Conference topics: Youth Development

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Conference Youth Development Track: 

Latin@/Latinx/Hispanic and other newcomer youth are often resilient and face the majority culture with cultural resources that ought to be studied more. As they 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. It is also necessary to understand and address the risk and protective factors shaping Latin@/Latinx/Hispanic youths’ experiences in the U.S. and pay particular attention to the cultural values and expectations that influence development.

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 Latin@/Latinx/Hispanic and other new populations, and to work collaboratively to share these targeted curricula and projects. This year we especially welcome posters and presentation submissions that can aid in providing validation, safe spaces, and opportunities for DACA youth.

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 19th annual conference will take place in St. Louis on June 19-20, 2020.

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. To help address the social determinants of health, we encourage submissions that highlight research and new perspectives, including comparative and multidisciplinary studies, translating research into practice (best practices), and evaluation of policies which support or inhibit healthy behaviors. The following topics, among others, are very relevant: 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; mental health; substance abuse; suicides, 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 20th annual conference will take place in St. Louis on June17-20, 2020.

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: Community and Economic Development

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Entrepreneurship and Economic Development: 

The 2020 conference theme, Embracing Differences and Empowering Communities is especially suited to highlight research and educational programs that both examine and enhance the involvement and engagement of Latin@s/Latinxs/Hispanics and other immigrants in community and economic development activities. Promoting development through entrepreneurialism and business development is key for the sustainability and expansion of local and regional economies given the relative youth and risk-taking mindset that usually characterizes immigrant communities. Community and economic development plans, programs, and projects build bridges, promote dialogue and create opportunities that benefit communities, acting as facilitators of integration processes.

Proposals of interest to this track include those that consider the role of Latin@s/Latinxs/Hispanics and other immigrants cultural and social capital assets in promoting success as entrepreneurs, workshops on best practices, and research and education on themes that hinder and/or promote their involvement and success in community and economic development activities, and that inform public policy, enhance service delivery, and provide additional support to individuals and communities. Scholars, public service agency representatives, community advocates, and others working in community involvement and economic development in these communities are encouraged to share their research, projects, programs, and best practices.

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 19th annual conference will take place in St. Louis on June 17-20, 2020.

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 Latin@s/Latinxs/Hispanics, 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. Special attention will be given to presentations addressing Latin@s/Latinxs/Hispanics, immigrants, and other groups that experience discrimination and threats that impact their effective engagement, participation, and representation in our democracy and public institutions; and addressing Latin@s/Latinxs/Hispanics and immigrants within the growing movements for racial and economic justice; among other topics.We encourage submissions that deal with appropriate legal changes, as well as training and information dissemination programs that strengthen the ability of immigrants, receiving communities, and supporting organizations to respond to legal, political, and cultural challenges, as well as to develop political agency in the newcomer population.

We encourage submissions that deal with different ways in which Latin@s/Latinxs/Hispanics participate in social and political activities, as active and engaged members of society (i.e. through democratic and social processes such as contacting and becoming policymakers, voting, using petitions, protest, volunteering at neighborhood, educational, religious, political and other organizations, among other actions). Cambio de Colores is especially interested in presentations and workshops about outreach programs and legislative efforts that have improved, or might improve, the climate in communities receiving Latin@s/Latinxs/Hispanics and other immigrants, the study and analysis of the transition from undocumented to legal status and impacts on the individual and community, political engagement processes, and in presentations on current and historical research about the factors that favor or preclude integration of immigrants in the receiving 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 19th annual conference will take place in St. Louis on June 17-20, 2020.

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 there is a crucial need for 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 Change and Integration theme invites submissions by academics, professionals, practitioners, artists, and educators from multiple disciplines that positively contribute to the current discussions surrounding causes, consequences, and responses to living in a changing society, incorporating more refugees and immigrants. The goal of these sessions is to explore research and best practices that help us a) better understand the various contexts of integration, b) identify methods to preserve cultural differences within community environments, and c) identify effective intercultural tools for engaging new populations in the integration process.

We especially encourage submissions relating to this year’s conference theme: Embracing Differences ad Empowering Communities. This may include strategies that programs or communities have developed to: address issues of immigration and ways to incorporate dialogue or collaborations within communities; measure effects of federal, state and/or local policies in different community contexts; study the significance of place on integration of immigrants; and to explore the opportunities, vulnerabilities, uniqueness, and commonalities associated with urban and rural Latin@s/Latinxs/Hispanics and other immigrants; among many other possibilities. Proposals that illustrate positive outcomes or behavior changes are strongly encouraged.

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 19th annual conference will take place in St. Louis on June 17-20, 2020.

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 Education Committee welcomes proposals that explore educational issues, policies, and practices that influence Latin@/Latinx/Hispanic, immigrant, and refugee learners of all ages and backgrounds. Special attention will be given to submissions that emphasize the experiences of Latin@/Latin/Hispanic students in the Midwest –in comparison to coastal cities and states –as they become more important and prominent throughout the region. In addition, in line with our partnership with the Missouri Dual Language Network, we are especially interested in submissions that have to do with English Learners, bilingual education, dual language immersion education, and culturally/linguistically competent teaching and learning.

Given the complexities facing educators, the Education Committee expects that submissions will employ perspectives and research methods from various academic disciplines and theoretical frameworks. The different perspectives should help us to understand and analyze the challenges, accomplishments, and contributions of various stakeholders in education (e.g., students, family members, teachers, administrators, policymakers, and community members/educators). Examples of research and best practice topics in education include, but are not limited to: educational experiences spanning early childhood through adult in rural, suburban, and urban school districts; community/after-school programs and resources; the relationships between culture, language, legal status, education, and/or achievement; implications and development of federal, state, and local policies designed for immigrants, “English Learners,” and emerging bilinguals (including those learning languages other than English); parent involvement and family outreach; dual language education programs, policies, and practices; access, retention, and success in PreK-12, post-secondary, and higher education for traditional-aged and returning adult learners.

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 19th annual conference will take place in St. Louis on June 17-20, 2020.

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