CHCI eNews June 2009

Congressional Interns
Arrive in D.C.

White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
Headlines Orientation Week

In This Edition:

Congressional Interns Orientation Week Recap

The Congressional Internship Program (CIP) kicked off earlier this month with an orientation schedule full of speakers and activities to help integrate the interns into the CHCI and Washington, D.C. community.  The twenty-four interns arrived eager to learn and wasted no time getting down to business.

The orientation week began with a visit by White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Cecilia Munoz.  She spoke candidly about her experiences in D.C. and encouraged the group to learn all they can while in the city.

A panel discussion on the 2010 Census brought the interns up to speed on the importance of Latinos being counted and laid the groundwork for their upcoming community service project on the issue in July.

As a brief introduction into policy, the interns learned about Latinos in green jobs, workforce development, and comprehensive immigration reform.  CHCI alumni working in Congress also stopped by to provide some tips on being successful on Capitol Hill.

The Congressional Interns began working at their placements in Congress on June 15.

The Congressional Internship Program is supported by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Southwest Airlines, the official airline of the Congressional Internship Program, Comcast, PepsiCo Foundation, and Toyota Motor North America.  For more information on CHCI's Congressional Internship Program, click here.

CHCI, Southwest Airlines Expand Partnership

CHCI is proud to announce Southwest Airlines as the official airline of the Congressional Internship Program and Graduate & Young Professional Fellowship Program.  Southwest already serves as the official airline of the Public Policy Fellowship Program.

With the expanded agreement, Southwest Airlines now provides travel to and from Washington, D.C., for all CHCI program participants.

"CHCI is thrilled to expand its partnership with Southwest Airlines," said Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO.  "Southwest's support demonstrates its ongoing commitment to providing opportunities for Latino youth to gain valuable work experience and start their careers in Washington, D.C."

CIP Interns Blog About Their Experiences

For the first time ever, CHCI is hosting the Congressional Internship Summer Blog contest. Interns have the opportunity to respond to four questions posed by CHCI that draws from their experiences in Washington. The responses are posted on CHCI's Web site for all to see and readers can vote for a blog entry by clicking on the "Like" option.

The goal of this initiative is to highlight the CHCI internship experience, providing a glimpse of the participants thoughts, interactions and activities.  The winners will receive round trip airline tickets from Southwest Airlines, the official airline of the Congressional Internship Program.

To vote for your favorite entry, click here.

Tri-Caucus Welcome Reception Proves Big Hit for Participants

The Congressional Atrium of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center was full on the evening of June 10 as executives, staff and interns from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), and the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) met at the 2009 Tri-Caucus Welcome Reception.

Pictured Above (l-r): CHCI Board members Alejandra Ceja, Alumni Association President; Ben Romero, Lockheed Martin; Leo Diaz, UPS; Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO; Susan Santana, AT&T; Dean Aguillen, Ogilvy Government Relations; and Cris Turner, Dell, join CHCI's 2009 Congressional Internship class.

The reception was held to provide interns from CHCI, CBCF, and APAICS an opportunity to meet each other, network, and hear from the leadership of the different organizations. CHCI President & CEO Esther Aguilera gave opening remarks and introduced CBCF President & CEO Dr. Elsie Scott and APAICS Interim Executive Director Ruby Moy.  Congressman Mike Honda (CA-15) delivered a passionate speech about service and the pride he felt for each of the interns present.

To view the photo gallery fom the Tri-Caucus Reception, click here.

Hon. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Wilmer Valderrama Headline Miami Ready to Lead

CHCI's Ready to Lead (R2L) program traveled to Miami on Saturday, June 6, 2009, where students from the local area met at Miami Dade College to learn about preparing for college.

The event was hosted by Dr. Jose Vicente, President Miami Dade College. "Miami Dade College (MDC), North Campus is very pleased to serve as the host site for this important endeavor. MDC is the institution graduating the highest number of Hispanics in the nation, and continues to work diligently in facilitating the transition of high school graduates to college," he said.

Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18) and Ready to Lead spokesperson, actor and role model Wilmer Valderrama provided luncheon remarks.

"I was honored to take part in CHCI's Ready to Lead High School Program because it is vital to get our high school students prepared for college.  I commend CHCI for its many wonderful initiatives and I look forward to continue working with them toward helping students achieve ever loftier goals," said Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen.

Valderrama was recently announced as the official spokesperson for R2L in Los Angeles on May 23, 2009.

The CHCI Miami Alumni Chapter also took part, conducting an alumni panel and presenting several workshops.  The Ready to Lead (R2L) program is made possible with the support of lead sponsor USA Funds, State Farm and Univision.

To learn more information about R2L and the partnership with Wilmer Valderrama, click here.   To view photos from Ready to Lead Miami, click here.

CHCI Featured in Latino Magazine

CHCI Chair Nydia Velazquez (NY-12) is featured in the recent edition of Latino Magazine, where she talks about taking the helm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and her efforts as chair of the Small Business Committee.

CHCI President & CEO Esther Aguilera's editorial on the organization's new Towards 2030 Strategy is also featured, where she discusses the importance of developing a strong Latino workforce to carry our nation into the future.

June 17, 2009

The Interns are Blogging!!
Click here to read and vote for your favorite entries.

Hispanic Heritage Month Registration Now Available Online

CHCI Alumnus of the Month - July 2009

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CHCI 2009 Calendar

July 11
Ready to Lead (R2L)
University of Texas at San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

September 14-15
CHCI Public Policy Conference
Washington, DC Convention Center

September 15
Reyes of Comedy
Warner Theatre
Washington, DC

September 16
32nd Annual Awards Gala
Washington, DC Convention Center


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