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Powerful Turnout at CHCI Event Honoring Cesar Chavez

February 5, 2014

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On February 4, CHCI and the United Farm Workers of America, hosted the Film and Discussion on the Life and Work of Cesar Chavez at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. Co-hosted by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, the event gathered over 250 guests, eager to preview the new Cesar Chavez film. Read more 

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The Chair’s Reception and Discussion on the Life and Work of Cesar Chavez was made possible by: Baxter Healthcare, The Coca-Cola Company, ExxonMobil Corporation, Mary Kay Inc., MassMutual Financial Group, and NAMAD.

Are You a High School Student? Apply to R2L NextGen before April 30!

February 5, 2014

From now through Wednesday, April 30, high school students from specific cities can apply to CHCI’s 2014 R2L NextGen Program. This exciting civic engagement and leadership program brings 40 students from across the country to Washington, D.C. during the week of July 27- August 1, 2014. Students will gain expansive knowledge about our democratic process, engage with Latino community leaders, and explore the nation’s capital. Read more

Juan Daniel Ramos - February 2014 Jr. Alumni of the Month

January 31, 2014

Student: Juan Daniel Ramos
CHCI Program: 2012 R2L NextGen
School: McArthur High School
Status: High School Senior
Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Since graduating from CHCI’s 2012 R2L NextGen program, junior alumni Juan Daniel Ramos, a senior at McArthur High School in Irving, Texas, has soared to new heights. “After the program I returned to Dallas more motivated and empowered than ever before,” says Juan Daniel. He credits CHCI for helping him build the self-confidence he needed take his academics, personal enrichment and community service activities to the next level. Read more

CHCI Congratulates Maria Contreras-Sweet on Nomination to Lead the U.S. Small Business Administration

January 16, 2014

CHCI is proud to congratulate former board member and longtime supporter, Maria Contreras-Sweet, on her recent nomination by President Barack Obama to lead the U.S. Small Business Administration.

“CHCI is thrilled to see Maria Contreras-Sweet as a nominee for such an important position for our nation,” said Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO. “With the growing U.S. Latino community playing an active role in the country’s economic future, it’s crucial to have smart and capable Latinas such as Maria at the forefront of small business development.”


CHCI Welcomes Anne Marie Estevez as its new General Counsel

January 9, 2014

CHCI is proud to welcome Anne Marie Estevez from Morgan Lewis, as its new CHCI General Counsel. Ms. Estevez brings years of experience to the table and has been named one of the leading U.S. lawyers for employment law by Chambers USA from 2006 through 2013, based on the views of clients, peers, and other industry professionals. We are very grateful for the outstanding support that Morgan Lewis has provided us throughout the years and to our former General Counsel, Derek León. Read more

Efren Ramirez, Jr. - January 2014 Junior Alumni of the Month

January 7, 2014

Student: Efren Ramirez, Jr.
CHCI Program: 2012 R2L NextGen
School: Albert G. Lane College Preparatory Technical High School
Grade: Senior
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Since graduating from the CHCI R2L NextGen program in 2012, Efren Ramirez, Jr. has applied the leadership skills that he has gained to make his community a better place for all, beginning with his education. After graduating from high school later this spring, Efren will be the first in his family to pursue a college education. Efren was selected to be a prestigious POSSE Scholar and will join a cohort of other Chicago area students at St. Olaf College in Minnesota on a full scholarship. He is committed to applying more of the same effort in college that he did while in high school. Currently, this senior at Albert G. Lane College Preparatory Technical High School takes a lot of pride in his academic achievements. He currently holds a 4.2 grade point average and has taken rigorous courses to help fuel his mind. Read more

CHCI’s Ready to Lead Returns to Los Angeles for a Star-Studded Event

January 7, 2014

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More than 150 Los Angeles area students and mentors took part in CHCI’s Ready to Lead Los Angeles on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at Rio Hondo College. Actors Wilmer Valderrama (the official spokesperson for R2L) and Gina Rodriguez, and former Labor Secretary Hilda Solismade special appearances throughout the day encouraging students to take advantage of the information and connections they would receive during the course of the day. Students also took part in workshops on college planning, financial literacy, and leadership development. Read more

CHCI’s Ready to Lead Los Angeles was made possible by the generous support of Box Tops for Education, State Farm, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Rio Hondo College.

CHCI Latino Leadership Networking Reception in Los Angeles

January 7, 2014

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On December 13, CHCI and the CHCI Alumni Association, together with Teach For America, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda and National Association for Latino Elected Officials, hosted a reception in Los Angeles with Latino area professionals and leaders at downtown’s LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes to promote the Presidential Appointments Initiative and to encourage CHCI Alumni to apply for leadership roles. CHCI President and CEO Esther Aguilera opened the evening with a warm welcome. Read more

The CHCI Latino Leadership Networking Reception was made possible with the support of Azteca América, Teach for AmericaNational Hispanic Leadership Agenda, and National Association for Latino Elected Officials.


CHCI Chair's Reception & Historic Immigration Forum

January 6, 2014

Become a supporter of the CHCI Chair's Reception & Historic Immigration Forum with CHCI Chair, Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, and be a part of an historic immigration discussion framed by the exclusive preview of the powerful docu-film biography of legendary civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez. This is an exclusive event so please contact Gretchen Class at gclass@chci.org or (202) 548-5865 for more information on how to become a sponsor. All proceeds from CHCI events benefit our award-winning and nationally acclaimed programs, which provide unmatched career and leadership development opportunities to young, talented Latinos. Read more


CHCI Open House

January 6, 2014

Please join us on January 27, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. for the CHCI Open House and take a tour of our new Interim Headquarters at 300 M Street, SE, Washington, D.C. We look forward to sharing this special moment with all of our stakeholders as we embark on Building Our Future, Together. We would like to give special thanks to our staff for their hard work and our friends at Dell for their generous contribution of temporary office space while we make this historic transition! Read more

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