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Research & Outreach on Latinos and Changing Communities in Missouri
Investigación y extensión acerca de latinos y nuevas comunidades en Missouri















Established in the fall of 2004, the Cambio Center's main goals are:

  • Provide education and enhance the welfare of all residents of the state of Missouri in the context of the current demographic changes
  • Develop a premier source of knowledge, scholarship, and outreach to respond to the local effects of globalization
  • Provide knowledge and best practices to facilitate a smooth integration of newcomers to Missouri and the Midwest, and prepare all citizens for a diverse society
  • Understand the international nature of the immigration process, the cultures and institutions of Latin America, as a major global partner of Missouri in the exchange of goods and the migration of people

Latinos in the Heartland: Shaping the Future: Leadership for Inclusive Communities

Kansas City, Missouri, June 10-12, 2015


The University of Missouri has recognized and thanked Domingo Martinez for his dedicated service as director of the Cambio Center since its founding in 2004. Domingo has provided key leadership in the Cambio Center's work for the past ten years, and has also played an integral part in the annual "Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors)" conference since its inception in 2002. Domingo has decided to step down as Director of the Cambio Center effective January 15th, 2015. He will continue to serve Mizzou as a Research Associate in the Cambio Center and CAFNR International Programs, where he has worked since 1991. A reception will be held to thank him for his leadership, service, and good work directing the Cambio Center in February. Please contact the Center if you would like further information.

Vice Provost for International Programs Dr. Handy Williamson has worked with the Cambio Center Executive Board to select Dr. Stephen Jeanetta to serve as Interim Director. Dr. Jeanetta was one of the co-founders of the Cambio Center, along with Domingo Martinez and Corinne Valdivia in 2004. He has been a fellow and on the Executive Board of the Cambio Center since 2004. His expertise in organizational development, planning, facilitation and community development process will be valuable tools as the Interim Director. We hope that you will join us in welcoming Dr. Jeanetta to this new role.

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This fall, MU’s Cambio Center celebrates 10 years of research and outreach on Latinos and changing communities in Missouri. The center invites you to learn more about its research and its Fellows’ research.

The Educational and Developmental Experiences (and Challenges) of Latinos in Missouri and Beyond
Nov. 5, 2014, 3p-4:30p, Townsend Hall 205

The Academic Adaptation of Immigrant Newcomers with Interrupted Schooling and Schools’ Grade-Level Placement Policies
Nov. 10, 2014, 12p-1p, Memorial Union S203

The Cambio Center’s First Ten Years of Groundbreaking Research
Nov. 11, 2014, 3p-4:30p, Leadership Auditorium, MU Student Center

For more information, see the flyer.

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Cambio Center Newsletter: October 2014

News about the Cambio Center activities, and updates from the fellows.

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NEW BOOK! Proceedings 2013 (Published in June, 2014)

Stephen Jeanetta and Corinne Valdivia (eds.)
Cambio de Colores: Latinos in the Heartland. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference: Positive Steps Toward a Pluralist Society. St. Louis, Missouri | June 12-14, 2013
Published by the Cambio Center, University of Missouri, June, 2013 (128 pp.)

Review the Table of Contents (PDF)

Download full Proceedings 2013 book, free of charge (PDF file - 1.8 Mb)

Latinos in the Heartland: Growing Together in New Destination Areas

Columbia, Missouri, June 25-27, 2014.

In the News: "13th annual Cambio de Colores Conference promotes immigrant integration" (June 26, 2014) in the Columbia Missourian.

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Current Research:
"Immigrant Integration & Sustainable Rural Development:  Linking Receiving & Newcomer Communities (PI Corinne Valdivia; co-PI's Lisa Flores and Steve Jeanetta). 
A three-year competitive grant research project, funded by USDA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). Started February 1, 2011.

Read more about the Immigrant Integration Project.


Corinne Valdivia, Stephen Jeanetta, Lisa Y. Flores, Alejandro Morales and Domingo Martínez: "Latino/a Wealth and Livelihood Strategies in Rural Midwestern Communities." Choices. The magazine of Food, Farm, and Resource Issues. 1st quarter, 2012. (Full text).

This article is a translational effort based on results of the Cambio Center's USDA project Asset Accumulation Strategies in 3 New Settlements Communities (2006-2010), and the ongoing 3-year project Immigrant Integration & Sustainable Rural Development: Linking Receiving & Newcomer Communities, also funded by USDA. Choices is an online peer-reviewed magazine published by the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) for readers interested in the policy and management of agriculture, the food industry, natural resources, rural communities, and the environment

Valdivia, Corinne, and Lisa Y. Flores. "Factors Affecting the Job Satisfaction of Latino/a Immigrants in the Midwest." Journal of Career Development. February 2012 39: 31-49. DOI: 10.1177/0894845310386478. (Abstract / Full Text (PDF).

This Cambio Center interdisciplinary study examines the job satisfaction of 253 Latino/a newcomers in three rural communities in the Midwest. Specifically, the authors explore the effects of ethnic identity, Anglo acculturation, Latino/a acculturation, perceptions of the community (social relations, discrimination/racism, and language pressures), job tenure, work hours, and salary on participants’ job satisfaction.

"Improving the Use of USDA Programs Among Hispanic and Latino Farmers and Ranchers" - Final report of an assessment of Latino farmers in Nebraska and Missouri, developed by the Center of Rural Affairs (Lyons, NE) and the Cambio Center. (PDF, 20 pp.). 2012

The Cambio Center's research project CSREESAsset Accumulation Strategies in 3 New Settlements Communities, funded in 2006 by a competitive grant of the USDA's National Research Initiative (now Agriculture and Food research Initiative - AFRI) has finished in September, 2010 after four years of intensive and ground-breaking work.

The project's website has an up-to-date list of articles and presentations. The unique and large data set will continue to be analyzed, and more products will be coming to support the integration of newcomers in Missouri and the Midwest.

Note on 2010 Census Data (March 1, 2011)

Data from the Census Bureau: Population Estimates for Missouri, April 1, 2000 and July 1, 2009, statewide and by county, showing that the Latino population grew 72 percent in that 9-year period. (PDF file, 233 pp.)

A 2008 Cambio Center international event:

Coloquio Internacional "Migrantes regionales en las Américas. Casos de Argentina, Brasil, Chile y Estados Unidos"
Una iniciativa del Cambio Center.
Buenos Aires, 8 y 9 de setiembre, 2008

International Colloquium “Regional Migrants in the Américas. Cases of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and the United States”
A Cambio Center Strategic Initiatives project, in cooperation with the Centro de Estudios Migratorios Latinoamericanos (CEMLA), Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad San Martín (Argentina), Universidad de Chile.
September 8-9, 2008, Buenos Aires
(More information - in Spanish.)


The Cambio Center is one of the International Programs at MU