A Helping Hand: UCSB’s Society for Advancement of Chicanos / Hispanics and Native Americans in Science is named an outstanding regional role model

November 16, 2015

The UC Santa Barbara chapter of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) has received the 2015 Outstanding Regional Network Role Model Award. This award marks the fourth in as many years bestowed upon the UCSB chapter by the national organization.

Since its inception in 2004, the chapter has been recognized as a role model for outstanding long-term sustainability (2014, 2012); governance (2013); being the most active chapter (2008); and exemplary effort to promote student success (2006).

With the goal of supporting students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) areas of study, the organization sponsors a variety of activities, including professional development events, guest speakers, community service and high school outreach programs. It was established by M. Ofelia Aguirre, director of UCSB’s Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP), and UCSB mathematics professors Kenneth Millett and Hector Ceniceros.

“Our SACNAS chapter members have created a community where the students support each other,” Aguirre said. “It’s not a competitive atmosphere at all. The goal is for everyone to be successful, and they accomplish this by learning from each other and helping each other move forward.”

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