Established in the fall of 2004,
the Cambio Center's main goals are:
education and enhance the welfare of all residents of the state
of Missouri in the context of the current demographic
- 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
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
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
Nov. 11, 2014, 3p-4:30p, Leadership Auditorium, MU Student Center
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News about the Cambio Center activities, and updates from the fellows.
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)
In the News: "13th annual Cambio de Colores Conference promotes immigrant integration" (June 26, 2014) in the Columbia Missourian.
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 Asset 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.
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