SACNAS Elects 4 New Board Members To Take Office January 2020

University of North Texas’ Dr. Pamela Padilla will be the fifth woman president in the organization’s history

SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science) announces the election of the following individuals to its national Board of Directors. They will take office in January 2020.

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Pamela Padilla, PhD

Professor, Associate Vice President for Research & Innovation, and previous Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Studies

University of North Texas

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David Carreon Bradley, PhD

Faculty Diversity Officer

California State University, Fullerton

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Adan Colon-Carmona, PhD

Professor of Biology

University of Massachusetts Boston

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Nazune M. Menka, JD (Koyukon Athabascan & Lumbee)


Rosette, LLP

“I am excited to welcome our newly elected members to the SACNAS Board of Directors,” said SACNAS President Dr. Sonia Zárate. “SACNAS inhabits the space where science, culture, and community intersect. The work that Directors engage in is critical to achieve true diversity in STEM; meaning that the demographics at all levels and in all STEM sectors better reflects national demographics. Changing the face of STEM may be considered hard work, but for SACNISTAS it is actually ‘heart work’. Congratulations to these dedicated SACNAS leaders.”

Dr. Pamela Padilla will assume her role as President-Elect in January. She is the fifth woman in the organization’s 46 year history to hold the office of president. Previous female presidents were Drs. Sonia Zárate (current), Maria Elena Zavala, Marigold Linton, and Maggie Werner-Washburne.


For over 46 years, SACNAS has served as an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanics & Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership within STEM.

Today, SACNAS serves a growing community of over 8,000 active members, 115+ student and professional chapters, and nearly 20,000 supporters and allies throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. SACNAS influences the STEM diversity movement through STEM outreach & advocacy, promotion of STEM leaders, and The SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference. Learn more about SACNAS on Facebook or Twitter.


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