June 7, 2013
Throughout this month and last, thousands of Latino graduates across the country have been listening to a wide range of commencement addresses on how to achieve their career goals or make a difference in the world.
But while many graduates view the end of their studies as the formal transition point from one stage of life to another, the Latino community as a whole would be better served if, instead, graduation was looked upon as but one step along an individual's path of lifelong learning, professional development and achievement.
As president and CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, an educational and leadership development non-profit, I would like to offer my own words to our Latino graduates along those lines. Read full story here.
May 28, 2013
CHCI hosted its final Ready to Lead (R2L) of the academic year at Miami Dade College, North Campus on Saturday, May 18, 2013. More than 275 students representing 23 area schools participated in the event that featured Univision’s entertainment reporter & educational spokesperson Carlos Calderón, as well as actor and official R2L spokesperson Wilmer Valderrama.
The event opened with an energetic welcome from MDC North’s Chief Information Officer, Manuel Perez, who invited participants to imagine all of the possibilities available to them as future college students. Students also had the opportunity to participate in workshop sessions focused on three key areas of the college-going process: College Planning, Financial Literacy, and Leadership Development. Read More
May 21, 2013
Actor, producer, director, philanthropist Salma Hayek Pinault and educator Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. to receive CHCI Medallion of Excellence Awards
May 20, 2013
May 10, 2013
CHCI Fellows sat down with renowned New York Times columnist David Brooks earlier this week to talk about their experiences in life and with CHCI that have put them on a pathway to success. Read this impactful story here.
May 10, 2013
CHCI congratulates the Obama administration and the Department of Education for Ceja’s well-deserved appointment
CHCI applauds U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today for the appointment of CHCI alumna Alejandra Ceja as the new executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Ceja, a former CHCI Public Policy Fellow, will lead the administration’s efforts to address disparities in education that impact the Latino community and provide policy solutions to President Obama and Secretary Duncan.
“Alejandra is a trusted advisor and leader in the Hispanic community,” Duncan said. “As director of this important initiative, Alejandra will continue her exceptional work of pursuing academic excellence and opportunities for Hispanics across the country.” Read More
May 8, 2013
Last week, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute celebrated its latest Ready to Lead event at the University of Texas at Arlington, in the Dallas region. Nearly 300 local high school students gathered in UT Arlington’s beautiful College Park Center, where they were trained in college planning, financing a college education, and leadership development.
Students received financial literacy training from representatives from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, as well as a college planning workshop presented by UT Arlington’s Office of Admissions. CHCI Alumni Jessica Gonzalez, Gypsy Gavia, and Janet Arias presented the Leadership Development workshops. Most importantly, the participants had the opportunity to hear the stories of nearly 30 mentors, who came to plant the seed of leadership in the hearts and minds of our participants. Alan Dorantes of AT&T introduced the activity, and was joined by many of his AT&T colleagues who served as mentors, along with CHCI Alumni, local college students, business leaders and more. The goal of R2L is to help Latino high school students enter postsecondary education by motivating them to complete high school, empowering them to serve and lead in their communities, and instilling a belief that a college education is achievable. Read more
April 16, 2013
WASHINGTON DC, April 16, 2013 -- Grupo Salinas, a group of dynamic, fast-growing and technologically advanced companies controlled by Founder and Chairman Ricardo Salinas Pliego, is pleased to announce a seminar with The Aspen Institute to further leadership development for Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) fellows.
This seminar, “Leadership and the Good Society”, uses the Aspen Institute’s classic approach of text-based dialogue to help CHCI fellows reflect more broadly and deeply on the timeless values that support contemporary policy discussions. The customized curriculum incorporates Latino and Latina authors and is designed to deepen and broaden participants’ learning from their CHCI fellowship experience while challenging them to think about their own leadership roles.
Throughout, the seminar highlights CHCI’s four dimensions of leadership: engagement, responsibility, coalition building, and Latino culture and history. The seminar will be held in Washington, DC, on May 2-3 and will be moderated by Dr. David Townsend, Aspen Senior Moderator and Tutor at St. John’s College, Annapolis. More...
April 2, 2013
Join more than 4,000 attendees in the nation's capital as we celebrate Our Time: A Strong America. All proceeds benefit CHCI's award-winning and nationally acclaimed programs—Ready 2 Lead, scholarships, internships, and fellowships—providing unmatched career and leadership development opportunities to young, talented Latinos. Register Now!
April 2, 2013
Students from specific counties within Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Washington, D.C. have one more week to apply to CHCI’s High School Latino Leaders in D.C. program, the only national civic engagement and leadership training for Hispanic youth. Applications are due Monday, April 8 at 11:59 am EST and can be completed at apply.chci.org.