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.
April 1, 2013
CHCI hosted its Regional Celebration of Latino Leadership at a reception in Edinburg, Texas on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. The event showcased our strong Latino leadership in South Texas and helped increase support of our vital programs. The contributions raised during this event will be invested to benefit local students and help advance our mission of developing the Next Generation of Latino Leaders®. Read More
The CHCI Texas Regional Celebration of Latino Leaders was made possible by: Border Health PAC, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, Lone Star National Bank, ExxonMobil Corporation, Marathon Oil, Molina Healthcare, Mission EDC, City of Mission, City of Pharr, and Renaissance Medical Imaging.
April 1, 2013
Over 370 Latino professionals and college students supported the Mentoring Power Hour sessions at Ready to Lead (R2L) events all across the country during 2012. CHCI is currently seeking individuals interested in helping to develop the Next Generation of Latino Leaders by serving as mentors at its upcoming R2L college-going events in Dallas, TX and Miami, FL. One hour of your time can have a significant impact in the lives of Latino high school students as they prepare to pursue a higher education. We hope that we can count on you to invest a small amount of your time and energy to help us accomplish our mission to educate, motivate, and empower Latino youth. Read more...
“THE MENTORING POWER HOUR REALLY OPENED MY EYES
March 29, 2013
On March 14, the CHCI 2012-13 Fellows and 2013 Spring Interns got a behind-the-scenes look at the world of broadcast television at the longest-running political television series in American broadcasting history, Meet the Press, with host David Gregory. Our fellows and interns enjoyed exclusive access to the NBC studios in Washington, D.C. where they viewed the crew prep the stage for broadcast, give instructions to the live audience, and provide the host with the crucial last minute support needed to moderate the approaching debate. Read More
March 28, 2013
During the Summit Series, each fellow organizes and moderates a public policy roundtable discussion on insightful and timely issues affecting the Latino community and the nation. CHCI Fellows select a topic from their specific areas of focus—education, health, housing, law, or STEM. These discussions are held on Capitol Hill, where members of Congress, Congressional staffers, public policy experts, national leaders and other changemakers are invited to attend.
March 8, 2013
CHCI is proud to announce its partnership with Lean In, a non-profit organization committed to offering women the encouragement and support to achieve their goals. CHCI joins Black Filmmakers Foundation, Catalyst, Estee Lauder, Lionsgate Films, and Teach for America as official launch partners with Lean In because it believes that cultivating more balanced teams and more female leaders is better for its organization and for the nation, and because it wants all of our Latinas to reach their full potential.
“CHCI’s development of the next generation of Latino leaders includes the empowerment of young Latinas who will be the future leaders of our nation, our communities and our families,” said Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO. “We are proud to Lean In and join this tremendous effort to showcase and foster the leadership of women. These type of efforts are even more crucial to young Latinas who do not have the support network, mentors, or tools to help them navigate the challenges of the complex workplace. We thank Lean In for focusing on this issue and the diversity of our current and future workforce.” Read More