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
2013-2014 Annual Report (online viewer)
2012 - 2013 Annual Report (online viewer)
2011 - 2012 Annual Report (online viewer)
2010 Annual Report (online viewer)
- To increase the number of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans with advanced degrees in science and the motivation to be leaders.
- To increase the number of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in science research, leadership, and teaching careers at all levels.
- 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
- National & regional meetings
- Web-based services & community
- Professional and student chapters
- Leadership development
- Native American initiatives
- Student scholarships, internships & fellowships
- Evaluation & research
- Science policy/advocacy
- Society membership/member engagement
- Collaborations & partnerships
- 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
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.