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May 10, 2016

15th Annual Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) Conference

Submitted by Barbara Stone

You are invited to attend and participate in the largest gathering of professionals and scholars focused on prosocial and positive development in Latino youth in the US.

The 15th annual Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) Conference will have a track devoted to youth development. The Youth Development track will have four sessions on research and best practices for implementing positive development programs among Latino youth. There are four other tracks on changing communities, education, health, and civic and economic engagement.

Fifteenth Annual Conference
Cambio de Colores / Change of Colors
Latinos in the Heartland: Building Bridges, Dialogue, and Opportunity

Columbia, Missouri
June 8-10, 2016

Register today: http://cambiodecolores.org/2016/registration2016.html.

Cambio de Colores 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 conference will feature over 70 presentations, posters and workshops on research and best practices for creating more inclusive and welcoming communities for immigrants, plus four keynote speakers.

See the shareable poster.

9 Reasons You Should Attend the Cambio de Colores 2016 conference:

Keynote Speaker Information:

Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr.
President of the United States Hispanic Leaderships Institute (USHLI)
"The Social, Economic and Political Implications of Latino Population Growth"
Dr. Juan Andrade is the President of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI). He is one of the most highly decorated Latino leaders in the nation, only the 4th Latino in history to be honored by both the government of the United States and the government of Mexico.

Dr. Edmund 'Ted' Hamann
Professor of Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education at University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Ëducation in the ‘New-ish’ Latino Diaspora: A Research and Praxis Agenda for the Next 10 Years”
Trained as an anthropologist of education, he is particularly interested in how the ways educational decision-makers imagine their constituent populations in turn shape the educational policies and practices they support for those populations.

Dr. Sandy Magaña
Professor of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago
“Addressing Disparities for Latino Families of Children with Disabilities”
Dr. Magaña’s research focus is on the cultural context of families who care for persons with disabilities and mental illness and the experiences of parents who have disabilities.
She has been a leader in investigating racial and ethnic disparities among children with autism and developmental disabilities and among their family caregivers.

Dr. Gustavo Carlo
Professor of Human Development and Family Science, and Director of the Center for Family Policy and Research at the University of Missouri
“Fostering Prosociality in Latino/a Youth: Practices, Values, and Prosocial Behaviors”
His research focuses on prosocial and moral development among children and adolescents, including a focus on the positive health and adjustment among Latino families and youth.

Learn more about keynote speakers: http://cambiodecolores.org/2016/program2016.html

Breakout Sessions
See the program-at-a-glance on the conference website: www.cambiodecolores.org.

About the Cambio de Colores 2016 Conference
Communities throughout the Midwest have seen dramatic demographic changes in the last three decades, including the arrival of large numbers of immigrants who are settling in rural and urban areas. Since 2002, the Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) Conference has annually brought together community leaders and policymakers, those who provide services to newcomers in changing communities, researchers, and other professionals to discuss the issues resulting from these changes.

The theme this year, “Building Bridges, Dialogue, and Opportunity,” emphasizes the need for developing connections among the diverse groups that exist in our communities, facilitating dialogues that increase understanding, and motivating people to engage in processes that create opportunities for people to address differences and facilitate greater integration. … Keep reading at http://www.cambiodecolores.org/2016/documents/2016call.pdf.

Please distribute this message among your professional and organizational circles. Please follow and share the Conference page on Facebook. Registration is available at http://cambiodecolores.org/2016/registration2016.html.

Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) 2016 Conference
Latinos in the Heartland:
Building Bridges, Dialogue, and Opportunity
June 8-10, 2016
Columbia, Missouri