The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is an organization dedicated to promoting the success of underrepresented minorities in science. In addition to hosting the largest diversity in STEM conference every year, SACNAS has over 100 chapters across the nation dedicated to promoting their mission. Being a part of a SACNAS chapter offers a unique opportunity not only to receive support and mentorship from peers, but to also engage in the local community. The co-founders of the SACNAS Chapter at Yale, Adrian Mehrtash and Gabriela Bosque Ortiz, recognized the many benefits of having a university SACNAS Chapter not only to supplement existing diversity initiatives at Yale, but also to create new and exciting resources to help students. Consequently, the SACNAS Chapter at Yale was founded and has received amazing support and interest from students, faculty, and administration. The SACNAS Chapter at Yale focuses on fostering community through social events, supporting chapter members through mentorship and professional development workshops, and serving the greater New Haven community through outreach. The SACNAS Chapter at Yale represents the first recognized chapter in the state of Connecticut. The Yale SACNAS chapter looks forward to serving the Yale community and promoting diversity at Yale in the sciences.
Submitted by Bonnie Ellis on April 13, 2018