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The Valley of the Sun Plays Host to CHCI’s First R2L Event of the Year
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CHCI hosted its first Ready to Lead (R2L) event of the year in Phoenix, Arizona. Over 150 students, representing nineteen area high schools, gathered at the South Mountain Community College (SMCC) campus on Saturday, February 9, 2013 to learn all about the college planning process. SMCC President, Dr. Shari Olson, welcomed participants to the campus and reassured them that a college education can be achieved despite the many obstacles faced by first-generation students. More...

CHCI-Telemundo Scholar Intern Shares Her Story

Name: Rosswill Lyons
School: Ithaca College
Major: TV/Radio with a Concentration in International Communications
Minor: Spanish
Year: Junior

Thanks to my CHCI Scholarship/Internship, I am currently interning at Telemundo New York where I'm learning about the basics of television production among other skills. I work as a production assistant for the program “Acceso Total” where I specialize in engaging the guests on the show. One of my major responsibilities is to research content for the program and coordinate interviews in Spanish with distinguished guests. Occasionally, I assist with legal documentation and the procurement of music licenses. I also update on a daily basis the program’s “Acceso Total” Facebook page. Sometimes, I even go out with reporters and accompany them during on-scene broadcasts. More...

Are you a High School Student? Apply Now for the High School Latino Leaders in D.C. Program

CHCI is excited to announce the launch of the 2013 High School Latino Leaders in D.C. (HSLLDC) program. From now through Monday, April 8, high school leaders from Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, San Antonio, Phoenix or Washington, D.C. can submit their applications to this wonderful and exciting summer program. 

Selected participants will travel to Washington, D.C. during the week of July 14-19, 2013, to gain expansive knowledge about our democratic process, engage with Latino community leaders, and explore the nation’s capital. HSLLDC is FREE for participants and is made possible through the generous support of founding sponsor State Farm Insurance, Southwest Airlines (the Official Airline Sponsor of CHCI's 2013 Leadership Development Programs), and regional supporters. More...


Don’t See Your City Listed?
We’d love to bring high school students from your community to D.C., but we need your help to fund this important program.  Since the HSLLDC program is made possible at no cost to our student participants, applicants are only sought from regions where CHCI has dedicated financial support.

If you are interested in having individuals from your community participate in this program, please contact Lori Crowe at We are willing to work collaboratively to identify partners, businesses, or foundations in your local community that may be interested in sponsoring future Latino leaders.


CHCI Hosts its First Chair's Dinner of 2013
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Last week, CHCI celebrated its first Chair’s Dinner of the year, welcoming Congressman and CHCI Chair, Rubén Hinojosa. More than 7o friends and supporters - including 16 board and advisory members as well as six CHCI alumni - enjoyed an intimate yet vibrant evening, getting to know some of the new faces that comprise the newly elected CHCI Board and Advisory Council. In addition, CHCI was honored to welcome several special guests, including eight Members of Congress and the former Secretary of Labor, the Honorable Hilda Solis. Follow the link above to view the pictures of this outstanding evening.  

The CHCI Chair’s Dinner was made possible by: Border Health PAC, ExxonMobil Corporation, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, Lone Star National Bank, Marathon Oil, Molina Healthcare, Mission EDC, and Renaissance Medical Imaging.

17th Annual CHCI Fiesta de Golf Scholarship Challenge

Each spring, golfers of all skill levels from across the nation join CHCI for its annual Fiesta de Golf Scholarship Challenge held at Andrews Air Force Base’s prestigious courses located in the Washington, D.C. area. The Fiesta de Golf Scholarship Challenge, now celebrating its 17th year, provides an opportunity for community and industry leaders to network and have fun while raising money to support CHCI's mission to Develop the Next Generation of Latino Leaders®More...

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2013 Hispanic Heritage Month Events

Washington D.C. is indeed the place to be in 2013 to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Mark your calendars and plan to attend CHCI’s landmark events!  Registration opens on April 1.

Monday, September 30 - Tuesday, October 1
CHCI Public Policy Conference
Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Wednesday, October 2
CHCI 36th Annual Awards Gala
Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Partner Events:

Wednesday, October 2
The NALEO Educational Fund’s 9th Annual National Summit on the State of Latino Education (Invite Only)
The Westin Georgetown
Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, October 1
Celebración de Excelencia
Capitol Hill

Wednesday, October 2
Excelencia:Accelerating Latino Student Success (ALASS) Workshop
8:00 am-4:00 pm
The Liaison Hotel

Wednesday, October 2
The NALEO Educational Fund’s 9th Annual National Summit on the State of Latino Education (Invite Only)
The Westin Georgetown
Washington, D.C.

For sponsorship options, please contact CHCI's Development department at or by calling 202-548-5865

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 27
Regional Celebration of Latino Leadership – South Texas
Special Honoree: CHCI Chair Rep. Rubén Hinojosa
Edinburg, Texas

About CHCI

In 1978, a small group of Hispanic Members of Congress established CHCI with the vision of bringing the promise of the American Dream to the next generation of Latinos. CHCI was founded on three cornerstones for success: education attainment and college access, leadership development, and access to a powerful network of Latino leaders.

Today, CHCI is the nation’s premier Hispanic nonprofit and nonpartisan 501 (c)(3) leadership organization that develops the next generation of Latino leaders by building upon those same three cornerstones. 

For 36 years, CHCI has empowered strong, effective, and committed Latino leaders who are actively changing the economic and public policy landscape in the United States. In 2013 we honor this legacy as we celebrate Our Time: A Strong America.

Learn how you can support one of CHCI's programs, such as:

  Ready to Lead, High School Latino Leaders in D.C., Scholarships, Internships, and Fellowships.

Please contact CHCI's Development department at or by calling 202-548-5865 

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