by Jamila Jacob

One of the greatest elements of college and campus life is the opportunity for holistic student development within all programs and fields across an institution. This academic year, the Lincoln University campus has seen the formation of a new organization, the SACNAS chapter. The chapter, whose acronym stands for Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), has been introduced to the campus to give underrepresented STEM students the chance to maximize their college careers through various activities. 

LU SACNAS chapter founder (fifth from left), advisor (right end) and  members
LU Chapter founder, Bria Garcia


These include leadership programs, and the annual National Diversity in STEM Conference. In fact, it was through this conference in October of 2017, that Lincoln STEM student Bria Garcia was encouraged to form a SACNAS chapter on the university’s campus. Garcia, who was the only LU student to attend, shared her experience, “The conference was full of warm and friendly undergrad students, professors, grad students, and professionals from all over the world. It was the melting pot of culture and science – I was so inspired! Seeing the love and knowledge at the conference, I decided we needed a chapter at Lincoln.”

…any STEM student is able to pursue a chapter membership.

SACNAS, which has been in existence for the past 45 years, has served minority STEM students tremendously. It is important to note that while the chapter is branded as one that supports Native Americans and Hispanics, it does not exclude other minority groups. This means that any STEM student is able to pursue a chapter membership. Garcia has clearly defined goals and high expectations for the newly formed organization under her leadership as she wishes to expose STEM students to more opportunities for networking and academic advancement in their respective programs of study​​.
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