The largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the country, 2019 SACNAS is a 3-day conference which serves to equip, empower, and energize participants for their academic and professional paths in STEM. Over the course of the three days, college-level through professional attendees are immersed in cutting-edge scientific research and professional development sessions, motivational keynote speakers, a Graduate School & Career Expo Hall, multicultural celebrations, and an inclusive and welcoming community of peers, mentors, and role models. At 2019 SACNAS, you can shape your own STEM story inspired by your ancestors, mentors, and peers –nourished by diversity and fueled by passion for discovery.
By The Numbers
SACNAS is honored to bring the National Diversity in STEM Conference to Honolulu, Hawaii–America’s most ethnically diverse state. With deep ocean waters, active volcanoes, and incredibly diverse microclimates and environments, the islands are a wellspring of STEM research, opportunity, and a living legacy to indigenous knowledge.
About the Artwork
The piece, titled after a traditional Hawaiian proverb meaning “A heavenly nature; an earthly nature” depicts Haumea, Hawaiian Earth Mother and Creation Goddess (ancestor to all indigenous Hawaiians) and modeled after Native Hawaiian scientist and SACNAS member Narrissa Spies. In her hands, she carries the Makalai tree, a tree of life. Behind Haumea is an active volcano (representing creation), verdant green mountains, and the Scorpio and Pleiades constellations (representing the ancestors). Below her, swims a red fish (representing nourishment), an iwa bird (representing travel and clear direction), and colorful hibiscus flowers (representing the diversity and beauty of Hawaiian people and native flora). As a whole, the artwork depicts the creation story — a tale of who we are and how we got here.
By highlighting our unique identities through characters like The Scholar and The Trailblazer, this year’s conference celebrates how identity is a powerful asset for shaping both your personal creation story, and building a more inclusive and welcoming world around you.
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