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CHCI is Moving!

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Dear CHCI Friends and Supporters,

Effective December 1, CHCI will be  relocated to its new interim home at 300 M Street, SE in Washington, DC.  We have outgrown our current home and are in the process of searching for a new headquarters to house a 21st Century Leadership Center. We look forward to engaging all our stakeholders as we embark on Building Our Future, Together.

We would like to give special thanks to our friends at Dell for their generous contribution of temporary office space while we make this historic transition!

New Interim Address:
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
300 M Street, SE, 5th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20003

CHCI Thanks Its Cornerstone Donors For Their Commitment to Building Our Future, Together

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As we prepare to make the transition to our new interim home, we would like to thank once again our cornerstone donors Anheuser-BuschBank of AmericaDell, PepsiCo, State Farm, and Toyota for their historic support. Together with CHCI, these five companies have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to building our future and furthering the organization’s mission of increasing Hispanic representation in leadership and highly-skilled professional roles in Washington, D.C., and across the country. Read more

2013 Combined Federal Campaign Kickoff

CHCI is proud to announce our participation in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)—a fundraising program run by the Office of Personnel Management that allows federal, military, and postal employees to join philanthropic efforts quickly and efficiently. If you're a federal employee, please consider supporting CHCI through the CFC. Your participation will allow CHCI to expand its resources to grow our programs and further develop the next generation of Latino leaders. The CHCI CFC identification number is #30620. Read more

CHCI Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month & College-Readiness at R2L D.C.

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As part of its Hispanic Heritage Month events, CHCI hosted its first Ready to Lead (R2L) event of the academic year in Washington, D.C. Nearly 200 students gathered at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Monday, September 30, 2013 eager to gain college-going knowledge . Students representing 24 area high schools were welcomed by CHCI President & CEO Esther Aguilera who challenged students to dream and believe in themselves. Read more

This year’s Ready to Lead D.C. event was made possible thanks to the generous support of State Farm, AT&T, Synopsys, Univision, Box Tops for Education, and Viacom/Tr3s.

R2L returns to the Central Valley!

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Over 200 enthusiastic high school students joined us at the third Ready to Lead (R2L) event at the University of California, Merced on Saturday, October 12. Participants hailed from 16 area high schools across the Central Valley, traveling as far as 70 miles away from home to learn about the college process, engage with mentors, and receive encouragement to successfully graduate from high school and obtain a postsecondary education. This year, former NASA astronaut, engineer, and founder of Reaching for the Stars Foundation, Jose Hernandez, shared his personal story of resiliency and hard work, which led him to accomplish his childhood dream of becoming a NASA astronaut. Read more

This year’s Ready to Lead Merced event was made possible thanks to the generous support of State Farm, AT&T, and Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

Join Us on November 14 for the 2013 CHCI Fall Congressional Internship Graduation Ceremony

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CHCI cordially invites you to attend the 2013 Fall Congressional Internship Program Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, November 14, at the Rayburn House Office Building (Gold Room). Join us in congratulating the 2013 Fall Congressional Internship class as they conclude their eight week program and return to their respective communities as CHCI Alumni. Read more

2013 Hispanic Heritage Month Alumni Association Events Highlights

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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

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 14, 2013   
CHCI Fall Congressional Internship Graduation Ceremony
5:30-7:30 pm            
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2168 (Gold Room)
Washington, D.C.      

Saturday, November 23
Ready to Lead (New York)
8:00 am-3:30 pm
Lehman College
Bronx, NY

Saturday, December 14
Ready to Lead (Los Angeles)
8:00 am-3:30 pm
Rio Hondo College
Whittier, CA

Media Highlights

Washington Post: Salma Hayek is honored by Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 
Salma Hayek: Shutdown Washington ‘Intense’
Huffington Post: Salma Hayek Wants To Change How Latinos Are Perceived In The US
People en Español: Salma Hayek recibe un premio y se lo dedica a los inmigrantes
Huff Post Voces
Salma Hayek ilumina "honrada" la gala anual del Caucus Hispano 
HHM Coverage included in October edition  
Hispanic Link: 2013 CHCI Coverage 
Latinos Post: NCLR's (and CHCI Alumnus) Laura Vazquez 'Optimistic' House of Representatives Will Pass Immigration Reform Bill   
Latinos Post: Congressman Rubén Hinojosa: Latinos Making 'Tremendous Strides' in Education [Exclusive]
The Modern Latina (by CHCI Alumnus Sasha Moreno): CHCI-Developing the Next Generation of Latino Leaders
Latinos Post: Five Companies Donate to Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute to Fund Programs for Latino Youth
Latina Magazine: Salma Hayek Speaks Out on Latino Stereotypes  
Latinos Post: Salma Hayek Awarded Medallion of Excellence at the CHCI Gala 
Washington Hispanic: Olga Tañón canta en gala de Congresistas Hispanos  
TV Azteca: Reconocen a Salma Hayek en Congreso de EU  (VIDEO)
Telemundo Las Vegas: Salma dedica premio a inmigrantes  (VIDEO)
Latin American Herald Tribune: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Honors Salma Hayek 
Noodls: Chancellor receives national recognition for his contributions to higher education 

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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