"There was a moment when over 500 people were all dancing together. It was such a great experience to be celebrating native culture with so many people."
The mission of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is to further the work of and to enhance the public understanding of and appreciation for Chicanos, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other underrepresented minorities in science.
Website: Oregon State University SACNAS
Who can join? Why join?
We welcome all students to SACNAS. Anyone who is interested in supporting diversity in science should consider joining our chapter.
How did you get involved?
I became involved with SACNAS after meeting the co-advisor for the chapter, Wanda Crannell. She told me about all the wonderful workshops and events the chapter hosted, as well as details about the SACNAS national conference that the chapter attends annually. I immediately became a member.
What is your best memory?
My best memory is of dancing in the gigantic powwow at the SACNAS national convention. There was a moment when over 500 people were all dancing together. It was such a great experience to be celebrating native culture with so many people.
What is the community like?
My experience with SACNAS has been life changing. I have been inspired by so many of my fellow members and by the professionals I’ve met at the national conference and at campus events. I’m a transfer student from a small college in Georgia, and SACNAS has introduced me to new people, opportunities and experiences I never had access to before.
When did you first feel a sense of belonging on campus?
I first felt like I belonged on campus when I met Wanda while attending the transfer student START program. After meeting her, I became a bioresource research major and joined SACNAS. I felt like I fit right into place in both of these groups and couldn’t be happier.
How have you grown from being involved?
I have significantly improved in both my professional and personal life by becoming a part of SACNAS. I left my old school with the idea that achieving my goal of becoming a doctor was unlikely. However, since becoming a member of SACNAS, I am far more confident in myself, and the different opportunities I have participated in while being a member have made me a much stronger applicant to medical school.