A society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists (college students and professionals)


SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science.

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Starting a SACNAS Chapter 07/07/2021

Starting a SACNAS Chapter

Starting a SACNAS Chapter


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Research Director- Full Professor, STEM Learning Center

Research Director- Full Professor, STEM Learning Center Coordinate and promote research in STEM fields that identifies and helps to eliminate barriers to participation in STEM learning experiences and pathw...


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🙌🏾 To remove the bleach from the history books, the Community of Scholars formed this list of inspiring Black scientists.



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SACNAS Advancing Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science

Welcome our permanent SACNAS Executive Director, Dr. Stephanie A. Herrera, DBA, MBA!

Dr. Herrera has 25 years of both national and international experience, having served in numerous executive roles including at the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) Foundation, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Foundation, and the US Hispanic Jr Chamber of Commerce.

“As a first-generation college student, my life’s work has been to move the world towards a more equitable future, and support those who have been disproportionately impacted by unjust systems and barriers. Working in the STEM and nonprofit space for 25 years, there is no question that SACNAS is the premier organization doing this work. I look forward to working with and for the community on the next chapter of SACNAS history, and continuing the movement for true diversity in STEM,” said Dr. Herrera.

Read the full announcement here:


SACNAS at NNMC's cover photo 11/10/2020

Lecturer, Neuroscience job with University of Arizona | 523680 The Department of Neuroscience at the UArizona invites applications for a Faculty Career-Track Lecturer position starting as early as January 2021. 11/04/2020

New Mexico elects its first all women of color House delegation The historic New Mexico House delegation formed out of three races with women running in both major parties.


Ultra Caballo Blanco

Seven runners for Team Mexico have began to arrive having just completed their 27th "Yard". Over 112 miles running at 8000 ft of elevation for the last 27 hours. It is quite possible, that their job is less than half way completed. Corre Libre amigos - Corre Libre. #teamMexico #bigdogsbackyardultra

Follow along the live stream on the Facebook group page covering the World Championship for Big Dogs Backyard Ultra


This today !! 10/08/2020

ÑA KÁANA YEE "Voices of Life" Short documentary about the mountain runner Ricardo Mejía. On an epic journey, an unknown world champion of mountain running, of Mixtec origins, decides to… 10/08/2020

Fallece Mario Molina, Premio Nobel de Química 1995 El científico mexicano murió a los 77 años a causa de un infarto, informó la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.


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Diversidad Cultural Indígena Americana - Abya Yala

Conocida como “La alfarera del jaguar”
Chiapas, Amatenango del Valle, México.


México Multicultural

Las fotos más increíbles de la diversidad cultural indigena de Mexico.

′′Es sorprendente que tengamos más de 57 culturas nativas en México y no conozcamos al menos la mitad de ellas. La información es casi inexistente."-

Diversidad Cultural Indígena Americana ❤
Fotos: Diego Huerta
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El Portal de la Noticia

#Guaymas Así le dio la bienvenida a sus alumnos de la clase de arte el maestro Iván Gradilla, de la Secundaria "Miguel Hidalgo".


Do not forget where this country's food comes from.

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Joe Martinez 1944 - 2020 - Obituary View Joe Martinez's obituary, send flowers and sign the guestbook.


Hola Familia,

We lost a giant in the field of neuroscience and a pioneer in diversity, equity and inclusion. Many of you knew Dr. Joe L. Martinez Jr. and were mentored by him on your paths to a career in science. He had a tremendous impact on my life as a mentor, sponsor and friend. My thoughts are with his wife Kim, who generously shared Joe with us, with his family and with the many who knew and loved him. Thank you for these words Dr. Keith Trujillo

Joe was a SACNISTA and lead the creation of the SACNAS Advancing Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science Neuroscience Scholars Program in order to increase the number of Latinos and Native Americans pursuing PhDs in this field. Thanks to Dr. Martinez, SACNAS received significant NIH funding to carry out activities that expanded beyond the national conference—no chapters or leadership programs existed then. It was an extraordinary opportunity for the organization to work directly with students through a comprehensive training program that incorporated year-round research, mentorship, and access to the conferences of the Society for Neuroscience and SACNAS.

A cohort of scholars were nurtured by a group of scientists, some of which were introduced to SACNAS via this program. The program in turn achieved its goal of developing a remarkable cadre of diverse neuroscientists whose bonds with Dr. Martinez and each other have endured for more than two decades. Many of these scholars have also served as board members and leaders for SACNAS. This did not happen by chance; it was Dr. Martinez’s thoughtful design and care that benefited individuals, organizations, and the scientific enterprise.

Here is his obituary:
Dr. Joe L. Martinez Jr., 76, passed away peacefully in his home on August 29th, 2020 in Soquel, California after a long battle with liver cancer.
Joe Louis Martinez, Jr. was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 1st, 1944 to the late José Luís Martinez and Maria Elena Martinez y Werner. He attended St. Mary's High School in Albuquerque ('62), then received his BA from UCSD in Psychology ('66), his MS from New Mexico Highlands University in Experimental Psychology ('68) and finally his PhD in Physiological Psychology ('71) from the University of Delaware. His postdoctoral training was carried out at UC Irvine and the Salk Institute in San Diego.

He was recruited to the Department of Psychology at UC Berkeley as Professor in 1982 where he taught and led an internationally recognized research laboratory until his departure as Professor Emeritus in 1995 for UT San Antonio, where he taught from 1995-2012. While at UT San Antonio he founded and directed the Cajal Neuroscience Research Center and held the Ewing Halsell Distinguished Chair. He moved to University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013 to become the chair of the Department of Psychology and retired in 2016.

In addition to leading a productive research program on the neurobiology of learning and memory, Joe dedicated his professional life to creating space and opportunity for underrepresented groups in science. Joe was the co-creator of the Summer Program in Neuroscience, Ethics, and Survival (SPINES), a month-long course, supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. SPINES was designed by Joe and by Dr. James Townsel to increase the success of underrepresented doctoral and postdoctoral students in neuroscience. Their impact on the MBL is evidenced by the endowment of the annual Martinez-Townsel Lectureship. For over 20 years Joe co-directed the American Psychological Association (APA) Diversity Program in Neuroscience, also funded by NIMH, to support the training of diverse doctoral and postdoctoral students in neuroscience. He then led efforts at the APA to develop a perpetual fund to provide permanent support for the training of diverse neuroscientists. During his career, Joe received many awards including election as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 1995, the AAAS Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1994 and the Association for Neuroscience Departments and Programs Education Award in 2003. He was a prolific researcher and published approximately 200 original research articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited the books “Chicano Psychology” and multiple editions of “The Neurobiology of Learning and Memory”. He was a beloved mentor to many graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who continue to work in neuroscience around the world.

Outside of his career, Joe was a lifelong fan of basketball, and particularly loved the San Antonio Spurs. He also enjoyed traveling and visited many international countries and almost all 50 states. He liked sci-fi movies, fishing, long road trips, a good Zinfandel and the oldies station. He cooked a mean posole that his family will endeavor to replicate for the foreseeable future.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Dr. Kimberly Smith-Martinez, his children Adan Martinez, Adria Chavez and granddaughter Amaia Pilar Chavez, Aric Martinez and Ariél Martinez, his siblings Inez Martinez, Carmen Martinez-Tittman and Damon Martinez, and of course, his Great Dane, Baloo.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to the Scholarships to Enhance and Empower Diversity (SEED) Fund of the American Psychological Foundation using this link: or by mailing donations made out to the American Psychological Foundation to: MFP Office, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002.

Due to COVID-19 physical distancing restrictions, the celebration of life service will be happening at a later date.


MeXicanos 2070

#XITO Profe Anita Fernandez

After the outlawing of the renowned Mexican American Studies (MAS) Program in Tucson, Arizona, XITO emerged to continue the legacy of the banned program which was proven to flip the “achievement gap” with staggeringly high graduation rates, state test scores and numbers of students matriculating to college. As a result of the Arizona ban, Ethnic Studies programs have begun to develop across the country at an exponential rate and in response, XITO has been at the forefront of offering research-based Ethnic Studies teacher training having already trained over two thousand K-20 educators across the country.


Bandelier National Monument

August 10th was the 340th anniversary of the start of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. The Pueblo Revolt has been recognized as one of the most successful indigenous rebellions in the history of North American colonization. The Pueblos united with their Navajo and Apache allies in an armed insurrection against the Spanish colonists and missionaries from Pueblo lands for twelve years. The Revolt of 1680 was part of a larger social movement organized under the direction of Po’pay, a charismatic Tewa leader from San Juan Pueblo. Po’pay preached a message of freedom, nativism and revivalism, calling on the Pueblos to purge their world of their colonial oppressors and return to their traditional pre-Hispanic ways of life. The statue of Po’pay stands in the National Statuary Hall in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. representing the state of New Mexico. Po’pay’s statue is a testament to the strength, courage, resilience, and perseverance of the tribal nations of New Mexico.

To learn more about the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 visit:

Image: Statue of Po’pay
Photo credit: Architect of the Capitol 07/09/2020

Rudolfo Anaya Mural in Española, NM organized by Con Safos Maya Peña is a 20 year old multimedia artist from Santa Clara Pueblo. She is a graduate … Con Safos needs your support for Rudolfo Anaya Mural in Española, NM


Here is Tȟuŋkášila Šákpe or The Six Grandfathers before it was defaced when 4 presidents were sculpted into the side. This is Lakota land that was stolen and renamed ‘Mount Rushmore’ with the patriotic monument being placed there only for tourist gain and $$$. ⁣

We must remember the truth and know whose land you occupy.

Here is Tȟuŋkášila Šákpe or The Six Grandfathers before it was defaced when 4 presidents were sculpted into the side. This is Lakota land that was stolen and renamed ‘Mount Rushmore’ with the patriotic monument being placed there only for tourist gain and $$$. ⁣

We must remember the truth and know whose land you occupy.


Bonitas imágenes y mensajes Israel 🙌🏾

Compartimos las creaciones de Aswer García para recordar que el #amor, el #corazonar, el #sentipensar y el #sorecer no son de bocas para afuera. Busquen el perfil @Theaswergarcia
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This is nice! Northern New Mexico College

Fall semester starts in less than two week. Apply and register for classes now, while there is still class space available.

Tohono O'odham Community College is excited to announce that we will continue our Free Tuition for all Native American students for the Fall 2020 semester. Students will be required to provide proof of tribal enrollment to be eligible for free tuition.

95% of courses will be delivered in an online format.

Non-Native Students can enroll at our low tuition rate of $34.25 per credit hour.

All Students will be responsible for the cost of books and fees.

Please visit our website,, to apply to be a student and register for classes.

For questions, please contact: [email protected] or 520-383-8401 06/18/2020

Supreme Court rules Trump cannot end DACA in big win for ‘Dreamer’ legal immigrants The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration cannot carry out its plan to shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has allowed nearly 800,000 young people, known as "Dreamers," to avoid deportation and remain in the U.S. 06/16/2020

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The Elephant in the Room

“What #WhiteSupremacy? Give me an example?”


h/t Robin DiAngelo


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