October 30, 2013
For the first time in CHCI history, five Senators from the Gang of Eight and five Representatives from the House Working Group came together for one of the most powerful sessions of the CHCI Public Policy Conference, the Immigration Plenary. The first part of the event was moderated by Senator Robert Menendez, and featured a historic bipartisan conversation about immigration reform between Senators Michael Bennet, Richard Durbin, John McCain, and Chuck Schumer. Read more
The CHCI Immigration Plenary was made possible by the generous support of Service Employee International Union (SEIU).
October 24, 2013
On October 2, CHCI concluded its Hispanic Heritage Month Events with the 2013 Gala Entertainment Finale, featuring an exceptional performance by the two-time Grammy Award and three-time Latin Grammy-winning Merengue and Latin Pop legend Olga Tañón. Relive the magic of the evening and dance to the enchanting Caribbean rhythms. Read more
October 24, 2013
On October 1, CHCI brought together the Freshman class of Latino representatives to share their powerful stories—their journeys, their challenges, their goals, and their experience so far in their new roles. This inspiring discussion was led by CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin and featured opening remarks by special guests Rep. Steny Hoyer, House Democratic Whip; Alex Padilla, California State Senator and President of NALEO; and Hon. Jessie Ulibarri, Colorado State Senator. Read more
October 22, 2013
Grant supports Congressional Internship Program and Graduate Law Fellowship
CHCI formally announced today that it has received a $600,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to support its Semester Congressional Internship Program and its Graduate Fellowship Program. Specifically, Ford Foundation’s support will allow CHCI to double the number of Congressional Internships during the Spring and Fall Semesters over the next two years and will also fund a Graduate Law Fellow in the 2014-2015 CHCI Fellowship class. More...
October 18, 2013
CHCI strategic media partner, HITN, is airing an hour-long CHCI Special this Sunday, October 20, at 9pm EST, called "Nuestro Tiempo...Hacia una América Sólida." The show will highlight the crucial role that Latinos play in the growth and development of the country. The special program is a compilation of the most outstanding and important moments of the 2013 Public Policy Conference, and will be hosted by renowned journalist, Gerson Borrero. Read More
October 8, 2013
Foundation Awards More than $560,000 Since 2009
NEW YORK, October 8, 2013 – CHCI announced today a three year, $240,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation to support the CHCI’s award-winning Public Policy Fellowship Program. The program offers up to 20 recent college graduates of Hispanic descent from across the country the opportunity to complete a nine month paid fellowship and gain real world work experience at the national level in the public policy area of their choice. Fellows can work in international affairs, economic development, education policy, housing, or local government in Washington, D.C.
“Without the New York Life Foundation’s support, deserving Latino students would not have been able to afford the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of spending nine months in Washington, D.C., the center of the world for public policy,” said Esther Aguilera, CHCI president and CEO. “The Fellows are exposed to a well-rounded curriculum that makes an indelible impression on their future careers.” More...
October 7, 2013
CHCI announced today that five of the nation’s leading companies have made very significant gifts in order to further its mission of educating and training the next generation of Latino leaders.
These “cornerstone” donations, from national and international titans Anheuser-Busch, Bank of America, Dell, PepsiCo, and Toyota, will support CHCI’s award-winning programs for thousands of high school, college and post-graduate students nationwide, furthering the organization’s mission of increasing Hispanic representation in leadership and highly-skilled professional roles in Washington, D.C., and across the country. Read More
October 7, 2013
CHCI continues its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a new episode of the “CHCI Summer Intern Diaries.” Earlier this summer, four lucky CHCI interns from across the country were selected to capture their CHCI experience on-camera during the eight-week Congressional Internship Program in Washington, D.C.See what is like to be a CHCI Intern and apply now for the 2014 Spring Congressional Internship Program. Click here for more information and to begin your application! The deadline is Friday, November 8, 2013. Read More
October 3, 2013
By David Montgomery
A hazard of the red-carpet stroll in Washington during a political crisis is that the reporters’ questions go straight from make of dress to who’s to blame. Faced with such a prospect Wednesday evening at the Washington Convention Center, actress Salma Hayek considered her words carefully. “Every time you come to D.C., it’s intense,” she said with sweet, lightly accented diplomacy before a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute gala. “If you come during a government shutdown, it’s a little more intense.” Read more
September 12, 2013
CHCI Chair Rep. Rubén Hinojosa announced today that President Barack Obama, joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, will address the largest Latino gala in the country at CHCI's 36th Annual Awards Gala on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This marks five of the past six years President Obama has addressed the CHCI Gala, going back to when he was a presidential candidate in 2008.
“CHCI is very proud to welcome President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to our 36th Annual Awards Gala on October 2nd,” said Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, CHCI Chair. “His attendance reflects a strong commitment to the Latino community and to the future leaders that CHCI works so hard to develop each year. My colleagues in Congress and I look forward to working with the President to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year and continue our efforts to greatly improve the quality of life of Hispanics and all Americans.” More...