Kelly MurguiaKansas City, KS
July 20, 2009
As a young Latino, interning in Washington, D.C., how do you feel watching the confirmation hearing for the first possible Hispanic on the United States Supreme Court?
I feel blessed, honored and proud to be working on Capitol Hill during such an exciting time. History is being made right before my very own eyes and I am truly appreciative of the experiences and opportunities I have had thus far.
The weekend before the Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings, I traveled to New York with my family. During our visit, we witnessed the architectural and symbolic greatness of the Statue of Liberty. I was reminded of our nation's struggles of the past and promises of the future. It was such a surreal experience waking up early the next day to anxiously wait in line for the golden ticket to sit in on the hearings for the 1st Hispanic US Justice nominee. What an experience!
I hope she will be seen and judged in the light of truth and justice as promised by our country.
July 10, 2009
I am ready and willing to assume my right and responsibility to raise awareness on this pertinent matter. There is no reason for those who reside in America not to be counted nor remain in the dark whether it is by happenstance or choice.
It impacts the Latino community because it is one way we present ourselves numerically throughout the years, and receive adequate and necessary resources in our local communities. People will notice, but many will not come to terms with the truth numerical data and remain with their eyes shut. It is no longer a black and white issue, but rather an array of shades that seem to fuse together.
June 30, 2009
What has been the most challenging moment during your first three weeks of the internship?
If you asked five weeks ago if I were living, a "Yes, absolutely!" would have quickly followed. After sharing meaningful conversations with others, challenging both myself and my work, and realizing that you cannot please everyone, has been a wake up call. "Good morning, D.C.!" I have never felt more "alive."
What has been the coolest moment during the first three weeks of your internship?
I went out for a jog my first week. Nerves raced through my body, concepts clouded my mind and BAM, the Washington Monument, with a slight glimpse of the historical Mall and Lincoln Memorial. And all of a sudden it all seemed so clear; I am here for a reason.
"Good morning, Congressman Lujan's office." I never know who is going to be on the other end of that line. Constituents never cease to amaze me. Young and old, liberal and conservative, these individuals are ready to speak their mind. They inspire me to never stop learning and never stop questioning.
Time passes quickly, don't get left behind.
June 18, 2009
Please describe your first week in Washington, D.C.
As I walk the vibrant streets of D.C., my heart beats faster and faster. The unknown is present. I feel it. Excitement and fear, motivation and pressure, confidence and humility, its intrinsic nature is what I thrive off of from one day to the next.
Being in D.C. has begun to provide real perspective. There will be challenges to be faced, expectations to be met and parameters to be passed, but it is important to never let that succumb your craving for knowledge.
I am so grateful for my fellow CHCI interns, truly remarkable people with inspiring stories, determination and intelligence. It has been a learning experience engaging in discussions during and outside of orientation.
We all have our individual values, beliefs and passions; the diversity of thought is refreshing. Relationships are building and connections are forming. We are in the 'City of Change', where our experiences will be transformational.
It is tremendously important to look, listen and learn. We had the pleasure of hearing from prominent Latino Leaders as well as receiving the appropriate training skills necessary for getting us to that "change-making" level. If I conjured up all elements of an inspiring week, it would describe my first week in D.C.
I cannot wait to see what next week has in store. Watch out D.C., there are 24 exceptional visionaries in the making!