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July 5, 2013
CHCI is gearing up for our 2013 R2L NextGen program, taking place July 14-19, 2013. With the support of our founding sponsor, State Farm Insurance, as well as Southwest Airlines, the Official Airline Sponsor of the 2013 Leadership Development Programs, R2L NextGen will bring 40 high school students from nine cities across the United States to D.C. for a week long civic engagement and leadership program.
The program, formerly known as High School Latino Leaders in D.C., has served 60 students since 2011. These 60 young leaders have the distinction of being recognized as junior members of the CHCI Alumni Association. CHCI has continued to connect with these young leaders as they progress through high school and into college. To see where these talented young people will be studying next year, click here.
July 3, 2013
July 1, 2013
Despite the threat of inclement weather, interns from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) and CHCI came together for the 2013 Tri-Caucus Welcome Reception. The event served as a fantastic introduction to life on Capitol Hill, giving the interns a chance to break the ice and learn the valuable skill of networking.
The interns also had the opportunity to listen to the inspiring words of several caucus leaders, including CHCI Chair Rubén Hinojosa, Reps. Mike Honda, Maxine Waters, Al Green, and Danny Davis. CHCI and its sister organizations take great pride in developing the next generation of leaders. The Tri-Caucus Reception highlights the hard work put forth by our interns, while celebrating the rich diversity and outstanding potential of our respective communities.
June 27, 2013
Citizenship for DREAM Students Critical to U.S. Future
CHCI today applauded the passage of Senate Bill 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S.744). The bill provides a road to citizenship for approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants and overhauls the family immigration system, and most importantly to CHCI, addresses the status of millions of DREAM students in America.
“The strength of our great nation will depend on the success of the Latino community,” stated CHCI Board Chairman and Congressman Rubén Hinojosa. “It will be a great day when the millions of DREAM students can stand up and realize that the American dream is no longer just beyond their reach, but a fully attainable goal.” More...
June 27, 2013
Chancellor of UT-System and Renowned Surgeon to Receive CHCI Chair’s Award
CHCI and its Chair Rep. Rubén Hinojosa today announced that Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa will be awarded one of its highest honors—The Chair’s Award—in recognition of his accomplishments, leadership, and outstanding service to the Latino community at CHCI’s 36th Annual Awards Gala on October 2, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The event is the largest gathering of Latino leaders in the country and is part of CHCI’s Hispanic Heritage Month events.
“I am incredibly honored to receive this award from such a prestigious group that works to promote access and opportunity,” Dr. Cigarroa said. “CHCI’s mission is incredibly important and perfectly aligned with what we at The University of Texas System are working toward. As both a physician and educator, I truly believe that education saves lives. We are working to save and improve lives by creating pathways to higher education.” More...
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.