Largest Diversity in STEM Event to Take Place at Convention Center in October

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Thousands of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists will gather at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center for the largest multicultural and multidisciplinary diversity in STEM event in the U.S. on October 13-15, according to a release.

Hosted by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), almost 4,000 students, science professionals of color and their allies will attend the three-day event, touted as “a training ground for the next generation of diverse STEM professionals.”

“To maintain a globally competitive STEM workforce, we need to achieve true diversity in STEM,” said SACNAS Executive Director Dr. Antonia O. Franco in a statement. “The sheer number of attendees proves that not only does STEM diversity matter, it is possible.”

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During the convention, SACNAS aims to offer first generation college students of color cutting-edge science, mentoring, networking, and professional development they need to strengthen their networks, and develop the tools that many already have, according to the release.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.
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