SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) is an inclusive society of scientists across the country dedicated to fostering and supporting the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists from all education levels.
In 1973 a small group of Chicanos and Native Americans founded SACNAS. The first SACNAS National Conference took place in 1978 at Albuquerque, New Mexico. 225 attendees attended the SACNAS National Conference in 1978, in 2016 more than 4,000 attendees attended the Conference!
The student and professional chapters are vital to the mission of SACNAS. Currently there are 115 chapters across the country. The chapters play an important role in providing a source of community to chapter members as well as a venue to network and increase visibility of underrepresented minorities in science.