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SACNAS social media team member and University of Wisconsin-Madison SACNAS Chapter Secretary Nik Santistevan says he’s going to SACNAS 2016.

Scientists Calling for True Diversity in STEM at SACNAS Conference


Thousands of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists will gather at the Long Beach Convention Center for the largest multicultural and multidisciplinary diversity in STEM event in the country from October 13 to 15.

Hosted by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), some 4,000 students and science professionals of color and their allies will spend three days in California discussing cutting-edge science.

“To maintain a globally competitive STEM workforce, we need to achieve true diversity in STEM,” said SACNAS Executive Director Dr. Antonia O. Franco, in a press release. “The sheer number of attendees proves that not only does STEM diversity matter, it is possible.”

This conference serves as a training ground for the next generation of STEM professionals, and aims to level the playing field for first generation college students of color through mentoring, professional development, and networking.

This year’s keynote speakers include:

Gabriela González, PhD, LIGO Scientific Collaboration spokesperson

Hannah Valantine, PhD, Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, NIH

Gregory Cajete, PhD, Director of Native American Studies, University of New Mexico

Mónica Feliú-Mójer, PhD, Vice Director, Ciencia Puerto Rico

Ari Daniel, PhD, Digital Producer, PBS NOVA

Jedidah Isler, PhD, NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University

David Saltzberg, PhD, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, UCLA, Science Advisor for “The Big Bang Theory”

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