Call for Proposals

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 2020 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 by February 14, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

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:

Call for Presentations Introduction

19th annual Cambio de Colores conference:

Key Dates:

  • December 2019: Circulation of the Call for Proposals
  • February 14, 2020: Presentation proposals due at 11:59 pm
  • February 28, 2020: Poster and Lightning Round submissions due at 11:59 pm
  • March 13, 2020: Notification of accepted abstracts
  • April 8, 2020: Author/presenter registration deadline
  • April 23, 2020: Last day for Early Bird Registration rates
  • June 17-19, 2020: 19th Cambio de Colores Conference
  • June 19-20, 2020: Extended Education Track

About the 2020 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 upcoming election, 2020 marks an important year for the possibility of 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.

Extended Education Track: Strengthening Equity and Effectiveness of English Learners (SEETEL), 2017-2022, led by University of Missouri-St. Louis’s Dr. Kim Song, Principal Investigator along with the SEETEL Team, is co-hosting an Extended Education Strand on Language, Literacy, and Culture. This Extended Education Track opens at 1PM on Friday (June 19) with a keynote speaker followed by paper sessions until 5:30 and all day on Saturday (June 20) from 9AM until 3:45PM of the 2020 Cambio de Colores Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Submissions are invited for the main conference plus the Extended Education sessions that are focused on equity and excellence in the lives and education of immigrant children and their communities.  Example topics of the proposals can be but are not limited to: biliteracy, translanguaging, language ideologies, dual language immersion education, the development of welcoming/newcomer programs, linguistically and culturally responsive teaching strategies, language policy, and so on. For details, see the Description of Conference Tracks-Education.

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) 2020 Conference
St. Louis, Missouri
June 17-19, 2020
Extended Education Track June 19-20, 2020
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