SACNAS to Honor University of Chicago as Chapter of the Year at 2019 National Diversity in STEM Conference

Select SACNAS chapters will also be honored at the annual diversity in STEM conference
as role models for their work and outreach

HONOLULU, HI — The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) will recognize SACNISTAs from the University of Chicago with the 2019 Chapter of the Year Award at 2019 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference, which will take place at the Hawai’i Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i from October 31 to November 2, 2019.

Additionally, five other chapters will be honored for outstanding achievements at the Chapter Awards Ceremony & Reception sponsored by the National Security Administration on Friday, November 1, 2019.


University of Michigan
Outstanding Chapter Development

The Ohio State University
Outstanding Professional Development

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Outstanding Community Outreach

University of Pennsylvania
Outstanding Fundraising

Northeastern Illinois University
Outstanding Recruitment & Membership Outreach

“This award validates all the hard work and long hours that the University of Chicago SACNAS has put in to raising our community and strengthening all kinds of diversity in all fields of STEM,” said Chapter President Juan Vazquez. “We receive this award, not just for ourselves, but on behalf of past leaders who paved the way for us; on behalf of our support networks, who helped us get here; and on behalf of future SACNASistas, who will continue to empower everyone to be at home in STEM. With this recognition, we hope to inspire every child and young adult to overcome their doubts and achieve greatness; and to encourage other generations to continue their support so that we can help them get there.”

Each SACNAS chapter develops programming on its respective campus focused on networking, professional development, scientific engagement, and community service. As part of its mission, SACNAS supports this nationwide network largely through direct outreach and year-round contact with individual chapters. Every year SACNAS recognizes a handful of chapters at its National Diversity in STEM Conference that demonstrate outstanding achievements throughout the past twelve months. This recognition serves as a platform to share best practices across the entire network of SACNAS chapters.

“The SACNAS Chapters were imagined as a partnership between SACNAS National and institutions with the goal of advancing diversity and inclusion in STEM. Each year we recognize the emerging STEM leaders and their creative and timely efforts to achieving true diversity in STEM,” said SACNAS President Dr. Sonia Zárate. “We are proud to be a partner to and recognize the 2019 Chapter of the Year recipient, the University of Chicago. The University of Chicago, along with the other chapters honored and the larger network of SACNAS student chapters nationwide, are a galvanizing force ensuring that the scientific enterprise is able to benefit from the potential that diversity holds.”

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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, the organization serves a growing community of over 20,000 supporters, 6,000+ members, and 115+ student and professional chapters 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 at, Facebook, or Twitter.


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