Ahna Skop participates in leadership training to increase underrepresented STEM leaders

A new generation of underrepresented minority STEM leaders were trained to serve, strengthen and unify communities at the 2017 Linton-Poodry SACNAS Leadership Institute (LPSLI), held July 17-21 in Washington, D.C.

Ahna Skop, associate professor of genetics at UW-Madison, attended as part of the mid-career cohort. The Institute, led by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and developed in partnership with the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), was an intensive course that featured small group exercises, leadership development planning, networking opportunities and extensive community building among selected participants.

The attendees were able to meet with the featured speakers: Dr. Rush Holt, CEO of AAAS, Carrie Billie, JD, (Navajo) President & CEO of American Indian Higher Education Consortium and Dr. France A. Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation.

Since 2009, the SACNAS SLI has trained a cohort of 30 PhD-level scientists each year, making it the largest cohort of emerging STEM leaders of color in the country. Alumni are now executive directors, program directors, assistant deans, department chairs, entrepreneurs, senior scientists in industry, and emerging science policy leaders.