Call for Proposals Now Closed

The deadline for abstract is now closed.

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 2022 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 March 21, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.

The abstract should be 500 words or less. Please have the following for the abstract:
▪ Title of the abstract
▪ Contact information for the author(s): name, address, phone, email, title, and organization;
please list Contact Author first. In addition, please include a short biography for all presenters
(up to 150 words).
▪ Theme: the theme(s) you want your abstract to be considered in; you may pick a primary and
secondary theme.
▪ Type: indicate whether the presentation is research or promising practices; if it is research,
please specify methodology (qualitative, quantitative, case study, etc.).
▪ Scope of the presentation: local, state, regional, national, or global
▪ Article: identify whether your intention is to have a paper considered for inclusion in the
conference proceedings.

This year marks the 20th Cambio de Colores Conference. The theme for this year’s conference—“Floreciendo-Resilience and Changing Communities in Uncertain Times”—addresses the uncertainties communities are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, global warming, forced displacement, and social unrest in the US and around the world. The term “floreciendo” translates to blooming. This represents the need to change the negative rhetoric of exclusion against immigrants and Latin@s/Latinxs/Hispanics to speaking about belonging. These communities belong and are an essential part of the growth and well-being of the areas where they arrive. Immigrant and Latin@s/Latinxs/Hispanics communities are resilient and face the attempts to be marginalized. They are an integral part of their communities.

All submitted abstracts should relate to one or more of the conference tracks (each submission may select a primary and secondary track). For a detailed explanation, please refer to the Description of Conference Themes.

The following tracks provide the conference framework:

• Change and Integration
• Civil Rights & Political Participation
• Education
• Community and Economic Development
• Health
• Youth Development

Approved abstracts will be presented at the conference on June 22-24, 2022, at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Please note that all presenters will be responsible for their own travel expenses and conference registration fees ($175 early bird, $200 regular, and $110 students). At least one author per presentation must register by May 13 to guarantee their participation in the program. Presenters will have the option to submit a paper for publication in the 2022 Cambio de Colores Proceedings. Please see the Paper Submission Requirements in the conference website for details on preparing articles.

Key Dates:

  • April 15, 2022: Notification of accepted abstracts
  • May 13, 2022: Early bird registration ends
  • June 22-24, 2022: Cambio de Colores Conference at UMSL

About the Cambio de Colores 2022 Conference

Rural and urban communities throughout the Midwest and beyond have been reshaped by the presence of immigrants and refugees, many of whom identify as Latin@, Latinx, or Hispanic. Over the past 20 years, the Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) Conference has served as a hub for stakeholders to explore how our communities are adapting to and benefiting from these changes and to 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. It is also interested in the experiences of all newcomers to the Midwest.

This year marks the 20th Cambio de Colores Conference. The theme for this year’s conference— “Floreciendo-Resilience and Changing Communities in Uncertain Times”—addresses the uncertainties communities are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, global warming, forced displacement, and social unrest in the US and around the world. The term “floreciendo” translates to blooming. This represents the need to change the negative rhetoric of exclusion against immigrants and Latin@s/Latinxs/Hispanics to speaking about belonging. These communities belong and are an essential part of the growth and well-being of the areas where they arrive. Immigrant and Latin@s/Latinxs/Hispanics communities are resilient and face the attempts to be marginalized. They are an integral part of their communities.

This conference seeks to explore the many questions around integrating immigrant and other new populations when internal and external forces push them to move and act.

• How does the rhetoric of exclusion 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 global warming, the pandemic, forced displacement, and social unrest 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.

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 submission by artists whose work focuses on social justice and issues on immigrant and changing communities. See details about submissions and theme groups in the following pages.

Abstracts should be submitted online through the link located on the conference homepage (https:// cambioconference.wordpress.com/) by March 21, 2022. If you have difficulties uploading your abstract, or if you have any questions regarding this call, please send a message to decolores@missouri.edu.

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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Questions about submissions can be sent to: decolores@missouri.edu

Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) 2022 Conference
www.CambioConference.wordpress.com
E-mail: decolores@missouri.edu

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