SACNASSociety for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science
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Ignition Design Labs and Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans (SACNAS) have partnered to help support the nonprofit's STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) efforts, the company said.
Ignition said it will donate 100 of its new portal Wi-Fi routers to SACNAS.
SACNAS focuses on building a national network of peers and mentors for the next generation of diverse STEM leaders.
SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists, serving a community of over 20,000 and has over 100 chapters nationwide.
Sonia Zarate, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of San Diego and a SACNAS board member.
SACNAS has grown considerably since its creation in 1973 and first annual meeting in 1986--this year the event drew more than 3,000 participants--but the core mission of building the pipeline to bring more minorities and diversity into STEM is the same.
programs if it weren't for SACNAS and the McNair Program," said Geena Ildefonso, a McNair scholar at the University of Central Florida.
Zarate said that the mentorship and relationship building that results from attending the conference or being a part of a SACNAS chapter are crucial to the organization's goals of increasing representation within STEM fields.
Blow added, concerning his experience at SACNAS, "Being an African-American male, I see in my science classes there's not a lot of diversity, so I think the mission statement for SACNAS, encouraging different ethnicities to be more involved in STEM--that really hits home with me because I have younger siblings, family--I'm trying to do the same thing on a personal level."
Jessica Valdes, a junior at The University of Texas at Austin, similarly sees value in being at SACNAS insomuch as she can encourage others in her family to pursue higher education aspirations.
However, Valdes said seeing her at a venue like SACNAS "can hopefully help them get inspired to go and achieve a bachelor's.
"A lot of students that come into SACNAS for the first time are first-generation college students," SACNAS board member Dr.