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Graduate students are often reminded that acquiring a job in the academic field often demands living far from family and familiar surroundings. For minority doctoral students—specifically Chicanas and Latinas from the West and Southwest–who accept academic positions in Midwest and Eastern predominantly white institutions, the job may test familial cultural beliefs and affect faculty recruitment and retention. I argue that institutions must better understand the needs of new minority faculty hires. This session will explore the personal and professional necessities that both the predominantly white institutions and the Chicana/Latina must consider in order to be successful in recruitment, hiring and retention.