Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science


SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science.

The full acronym stands for Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science.

Vision, Goals, Strategies & Values

SACNAS achieves mission impact through outcome-based programming and initiatives (listed below). To learn more about our rationale, approach, and long term objectives.


  1. To increase the number of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans with advanced degrees in science and the motivation to be leaders.
  2. To increase the number of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in science research, leadership, and teaching careers at all levels.
  3. To increase governmental commitment to advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in science resulting in increased resources, elimination of barriers, and greater equity.


  • Inclusive of ethnicities, cultures, and scientific disciplines
  • Focused on having a real impact through our purpose and mission
  • Committed to standards of excellence in science and education
  • Fully mindful of the importance of students’ K-12 experience
  • Devoted to full engagement of our members in our work

Directiva 2015-2016

Presidenta – Astrid Díaz
Vice-presidenta – Kristal Hernandez
Secretaria – Nicole Colón
Tesorera – Natacha Rivera
Vocal – Susana Torres
Representante de Ciencias Naturales – Alexis Cotto
Representante de Ciencias Sociales – Elbangelis Ortiz, Jose Berrios
Historiadora– Luzmarie Lopez


Logo representativo de la Organización Estudiantil SACNAS