Building community at Cambio de Colores 

Last week, I had the privilege to speak at the 21st annual Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) Conference. Hosted by MU’s Cambio Center, this conference is an opportunity for those working with Latine and immigrant communities to share research and promising practices that can improve lives. 

As a land-grant university, we have a duty to serve every Missourian. Our state has a growing immigrant population and many who speak languages other than English – including nearly 150,000 who speak Spanish as their primary language. That makes the Cambio Center’s work – and our own – vitally important.

Through leading research and outreach efforts, the Cambio Center serves Latin American, Spanish-speaking, immigrant and refugee communities on campus and across the country. As part of our Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity, the center works with partners such as MU Extension and local organizations to bridge cultural divides, engage youth from many backgrounds and share information that benefits communities statewide. Cambio de Colores is a great opportunity to extend their impact and support a welcoming environment for all. 

I want to thank Cambio Center Director Dr. Lisa Dorner, as well as the center’s staff, fellows and volunteers for organizing such an incredible event. I hope to attend again in the future. 

— Mun