Society for the

Advancement of

Chicanos and 


Americans in


We are students, faculty, and professionals from UMD. Our goal is to foster the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in STEM, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.

Visit our pages to learn more about what we do, how to get in touch and involved, and know about resources and opportunities available to you!

What is SACNAS?

SACNAS is a national organization seeking to advance Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science.

Through trainings, events, national conferences, funding, mentoring, and the establishment of support networks, SACNAS helps these communities reach leadership positions in STEM.

Although its mission is to advance those communities, SACNAS is open to all members of society, and all career stages!

SACNAS at UMD is one of the first SACNAS chapters in the USA.
Visit the Who are we? page to learn more about us!

Land Acknowledgment
The land acknowledgment we use was organized by Ghonva Ghauri from MICA and approved by Piscataway elders. If you'd like to use the land acknowledgement below for your own office/school/group, please feel free, but we ask that you not change any of the words aside from the office/unit name, as this was the exact language that was approved by Piscataway Tribe elders.

Every community owes its existence and strength to the generations before them, around the world, who contributed their hopes, dreams, and energy into making the history that led to this moment. Some were brought here against their will, some were drawn to migrate from their homes in hope of a better life, and some have lived on this land for more generations than can be counted. Truth and acknowledgment are critical in building mutual respect and connections across all barriers of heritage and difference.

At SACNAS at UMD, we believe it is important to create dialogue to honor those that have been historically and systemically disenfranchised. So, we acknowledge the truth that is often buried: We are on the ancestral lands of the Piscataway People, who were among the first in the Western Hemisphere. We are on indigenous land that was stolen from the Piscataway People by European colonists. We pay respects to Piscataway elders and ancestors. Please take a moment to consider the many legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that bring us together here today.