Mission + Impact

Our Mission

SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.


SACNAS helps Our Country live up to its potential

And we see potential EVERYWHERE. For the last 48 years, we’ve been working to make sure that those most underrepresented in STEM have the support they need to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership.

1. America’s population demographics are changing.

It is projected that by 2060, Hispanics will comprise 29% of the population.

2. The Native American population is also growing - and consistently overlooked in the data. Native Americans face severe disparities in terms of access to:

3. The STEM workforce isn't keeping pace.

4. Without a concerted effort to diversify the amount of students earning and using their degrees in the US, America’s competitive edge - and a huge amount of potential - in the STEM fields will be lost.

Our Impact

At SACNAS, we understand that diverse voices bring creative solutions to our world’s most pressing scientific problems. That’s why we’re building a national network that is innovative, powerful, and inclusive.

Our programs and events train and support the next generation of diverse STEM talent.




Leaders Trained Since 2009


Student + Professional Chapters


Research Presentations Since 2015


Community of Supporters

We provide students and professionals the opportunities and resources they need to advance in their education and careers through:


Mobilize the mission and connect


Science. Culture. Community. 

Leadership Programs

Leadership training for students & professionals.

Native American Programs

Bring your whole self.

Professional Programs

Programs for Professionals to thrive.

Regional Meetings

Get Local!

Science Policy

Leverage our knowledge.


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We are Multidisciplinary and Multicultural