2024 Linton-Poodry SACNAS Leadership Institute

A new cohort of 20 STEM professionals joins the country's largest community of emerging STEM leaders.

The  Linton-Poodry SACNAS Leadership Institute (LPSLI) is the premier leadership training program provided by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). 

Founded in 2009 by Clifton Poodry, Ph.D. (Seneca) and Marigold Linton, Ph.D. (Cahuilla-Cupeño), both founding members of SACNAS, LPSLI is the country’s premier training for motivated underrepresented minority (URM) scientists, laying the foundation for them to lead institutional transformation.  Linton, the Director of American Indian Outreach at the University of Kansas and past president of SACNAS said, “I was concerned that SACNAS’ PhDs were not going on to high-level leadership positions.  We created the LPSLI to produce leaders who will change the face of science.” 

LPSLI is an intensive five-day course featuring small group exercises, distinguished speakers, leadership development planning, and extensive community building among selected participants. This year’s institute is being held June 10 - 14, 2024, and is hosted by  Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in  Chevy Chase, Maryland. 

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Of the >400 LPSLI alumni, many are now executive directors, program directors, assistant deans, department chairs, entrepreneurs, senior scientists in industry, and emerging science policy leaders.  

LPSLI is the first in a suite of three leadership trainings offered yearly by SACNAS. The programs are dedicated to building the capacity of students and professionals with the necessary leadership skills to advance their education and careers and to lead change at the highest levels.  

Other SACNAS Leadership Opportunities: 

  • LPSLI – June 10 - 14, 2024 
  • PLI – October 29 - November 2, 2024 (in conjunction with #2024NDiSTEM)  
  • COLOR – October 30 - November 2, 2024 (in conjunction with #2024NDiSTEM)  

Follow the Linton-Poodry SACNAS Leadership Institute on social media using: #2024LPSLI   

2024 LPSLI is hosted by:

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For over 50 years, SACNAS has been an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanics & Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and leadership positions within STEM. Today, the organization serves nearly 9,000 members and has 132 student and professional chapters throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. SACNAS influences a larger STEM community of over 25,000 through outreach, advocacy, and production of the National Diversity in STEM Conference. Learn more about SACNAS on Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, TikTok, or Twitter.


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