The Society of Native American Graduate Students (SNAGS) U of U was founded in 2011 to support the Native American graduate and professional students of the University of Utah. Based upon the following principles: support, validation, network, and community, this organization is dedicated to improving the status of students of Native American descent in higher education by systematically identifying and addressing their needs and concerns. The Society of Native American Graduate Students's objectives are to provide academic and professional resources that will enhance the academic and career success of current graduate and professional students; to recognize the accomplishments of our members and their academic achievement; to support and organize activities to foster the development of a network, service, and academic excellence for the Native American graduate student community; to assist in the retention and recruitment of Native American students and to develop aspiring academicians and practitioners;
With no restriction, SNAGS is for current students and alumni of the University of Utah. Membership shall not be denied to any University of Utah graduate student on the basis of race, creed, religion, gender, political affiliation, physical disability, sexual orientation, or age. Current students retain membership status, as long as they are enrolled in a graduate or professional program on a part-time or full-time basis and maintain a GPA of 3.0, who are participating in a post-doctoral program, or who are residents in the medical school. Alumni retain membership status by actively participating in the association’s events. For these purposes, actively participating means attending at least one (1) SNAGS event per academic semester. The SNAGS’s activities and resources are open to all Native American graduate and professional students; however other underrepresented populations are welcome.