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International Latin Music Sensation Olga Tañón to Heat Up CHCI's 36th Annual Awards Gala

CHCI announced the performance of five time Grammy Award® and Latin Grammy®-winning international superstar Olga Tañón at its 36th Annual Awards Gala on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.  Read More

The 2013 Gala Entertainment Finale is brought to you by the generous support of Toyota and Anheuser-Busch.


Sebastien De La Cruz and UTPA Mariachi Aztlán to Perform at CHCI’s 36th Annual Awards Gala

CHCI is honored to have 11 year-old Sebastien De La Cruz – the “golden cowboy” and award-winning University of Texas-Pan American’s (UTPA) Mariachi Aztlán perform during this year’s 36th Annual Awards Gala, on October 2 in Washington, D.C. Young Sebastien first captivated our hearts in 2012 with his appearance on the highly televised show "America's Got Talent", then again when he made national headlines after singing the National Anthem at games three and four of the NBA Finals. This year, he will be singing the U.S. National Anthem to our Gala guests. Following the anthem, audiences will be treated to the sonorous melodies of award-winning UTPA Mariachi Aztlán. Since 1989, the UTPA mariachi program has promoted Mexican folk music and culture. Its growing reputation as one of the country’s top non-professional groups granted them the opportunity to perform for President Barack Obama in 2010. Read more

Look Who's Coming to CHCI's HHM Events
Look Who's Coming to CHCI's HHM Events 

Join the two Cabinet Members, five Senators, and 26 Members of Congress, attending this year’s CHCI Public Policy Conference. Don’t miss this remarkable opportunity to join the discussion and interact with national leaders, elected officials, corporate executives, community activists, educators, entertainers, and media personalities. Read More


Hilarity Will Ensue During CHCI’s 13th Annual Reyes of Comedy

Laugh until it hurts with the most outrageous line-up of Latino comics ever to take center stage during CHCI’s 13th Annual Reyes of Comedy. Join Anjelah Johnson-ReyesCristela AlonzoShaun Latham and host Erik Rivera on Tuesday, October 1, at the Walter E. Convention Center, as they provide an evening of exceptional entertainment for a great cause. Also joining them will be Rep. José Serrano and the brainchild of this comedic event, the Hon. Silvestre ReyesRead More

The 13th Annual Reyes of Comedy is made possible by NUVOtv and the Laborers’ International Union of North America.

Join the CHCI Alumni Association in Celebrating its Quinceañera

This year, the CHCI Alumni Association (CHCI-AA) celebrates its 15th anniversary – its “Quinceañera, boasting over 2,700 members and eight regional chapters. So, there is no better way to highlight such an important milestone than to honor its founding members with the coveted Distinguished Alumnus Award, for their continued pledge to Develop the Next Generation of Latino Leaders® through civic engagement and giving back to CHCI. Read More

CHCI Welcomes the Largest Cadre of Fall Students for Award-Winning Leadership Programs

CHCI welcomed the arrival of eleven Public Policy Fellows (PPF), eight Graduate Fellows (GFP), and 24 Fall Congressional Interns (CIP), making this the largest group of fall program participants in the history of the organization. Specifically, this will be the largest-ever class of Fall interns, thanks to a new grant from the Ford Foundation. In total, 43 college students and recent graduates from 19 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico are taking part in the nationally recognized and award-winning leadership programs focused on developing the next generation of Latino leaders. Read More

CHCI’s Fall Congressional Internship Program is supported by the Ford Foundation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and UPS. The CHCI Graduate Fellowship Program and the CHCI Public Policy Fellowship Program are made possible by: AARP, AFL-CIO, Altria Group Inc., Amgen, API, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, BP Foundation, Cargill, The Coca Cola Foundation, Fundación Azteca America, Google, MillerCoors, New York Life Foundation, PepsiCo Foundation, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and Shell.  Southwest Airlines is the official airline of CHCI’s Leadership Development Programs.

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Upcoming Events

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

Tuesday, October 1
CHCI Board of Directors Meeting
Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Celebración de Excelencia
Capitol Hill
Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Accelerating Latino Student Success (ALASS) Workshop
8:00 am-4:00 pm
The Liaison Hotel
Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, October 2
CHCI Advisory Council Meeting
10:00 - 12:00 am - Meeting
Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, October 2
CHCI Board of Directors Luncheon
12:15 - 2:00 pm
Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, October 2
CHCI 36th Annual Awards Gala
5:00 - 6:30 pm - VIP Reception
7:00 - 9:30 pm - Dinner
9:30 - 11:00 pm - Entertainment Finale
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The NALEO Educational Fund’s 9th Annual National Summit on the State of Latino Education (Invite Only)
The Westin Georgetown
Washington, D.C.

Media Highlights

El País: Esther's recent trip to Spain included a chat with El País newspaper
NBC Latino: Latina Leaders: Alejandra Ceja, on a mission to increase Latino education
El Nuevo Diario: El Nuevo Diario Covers Salma Hayek and CHCI Gala (en Español)  
Diario de Yucatan: Recibirá Salma Hayek el ‘Medallón a la Excelencia 
Latinos Post: Salma Hayek to Receive Medallion for Excellence in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month  
El Mensajero: CHCI's Partnership With Lean “Mujeres: Vayan Adelante”  
Modesto Bee: Three area Latino students earn D.C. trip  
El Pregonero(Maryland): Jóvenes líderes en Washington  

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, R2L NextGen, Scholarships, Internships, and Fellowships.

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

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