-7, 2019: Eighteenth annual Cambio de Colores Conference


About the 2019 Conference

Rural and urban communities throughout the Midwest have been reshaped by the arrival of large numbers of Latinos, immigrants, and refugees. Over the past sixteen years, the Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) Conference has served as a hub for stakeholders to take stock of how our communities are adapting to these changes and share experiences of how to improve immigrant integration and community wellbeing. This multidisciplinary conference has traditionally focused on native and foreign-born Latino newcomers (the majority of new arrivals in these new destination areas), but is also interested in the challenges inherent in multicultural changing communities, including the experiences of all immigrants, newcomers, faith groups, and marginalized groups.

Welcoming Immigrants and Newcomers in Turbulent Times: Knowledge, Connections and Action” sets the stage for the 2019 Cambio Conference. Across the United States, people, organizations, and communities have developed strategies to build connections with immigrants and newcomers, as they contribute to the economic development and wellbeing of rural and urban communities. There is much to learn from these experiences. The conference is interested in communities who embrace change, to identify the strategies that work to support immigrant and newcomer populations to help them integrate and fully participate in their communities. Cambio Conference brings researchers and practitioners together to understand the issues that affect this work and the factors that can affect the success and failure of community efforts.

These welcoming efforts are situated within a larger discussion in the United States about immigration, immigrants and others that has involved policy changes with real affects on peoples’ lives. The policy environment has implications for how basic public services are provided and accessed, how educational institutions effectively bridge to these populations, and how labor needs will be met.

This conference seeks to explore the many questions around integrating immigrant and new populations when rhetoric and policy are antagonistic to those aims. How do the discourses shaping public policy affect how people engage with each other and the communities where they live? What practices are used successfully in places 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, grassroots and advocacy organizations, education and healthcare providers, academic researchers, students and extension specialists, state and local government institutions, policymakers, corporations, and newcomers themselves. 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. This synergy is the signature characteristic of this conference, which engages a wide array of stakeholders as individuals, organizations, and communities invested in economic and social development.

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. 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) 2019 Conference
Columbia, Missouri
June 5-7, 2019