Colorado State University is the first university in Colorado to institute a chapter of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. SACNAS is a 30-year-old national organization that encourages Chicano/Latino and Native American students to pursue graduate education and obtain the advanced degrees necessary for science research, leadership and teaching careers at all levels.
People from all ethnic and racial backgrounds who want to work with diverse populations in the sciences are welcome to join SACNAS, said Arlene Nededog, director of Undergraduate Retention Programs for the College of Natural Sciences. Nededog was joined by Christina Paguyo, who serves as coordinator of the College of Natural Sciences’ Students as Leaders in Science program, in establishing the program.
"We are looking forward to facilitating mentoring, research, professional development and community service opportunities for science majors," said Michelle Przybyski, president of the SACNAS chapter and a Colorado State senior majoring in psychology. "I am very proud that Colorado State is the first institution in Colorado to form a chapter."
Faculty, administrators, students and members of the Colorado State community are invited to celebrate the new Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science chapter – the first of its kind to be established in the state of Colorado – at a reception from 5-6:30 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Longs Peak Room of the Lory Student Center.
To RSVP or for more information about the new chapter, contact Paguyo at (970) 491-1603 or Nededog at (970) 491-2036.