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About SACNAS: The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is an inclusive organization that fosters and supports the growth of underrepresented minorities in STEM from all education levels. To learn more about SACNAS please visit

History: SACNAS was founded in 1973 by a small group of Chicanos and Native American scientists who sought to increase diversity in STEM. To learn more about SACNAS’ history please visit the following link

Vanderbilt SACNAS chapter: The Vanderbilt SACNAS chapter is an all-inclusive student run chapter that welcomes anyone who has the desire to support and contribute to fostering scientists from underrepresented communities. The chapter is comprised of graduate students, postdoctoral trainees and faculty.

Our Goals:

1. Increase our membership.

2. Provide a community that supports and fosters our members.

3. Increase outreach to our local communities.

Our Mission:
To empower and support underrepresented students in STEM by creating and promoting opportunities for professional and personal growth, community building, while integrating identities and cultures.