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January 23, 2003

March 2002 Conference Program

(This page includes now links to on-line versions of some presentations and abstracts, and also to reports of the workshops.)

Day 1 - Wednesday March 13th

Day 2 - Thursday March 14th

Day 3 - Friday March 15th


Day 1: Wednesday March 13th

10:00 a.m. - Noon.   Registration: Viewing of Posters and Table Displays
11:00 a.m. – Noon.  Box Lunch available upon request and purchase with registration

12:00 - 12:45 p.m.   CONFERENCE WELCOME

Corinne Valdivia, Conference Co-chair, MU Agricultural Economics, President HLAFSA
Chancellor Richard Wallace, University of Missouri-Columbia (MU)
President Manuel T. Pacheco, University of Missouri System (UM)
State Auditor Claire McCaskill, State of Missouri, Keynote Address
Vice Provost Handy Williamson, University of Missouri-Columbia
Sylvia Lazos, Conference Co-chair, MU School of Law, Vice President HLAFSA

12:45 - 2:00 p.m.    CHANGES/CAMBIOS

A panel discussing what are the Latino migration patterns in the Midwest; the demographic changes in Missouri, the patterns of and reasons for (im)migration, and who are the new Latina/o immigrants. (All 3 abstracts in PDF format.)

Chair and Moderator: Corinne Valdivia, Associate Professor Research, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri - Columbia

Panelists:
Lourdes Gouveia, Associate Professor and Director, Chicano/a-Latina/o Studies, Dept. of Sociology, University Nebraska, Omaha  Incorporation’s Up-Hill and Twisted Roads: Latinos in Meatpacking Communities and Labor Markets” (Abstract)
Daryl Hobbs, Professor Emeritus Rural Sociology and Director, OSEDA, What You Don’t Know About the Hispanic Population”
Christina Vásquez Case, Doctoral Student, MU Dept. of Rural Sociology, Learning About the Newcomers to Missouri Towns - (Abstract also available)
Ron Turner, Executive Vice President and Director of Cooperative Extension, UM Outreach and Extension, The Demographic Changes in Missouri and Implications for Outreach and Extension” - (Abstract also available)

2:15 - 3:30 p.m.    CULTURAL CONTEXT

A panel focusing on what are the social and cultural dynamics, the potential mutual benefits and possible conflicts triggered by the settlement of the new immigrants.

Co-Chairs: Domingo Martínez Castilla, MU International Agriculture, Anne Dannerbeck, MU Dept. of Social Work

Moderator:   Domingo Martínez Castilla, MU International Agriculture

Main Presenter: Anne Dannerbeck, Research Assistant Professor, MU School of Social Work, The Context of Reception for Hispanic  Newcomers in Missouri”

Commentary on Ethnographic Studies
Rebecca Martínez
, Instructor, MU Dept. of Psychological Sciences

Commentary on Discrimination in Missouri
Sylvia Lazos
, Associate Professor, MU School of Law: "How Has Missouri Responded to Change of Colors: Integration/Acculturation or Discrimination?"

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.   Refreshment Break:  Viewing Posters and Table Displays

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.    COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

A series of presentations on community development dimensions and issues as they pertain to a growing Latino population in Midwest communities.  Many communities are engaged in a complicated dance between meeting the needs of the existing population and of the newcomers. The presenters will set the stage for exploring key issues and strategies for dealing with changes due to immigration.

Co-Chairs: Steve Jeanetta, MU Community Development / University Outreach and Extension, Dolores Arce-Kaptain, Alianzas, University Outreach and Extension, Steven Henness, MU Community Development / University Outreach and Extension

4:00 - 4:45 p.m. Learning to Tango: Latino Immigration and Community Development in the Midwest 

Moderator: Steven Henness, MU Community Development / University Outreach and Extension

Presenters:
Mark Grey, Professor of Anthropology, New Iowans Program, University of Northern Iowa
Anne Woodrick, Associate Professor of Anthropology, New Iowans Program, University of Northern Iowa
"Latino Immigration and Community Development in the Midwest"

 

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Community Development Breakout Groups

Missouri Communities Responding to Change (Also available: PDF version)
Missouri communities will share their stories about Latino immigration and change. Teams of three community delegates from California, Milan, Noel, Senath, Sedalia, and Kansas City will describe major turning points, key issues, and lessons learned as they adjust to new arrivals in their communities.

Steve Jeanetta, MU Community Development

6:30 - 7:00 p.m.     Cash Bar
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.     Buffet Dinner

8:00 - 9:00 p.m.     Keynote Speech: “The Literature of the Immigrant Experience” 

Dr. Eduardo González-Viaña, Dept. of Spanish, Western Oregon University, winner of the 2001 Award for Latino Literature (Premio Latino de Literatura 2001), New York; and the 1999 "Juan Rulfo" short-story award, Paris. (Report in Adelante! newspaper.)

Introduction: Domingo Martínez Castilla, MU International Agriculture

9:00 - 10:00 p.m.   Entertainment

El Grupo Atotonilco, Mexican folkloric dance troupe from Kansas City.  Presented by Maria Chaurand, artistic director. 


Day 2:  Thursday March 14th

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.    Continental Breakfast: Viewing Posters and Table Displays 

8:00 - 9:15 a.m.   SOCIAL SERVICES AND MENTAL HEALTH

A panel on social services and mental health providers discuss their experiences in working with the Latino/a community on specific issues related to this population group, best practices, and gaps in services.

Chairs and Moderators: Judith Davenport, Professor, MU School of Social Work; Danny Moritz, Program Development Specialist, Missouri State Dept. of Social Services

Panelists:
Iberty Gedeon, Mattie Rhodes Counseling and Arts Center, Kansas City
Judith Gonzales, Director, Mano a Mano, Springfield
Sister Peggy Bonnot and Sister Margaret Snyder, El Puente Hispanic Ministry, Jefferson City

9:20 - 10:35 a.m.   HEALTH SERVICES

A panel analyzing the growing demographic diversity in the Midwest and the implications for the state of Missouri health care system, the need of establishing a cultural competence, and the importance of reaching out to the community.

Chairs: Alejandra Gudiño and Steve Morris, MU Research Reactor Center

Moderator: Manuel Navarro, Recruiter, Boone Hospital Center

Panelists:
Suzanne Ortega, Dean of the MU Graduate School
Keith Mueller, The Nebraska Center for Rural Health Research, University of Nebraska Medical Center: "Changing Population Demographics in Rural America: Can the Health Care Delivery System Keep Pace?"
Eduardo Simoes, Chief State Epidemiologist, Missouri State Dept. of Health
William Chignolli, Director and Founder, La Clínica, St. Louis: "Equal Access to Health Care for All Missourians"

10:35 - 11:00 a.m.  Refreshment Break: Viewing Posters and Table Displays

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  EDUCATION

A panel presenting the key findings from the report "Conditions of Education: Missouri at the End of a Decade", paying particular attention to what needs to be done at both K-12 and higher education levels to address the educational needs of Latinas/os.

Chair and Moderator: Gerardo López, Assistant Professor, Education Leadership and Policy Analysis, MU College of Education

Presenter: Bruce A. Jones, Chair of the Consortium for Education Policy Analysis: "Latino/LatinaTrends in Education"

Commentators:
Kent King, Missouri State Comissioner of Education
Manuel T. Pacheco
, President of the University of Missouri
Mike Rohman, President, Missouri School Board Association 

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.   Buffet Lunch

1:45 - 3:00 p.m.  CIVIL AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SEMINAR (CLE credit)

A panel focusing on the legal needs of Latinas/os in Missouri, and describing the barriers to their being able to attain civil and criminal justice.

Chairs: María López and Sylvia Lazos, MU School of Law 

Moderator: Jay Wood, Director, Missouri Legal Services Support Center

Panelists:
Deleta Williams, Missouri State Representative, “The 1999-2000 Joint Task Force’s Work on Meeting the Needs of Missouri’s Latina/o Communities
Suzanne Gladney, Managing Attorney,  Legal Aid of Western Missouri, “How (Un)documentation Affects the Every Day Life of Missouri’s Latina/o Immigrants
María López, Lecturer in Legal Research and Writing, MU School of Law, “Access to Justice Issues in Missouri’s Immigrant Communities”
Guadalupe T. Luna, Associate Professor, University of Northern Illinois, School of Law, “Latinas/os as Immigration and Agricultural Underdogs” 

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.  Refreshment Break: Viewing Posters and Table Displays

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.  CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS  (Please choose one) 

A. Social Services and Mental Health: An interactive workshop among administrators of state and private agencies, researchers, policy makers, and the general public discussing what services are available and what barriers exist in the providing and receiving of social and mental health services.
Facilitated by Carol Snively, Assistant Professor, MU School of Social Work.

B.  Health:  The workshop centers around the experiences of community-based organizations.  This dialogue will serve to raise and connect community voices from across the state and examine innovative strategies and models for building community-based health education initiatives.
Facilitated by Maria Carpena, Project Specialist, State of Missouri Office of Minority Health.

Panelists:
Eduardo Crespi, Director, El Centro Latino de Salud, Educación y Cultura, Columbia
Sara Antibus, Pettis County Health Department
Sharon Lee, Director, Puertas a la Salud, Columbia Boone County Health Department

C.  Community Development I:  "Tools for Developing Inclusive Communities"

This workshop will present  “best practices” being in Missouri and the Midwest in faith-based organizing, public dialogue on immigration issues, and leadership development.

Panelists:
Anne Woodrick, New Iowans Program, University of Northern Iowa
Jamie Thompson, Consumer & Family Economics Specialist (Benton County)
Ann Marie Kuchinski,  UM Outreach and Extension (Adair County)
Pat Williams, UM Outreach and Extension (Greene County).  

D.  Community Development II : Impact Assessment: Expectations and Techniques for Project Accountability” 

Panelists will introduce impact assessment techniques, describe what public and private funders  are looking for in terms of accountability and results, and what techniques can be used to measure the impact of programs.

Panelists:
Corinne Valdivia
, MU Agricultural Economics
Steven Henness, MU Community Development
J. Arbuckle, MU Agricultural Economics

E.  Justice I (CLE credit):  “Justice for Food Industry Workers”
A presentation describing Nebraska’s progressive legislation providing food industry workers with a “bill of rights.”

Presenter: Milo Mumgaard, Executive Director of the Nebraska Appleseed Project

Commentators:
Mark Grey, New Iowans Program, University of Northern Iowa
Lourdes Gouveia, University of Nebraska-Omaha 

(Report in Adelante! newspaper.)

F.  Justice II (CLE credit):  “A Primer on Immigration Law” 
Basic concepts of immigration law will be presented in question-and-answer format.

Panelists:
Suzanne Gladney, Legal Aid of Western Missouri
María López, MU School of Law
Jay Wood, Missouri Legal Services Support Center

G.  Media Workshop: “Media Coverage of Hispanics/Latinos in Newspapers and Broadcasts”
Media representatives and journalists will discuss how their publication or broadcast is focusing on the community and whether or not the intended audience is responding to coverage.  Problems, needs and future coverage will be addressed.

Moderator:  Anna Romero, Missouri School of Journalism

Panelists:
Tracy Barnett, “Adelante! , Columbia
Mary Sánchez, Reporter/Columnist, Kansas City Star
Frank Soriano, Radio Broadcaster, “Española, Aurora
Patricia Lange, “Qué Pasa, St. Louis bilingual newspaper 

(Report in Adelante! newspaper.)

H. Education “Show Me” Showcase
This workshop showcases successful ongoing programs designed to promote bilingualism and increase high school graduation and retention: Reading Facilitator Program (Pam White, Noami Urbina-Rupp, Gerald Edward); LNESC Young Readers Academic Year Read Along Program (Maria Jackson); Leadership Academy (Karen Johnson); Creating Interactive Learning Environments (Jim Groccia, MU, Project of Excellence in Teacher); U.S.- Mexico Teacher Exchange Program, John Miller(DESE).

I. Education: ESL & Bilingualism
Experts will address challenges in Missouri in quality, comformity, uniformity and resources.

Panelists:
Linda Espinosa, MU College of Education
Laura Jackson, Department of Social Services
Steve Holland-Wempe, Applied Language Institute, UMKC
Judy Elliott, MU Direct in Mexico, MU College of Education

(Report in Adelante! newspaper.)

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.   Roundtable: Critical questions to administrators and policy makers

Facilitator: Patricia Sobrero, Associate Vice President, UM Outreach and Extension

Panelists:
Rick Beasley, Acting Director, Missouri Workforce Development, Missouri Dept. of Economic Development
Brady Deaton, Provost, University of Missouri – Columbia
Laurence Kaptain, Assistant Provost Academic Affairs, University of Missouri at Kansas City
Kathy Martin, Missouri State Dept. of Social Services
Dianna P. Moore, Director, Missouri Community Development, Missouri Dept. of Economic Development
Ron Turner, Executive Vice President, UM Outreach and Extension
Deleta Williams, Missouri State Representative

7:00 p.m.    Cash Bar and Buffet Dinner

8:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Keynote Speech: “Mid-Western Colonias: 1910 to 2000 and the History of Latina/o Immigration into the Midwest”

Speaker: Dionicio Valdés, Professor, Dept. of Chicano Studies, University of Minnesota

Introduction: Judith Davenport, MU School of Social Work

(Report in Adelante! newspaper.)

9:00 - 10:00 p.m.   Entertainment

Musical Performance by Del Alma from Columbia


Day 3: Friday March 15th: A Call to Action

Discussing the building of communities and planning for the future.

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.  Continental Breakfast 

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.   WELCOME TO A “CALL FOR ACTION”

Vicky Riback Wilson, Missouri State Representative, “The Importance of Building Local Communities” 

Introduction: Tom Henderson, Vice Provost for Extension University of Missouri Columbia

8:30  - 9:00 a.m.   RAPPORTEUR SESSION

Summary of the discussions in each of the previous afternoon’s workshops

9:00 - 11:45 a.m.  WEAVING COMMUNITIES AROUND CRITICAL ISSUES

What are the critical needs that the discussions of this conference have identified? Breakout groups will discuss how to build and strengthen networks around critical needs and opportunities.

Facilitated by UM Community Development faculty

The following are the summaries of the five concurrent workshops that were organized for this activity:

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.:  SUMMING UP – Accomplishments of the Conference and Challenge Ahead

Sylvia R. Lazos and Corinne Valdivia, Co-Chairs of “Cambio de Colores” 2002 Conference Planning Committee

12:15 - 12:30 p.m.:   FAREWELL AND INVITATION TO THE “CAMBIO DE COLORES” 2003 CONFERENCE

Dolores Arce-Kaptain, Director, Alianzas