SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science.

The full acronym stands for Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science.

Vision, Goals, Strategies & Values

SACNAS achieves mission impact through outcome-based programming and initiatives (listed below). To learn more about our rationale, approach, and long term objectives, please see the most recent:

Strategic Planning Documents

Annual Reports 



2013-2014 Annual Report (online viewer)






2012 - 2013 Annual Report (online viewer)







2011 - 2012 Annual Report (online viewer)







2010 Annual Report (online viewer) 







  1. To increase the number of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans with advanced degrees in science and the motivation to be leaders.
  2. To increase the number of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in science research, leadership, and teaching careers at all levels.
  3. To increase governmental commitment to advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in science resulting in increased resources, elimination of barriers, and greater equity.

Strategies & Programs


  • Inclusive of ethnicities, cultures, and scientific disciplines
  • Focused on having a real impact through our purpose and mission
  • Committed to standards of excellence in science and education
  • Fully mindful of the importance of students’ K-12 experience
  • Devoted to full engagement of our members in our work

Our Structure

SACNAS was founded in 1973 by a group of minority scientists, and was incorporated in 1986 under the name of Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, Inc.  In 1987 SACNAS received tax-exempt status under section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code.


Funding for SACNAS’ programs is contributed in part by the generous support of our grant funders & sponsors, through earned income of the organization (services provided throughout the year and at the SACNAS National Conference), and by the individual gifts from institutions and members.