The Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) strongly opposes the federal government shutdown.
On October 2 in San Antonio, Texas, we open our annual national scientific conference, with almost 2,000 undergraduate, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers and an additional 2,000 student mentors and representatives of colleges and universities, from almost every racial and ethnic group in the United States, including some of the most underserved and underrepresented populations in the sciences. The inability of government employees to share their critical information with our students is a great loss.
SACNAS students will not learn about opportunities to carry out research in our national laboratories, at the National Institutes of Health, at the National Science Foundation, and elsewhere. They will not hear about essential fellowships for their education and jobs to serve our country. As citizens of the United States and members of groups who have served our country in numbers significantly greater than their proportions, our students want and deserve to learn about opportunities to participate in activities that support the health, welfare, and future of the United States.
While representatives in Congress are elected by districts, in fact, in times like these, they represent us all. We ask that the future scientists, engineers and mathematicians, who are journeying to our San Antonio conference, be given the opportunity, as citizens and future leaders of our country, to meet and hear from our government employees—scientists, researchers, and administrators, and that Congress come to a speedy and responsible solution to this impasse.
SACNAS serves our country by addressing long-term challenges to workforce, participation, innovation, and excellence in science, engineering, mathematics and allied fields. Furthering the SACNAS mission (fostering the success of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science) requires full participation by each member of our alliance in these efforts. Government representatives from countless agencies and institutes are key partners in this effort.
Signed by SACNAS Board of Directors:
Maggie Werner-Washburne, PhD, President; Ernest Marquez, PhD, Past-President; Lee Bitsoi, PhD, Secretary; Luis Echegoyen, PhD; Brandon Gaytan, MS; Luis Gonzalez, PhD; John Herrington, MS; Charla Lambert, PhD; Jose Vargas-Muniz, BS; Gabriel Montano, PhD; Greg Villareal, PhD; Talithia Williams, PhD.