Starting SACNAS

By Andrea Liatis

Originally published February 2005.

Clockwise from left: Leonard Howell, Chair of Admissions, MSTP student Dominic Ansari, Sonia Hayden, and NS student Andrea Liatis at the SACNAS conference in Austin, TX.
Clockwise from left:
Leonard Howell, Chair of Admissions, MSTP student Dominic Ansari, Sonia Hayden, and NS student Andrea Liatis at the SACNAS conference
in Austin, TX.

I am very excited to announce the foundation of a new student organization here at Emory. Sonia Hayden and I are in the progress of initiating a Society for the Advancement
of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) student chapter. The mission of
this organization is to “offer educational and professional development resources and opportunities to students interested in the sciences,” in ALL sciences. It is targeted predominantly to the Latino, Native American and other minority students, to teach them not only more science, but about their options in pursuing a graduate education and help in obtaining this education. Atlanta especially has a growing number of minority populations, and many of these children are not aware of the opportunities they have before them.

Sonia and I attended the SACNAS conference this year held in Austin, TX. The conference itself has grown to 3000 members! Not only did I make great friends, but I got to dance some merengue, listen to native american stories, and even got to see an indian pow wow dance!!!! But most of all I saw what a great help this society and conference was. You can
find out more about the conference and the society itself at http://www.sacnas.org.

This will be an alcohol-free society, meaning we mean business. Since this is a new club, any joining members will have the ability to give input and ideas into the type of activities we run. We will be responsible in coordinating events involving attendance to the National Conference every year, outreach and mentorship programs to undergraduate, high school and middle school children, and involvement in community activities. Such activities can include tutoring, holding outings, seminars, judging events and the such.

We have already received seven responses from people wanting to join, which means the organization can be submitted and we can get going! But it is never too late! Anyone is welcome, no matter what race you are! There is no better mind than one from many
different places!

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