This paper supports the establishment of a Latino research center at Michigan State University. The authors argue that the rationale for such a center rests on the changing nature of the Midwestern economy and the challenges that it poses for the future of Latinos in this region. More specifically, the authors argue that given the relatively low educational attainment and the high drop out rates of Latinos, a future economy requiring greater skills is likely to result in serious social and economic problems for this population. Thus, a Latino center dedicated to policy-oriented research and outreach is urgently needed to develop policies and programs to help both Latino communities and individuals.
Joseph Spielberg (Ed.)
This paper contains presentations delivered by distinguished Latino scholars at the Institute's first planning conference held March, 1989 at Michigan State University. It also contains responses to these presentations. The purpose of the conference and this paper is to delineate a meaningful agenda for policy-oriented research among Latinos in the Midwest that seeks to understand the impact of structural changes in the economy of this population.