Dennis N. Valdés, The University of Minnesota
Currently there are only five Latino historians, seven Latino anthropologists, and five Latino sociologists in the Midwest. The presence of Latino social scientists is haphazard. Latino social scientists in the Midwest face the followig problems:
The primary obstacle for research is a lack critical mass. As a result, Latino social scientists face what they call "Drain and Strain." This refers to the increased administrative and committee responsibilities given to Latino junior faculty, responsibilities which are higher than for other groups of scholars In addition, Latino faculty are typically given joint appointments in their discipline and in Latino or Chicano studies. Because most Latino faculty are untenured this results in heavy teaching and advising responsibilities along with larger aministrative burdens. "Drain and Strain" also results in a heavy turn-over and burn-out rate among Latino faculty.
Many Latino social scientists feel a lack of support in their home departments partly because of split appointments and a perception that this results in split allegiance to the discipline. Additionally, it was generally agreed that there is a lack of respect or legitimacy given to Chicano/Latino studies by colleagues who do not recognize this research as legitimate inquiry.
The participating scholars unanimous]y agreed upon the following recommendations to remedy the current problems in the social science fields: