University of Hawai‘i to Be Presenting Sponsor of 2019 SACNAS – The National Diversity in STEM Conference

University of Hawai‘i Partners with SACNAS’ Conference to Help Achieve True Diversity in STEM

SANTA CRUZ, CA & HONOLULU, HI — The University of Hawai‘i (UH) will be the Presenting Sponsor for 2019 SACNAS – The National Diversity in STEM Conference. UH will support the convening of more than 4,000 STEM professionals, scientists, engineers and college students at the Hawai‘i Convention Center from October 31 – November 2, 2019 for the country’s largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event. The conference is produced and hosted by the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), an inclusive organization with over 45 years of experience of fostering the success of underrepresented minorities in STEM.

“With the most diverse campuses in the nation, the University of Hawai‘i is perfectly aligned with the mission and goals of SACNAS,” said University of Hawai’i President David Lassner. “This is also an amazing opportunity to showcase the work of our faculty bringing together Hawai‘i’s traditional indigenous knowledge and practice with modern science to better understand and address the challenges and opportunities we all face.”

Estimates show the conference’s thousands of attendees from across the nation could have an economic impact of more than $14 million on the state of Hawai‘i. Through the sponsorship, UH looks forward to highlighting the STEM leadership and expertise, often seen through a unique indigenous lens, that abounds in its 10 campuses across the state. It will be an important opportunity to recruit faculty and students from underrepresented populations as they experience UH’s affordable community colleges committed to open access and student success, regional universities with distinctive hands-on programs, and the flagship UH Mānoa research university one of only a handful of land-, sea-, sun- and space-grant institutions and a global leader in earth and environmental sciences, consistently ranked among the top 15 universities internationally.

“The SACNAS conference is fully aligned with UHʻs work in sustainability as we strive to become a model-indigenous serving university that values land, people and human knowledge from all times and cultures,” said Lassner.

SACNAS has always believed that science, community, and culture must be equally valued and celebrated to foster a truly inclusive STEM endeavor. In that spirit, this year’s conference will feature special scientific tracks on climate change and indigenous science that will highlight Hawaiian and Pacific Islander research, STEM issues, and the widely diverse communities represented in STEM.

“SACNAS’ strategy to help the American workforce reach its full potential is multi-pronged and includes developing talented individuals from populations historically underrepresented in STEM and improving the STEM environment. We are so grateful to the University of Hawai’i for partnering with SACNAS in the essential work of making the scientific enterprise diverse, equitable and inclusive, ” said SACNAS President Sonia Zárate.

“SACNAS is excited to work with the University of Hawai’i to develop relevant, meaningful, and culturally inclusive STEM programming that will reflect the values, community, and spirit of Hawai’i at this year’s conference. We look forward to welcoming students from across Hawai’i and the Pacific Islands. SACNAS is equally excited to develop a year-round partnership with the University of Hawai’i that will have a lasting impact well beyond the 2019 conference,” said John D. Winnett, SACNAS Executive Director.

View the 2019 SACNAS Conference invitation featuring UH Mānoa’s Healani Chang (SACNAS Board Member, Chair of the 2019 SACNAS Hawaii Advisory Group and Program Director of the Pacific Biosciences Research Center at University of Hawai’i at Mānoa):



For more than 45 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.

About the SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference

The SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference serves to equip, empower, and energize participants for their academic and professional paths in STEM. Over the course of three days, college-level through professional attendees are immersed in cutting-edge scientific research and professional development sessions, motivational keynote speakers, a Graduate School & Career Expo Hall, multicultural celebrations, and an inclusive and welcoming community of peers, mentors, and role models. For more information or to register for the 2019 SACNAS Conference, visit

About the University of Hawai‘i System

Established in 1907 and fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the University of Hawai‘i System includes 10 campuses and dozens of educational, training and research centers across the state. As the sole public system of higher education in Hawai‘i, UH offers an array of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees and community programs. UH enrolls more than 51,000 students from Hawai‘i, the U.S. mainland and around the world. For more information visit, Facebook or Twitter.


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