2018 SACNAS THE NATIONAL DIVERSITY IN STEM CONFERENCE
OCTOBER 11 - 13, 2018
CONFERENCE REPORT & HIGHLIGHTS
I. Celebrating 45 Years In 1973, the founders of SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/ Hispanics & Native Americans) gathered to build a network and raise visibility for those most underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). 45 years later, SACNAS has grown to over 6,000 members, 115+ chapters, and 20,000+ friends and partners with yearround programs that include regional meetings, leadership trainings, and the heartbeat of our organization — the SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference. Held annually since 1986, the SACNAS conference is a broadly inclusive space where attendees can bring their whole selves, knowing that science, culture, and community are equally valued and celebrated. 2018 SACNAS - The National Diversity in STEM Conference in San Antonio, Texas was a fitting tribute to our founders’ vision with over 4,200 students and professionals building a meaningful network of peers and mentors and accessing the necessary tools, resources, and opportunities for them to continue in their STEM educations, careers, and leadership trajectories.
SACNAS founding member Dr. Fred Norwood works with students early on in the organization’s history. -2-
“The caliber of research presented at 2018 SACNAS was outstanding — the posters and talks presented by both students and professionals were at the forefront of their fields. Equally important, the conference provided a safe space where attendees could welcome honest and constructive feedback on their development, challenge each other to strive for excellence within specific disciplines, and connect with exhibitors and partners to learn about valuable opportunities.” — Lino Gonzalez, PhD - SACNAS President, 2017 - 2018
II. Highlights n 2018 marked our highest attendance count and our highest number of exhibitors and partners. SACNAS hosted 459 exhibitors at the Graduate School and Career Expo Hall with thousands of students eager to learn about graduate schools, internships, fellowships, and career opportunities. n For the first time ever, we hosted the “Wave of Innovation: How Diversity and Inclusion is shaping the Pharma Industry” with leaders from GlaxoSmithKline, Genentech, and Eli Lilly. The symposium was moderated by then SACNAS president, Dr. Lino Gonzalez of 23andMe. n The Entrepreneurial and Innovation Hub was piloted to bring together and highlight innovation and entrepreneurship in STEM. n The Expo Hall also served as a vehicle to host theater sessions for our higher-level conference and organizational partners to share resources and information in an effort to deepen engagement with attendees and compliment partners outreach efforts. n Integrating SciComm (Science Communications) throughout our conference; we recognize that telling our stories is critical to our mission.
SciComm: 2018 SACNAS was a celebration of stories.
“Stories matter.YOUR stories matter. By embracing your full selves and sharing your stories, we can create a world in which people can better see a place for themselves in science.” — Ed Yong, 2018 SACNAS featured speaker and science writer for The Atlantic
Undergraduate student presenter, Kristen Gardner said she felt like her story mattered at 2018 SACNAS.
“It was an amazing opportunity to present my research and get feedback on my project, network, learn about my identity and how I fit into science, and just be surrounded by people who are working to make incredible advancements in science AND make the culture more inclusive to all people.” — Kristen Gardner, student presenter
This is what a SACNAS meeting — the largest multicultural and multidisciplinary STEM diversity conference in the country — is about: recognizing and celebrating our identities, cultures, and experiences as valuable assets to STEM and our nation as a whole.
Professionals from the pharmaceutical industry at the panel discussion on DE&I in pharma.
III. Our Impact Over the course of three days, the 2018 SACNAS conference showcased both undergraduate and graduate student presentations, offered STEM symposium, keynote addresses, professional development sessions, and the Graduate School and Career Expo in which students and professionals interacted with over 450 exhibitors representing universities, corporations, and agencies across the nation.
Student Opportunities 2018 SACNAS provided participants with a unique opportunity to connect with role models, scientists/STEM professionals, and colleagues in an inclusive and empowering environment. Attendees were exposed to cutting edge STEM symposia, professional development sessions, mentoring and networking opportunities as well as cultural programming that reinforced the connection between science, culture, and community. Role models speaking from the plenary stage in 2018 included Dr. Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman in space and former director of NASA Johnson Space Center. Over 1,000 poster and oral presentations were delivered at the conference. Oral presentations were given by graduate students and postdoctorates. Poster presentations were given by undergraduate and post bac students, as well as some graduate students. The undergraduate and graduate students consistently present research that surpasses expectations in their respective categories. During their presentations, students receive mentorship and are evaluated by mentorjudges, some of whom also once presented their research as a student at the SACNAS Students at Community College Day receive advice from a recruiter. conference. The top 10% of presenters were recognized on the main stage for their exceptional work at the last day of the conference. All students were exposed to mentorship activities that included Conversation with Scientists and a pre-assigned One-to-One Mentoring and Student Presentation Coaching Session. SACNAS provided over 500 travel scholarships to first time student attendees. For many of them, it was the first time they had ever presented their scientific research at a national meeting. All had an opportunity to attend professional development and STEM symposium sessions, discussion panels, workshops, and mentoring sessions and were exposed to cutting edge research and diverse role models. Students got to network with a representative from Eli Lilly at a special reception. -6-
Community College Access SACNAS hosted a robust Community College Day (CCD) that occured one day before the conference. CCD targeted exclusively community college students whose academic track was focused around a STEM field. It was a free event where local community college students were invited to attend as well as students who were already registered for the conference. Students had an opportunity to network, listen to inspirational talks, and gain valuable skills through various workshops. CCD also included a Resource Fair where tablers provided opportunities such as research internships, scholarships, and transfer information.
Professional Opportunities Within our programmatic scope we offer workforce development learning and connect students and professionals to career opportunities. Professionals network with peers and serve as mentors to student participants. The 2018 conference also provided information and connections to careers within industry; part of an effort to expand our partnerships and provide attendees at all levels with access to sectors that are focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Cultural Events SACNAS hosted several cultural activities that emphasized the value of the attendeesâ€™ cultural identities. At SACNAS, we are proud to make every attendee from all cultural backgrounds feel included and appreciated. Our cultural events include a Pow Wow that is free and open to our attendees, their families, and the local community. We also showcase native arts and crafts with our Indigenous marketplace; it also supports local minority owned businesses.
IV. The 2018 SACNAS Experience We often hear that it is hard to put the feeling of a SACNAS conference into words. Inspired. Affirmed. Energized. Connected.
“As a first time attendee, 2018 SACNAS was everything that I was hoping for. I had the opportunity to meet with amazing researchers and also share my work. It was encouraging to know that you can thrive regardless of your background or the conditions that shaped your life.” — Yaniris Molina, Undergraduate Student, University of Puerto Rico-Humacao
undergraduate & graduate students
undergraduate & graduate students post-docs
Attendee Survey - Result Highlightsprofessionals
professionals only undergraduate students
96% 96% 90% % 93% 100% 87% 90%% 96% 83% 92% % 100% 83% 91% 96% %
96% 96% 90% 93% 100% 87% 90% 96% 83% 92% 100% 83% 91% 96%
who would recommend the SACNAS conference to others
who were energized and inspired by the SACNAS conference
who felt they were a part of the community at the conference
who would like to be a part of this community after the conference
who reported meeting people who can help them advance in their careers.
who reported that they came away from the conference motivated to go further in school than they 100previously thought would be possible 6 months after the 2017 conference
“SACNAS is unlike any conference we’ve ever attended — community, reverence for one’s personal history, and science all woven together in the most creative and fun way! We were most inspired by the poster presentations. We enjoyed connecting with the individual researchers on their findings and learning more the trajectory of their work.” — Stephanie Rodriguez, Story Producer/Journalist, Google
V. Special events At the 2018 conference, we connected attendees to role models at the highest levels and addressed key issues that affect the communities we serve to better understand our role in these challenges and how to empower our network individually and collectively.
We were honored to have as our main keynote speaker, Dr. Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman in Space and former director of the NASA Johnson Space Center (2013 - 2018).
“Hearing Ellen Ochoa’s keynote speech was one of the most incredible moments in my life. She’s always been one of those people that I’ve known about that are immensely incredible, successful and influential in the Hispanic/Latinx communities, but never thought I’d ever get the chance to even see them. I even shared an escalator ride with Dr. Ochoa, and I think I couldn’t stop smiling the entire ride. Her speech only motivated me to keep striving for my PhD in physics, because the sky’s the limit!” —Kricia Ruano, Graduate Student, Fisk University
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Supporting the LGBT Community
A featured speaker was Dr. Lauren Esposito, founder of 500 Queer Scientists, a visibility campaign that highlights the presence of the LGBT community in STEM. Dr. Esposito’s participation complimented the active presence of LGBT attendees at the conference including genderneutral bathrooms and the LGBT networking reception, held annually since 2001, making it the longest running event of its kind at any STEM diversity conference.
A Safe Space for Critical Conversations
The conference, in its entirety, is a safe space filled with key moments and critical conversations — where attendees feel safe to discuss the often deeply personal and sensitive topics related to being an underrepresented minority in the STEM fields. Mentors led sessions including “Small Acts of Resistance: How to Handle Discrimination and Attacks” where they not only brought voice to the challenges but provided tools and resources on how to persist in STEM.
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V. Special events (con’t) Honoring Chapters Our 115+ SACNAS Chapters form a national network that promotes diversity, inclusion, and equity in STEM at their host institutions and strengthens the STEM pathway on the local level. At the 2018 conference we honored six chapters specifically in recognition of their dedication to diversifying STEM and publicly recognizing and honoring the value of their work.
2018 SACNAS Chapter of the Year Award • University of California, Santa Cruz
2018 SACNAS Role Model Awards • University of California, Los Angeles — Outstanding Fundraising • University of California, San Francisco — Outstanding Community Outreach Activities • University of Chicago — Outstanding Professional Development • University of Massachusetts Medical School — Outstanding Chapter Development • Oregon State University — Outstanding Community Outreach for Native Americans
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The Story Collider crew after a successful inaugural show.
Celebrating our Stories SACNAS was proud to partner with The Story Collider, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people tell true, personal stories about science that are shared through live shows and a weekly podcast. The SACNAS show focused on stories of courage and four storytellers shared their paths into science as researchers, mothers, daughters, students, and immigrants. This partnership is part of our science communications initiative which recognizes the deep importance of training minority scientists in communications skills as both an essential professional development tool and a critical step in increasing the visibility of diverse scientists and their research.
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VI. Our Reach Female
Transgender Non-binary < 1%
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2018 SACNAS Conference Female
ATTENDEES BY LEVEL Demographics
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Based on those who provided demographic information Postbac Students
ATTENDEES BY LEVEL Undergraduate
VIP’s & Guests
VIP’s & Guests
2% Postbac Students
DISCIPLINE Computer & Information Science
Life Sciences ETHNICITY
Physics & Astronomy
Psychology & Social Sciences Computer 4% & Information Science Geoscience
STEM Education & Learning
ETHNICITY Life Sciences
Physics & Astronomy
STEM Education & Learning Health 9% African 5% Asian/Asian 5% Other American American/ 5% 6% Black Other Latino/a Puerto Mathematics 9% (Caribbean, Rican 5% American Central, or South 7% Indian/Native American) American
Asian/Asian African Other American American/ 5% 6% Black Other Latino/a Puerto 9% (Caribbean, Rican American Central, or South 7% Indian/Native American) American
Alaska Native Psychology & < 1% Social Sciences
Native Hawaiian/ Geoscience Indigenous 4% Pacific Islander Alaska 1% Native
Native Hawaiian/ Indigenous Pacific Islander
Transgender Non-binary < 1%
Prefer not to say
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< 1% Non-binary
TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
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Professional Development Sessions Scientific Symposium Sessions
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Special Thank You: The following partners were a vital part of the 2018 SACNAS story and provided expertise, energy, and opportunities for our attendees.
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
500 Queer Scientists
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
March for Science
San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Pride Center San Antonio
The Story Collider
RAICES/UTSA Dreamers Resource Center
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VII. What’s Next? Join Us! Join us for 2019 SACNAS - The National Diversity in STEM Conference in Honolulu, Hawai’i, October 31 - November 2! SACNAS is proud to hold our annual meeting in Hawaii, America’s most ethnically diverse state. Hawaii is also one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet. With deep ocean waters, active volcanoes, and incredibly diverse microclimates and environments, the 50th state is one of the earth’s greatest scientific treasures and provides a living laboratory for exploration. Our partners are essential to the success of the event —providing opportunities, resources, connections, and inspiration to the next generation of STEM talent.
We invite you to join this community of changemakers. The major goals for 2019 SACNAS–The National Diversity in STEM Conference are: 1. To provide an inclusive space that honors and celebrates science, culture, and community, and 2. To serve as the connector between diverse STEM talent and you. For more information about partnerships and exhibitor opportunities contact: email@example.com
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