CHCI eNews
March 2009

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New CHCI Chair Nydia Velazquez Shares Her Vision for the Future

New CHCI Board Chair Nydia Velázquez (NY-12) is setting an agenda to ensure that Latinos are leading the way "Towards 2030," when the Latino population will make up 25 percent of the U.S. population. Chair Velázquez shares her vision for the Latino community, CHCI, and more in an exclusive interview for

Join Chi Chi Rodriguez at CHCI's 13th Annual Fiesta de Golf Scholarship Challenge
Presented by Toyota

The co-chairs of the 2009 CHCI Fiesta de Golf Scholarship Challenge invite you to join golf legend Chi Chi Rodriguez and their colleages for a day out on the course in support of Latino youth scholarships.

Join golfers from all over the country in support of a great cause. Foursomes are filling up fast.

2009 Fiesta de Golf Scholarship Challenge Co-Chairs
Honorable Joe Baca
Honorable Xavier Becerra
Honorable Luis Gutierrez
Honorable Ed Pastor
Honorable Solomon Ortiz
Honorable Silvestre Reyes
Honorable Albio Sires

Click here to register now. 

CHCI Fellows Build Affordable Homes

On Friday, March 20, CHCI's 2008-2009 Fellows Class partnered with The Home Depot Foundation and DC Habitat for Humanity for a day of community service building affordable homes.

The fellows were divided into teams working on several different homes.  From roofing to painting to sawing to spackling, the fellows worked tirelessly to help make a difference within the community.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our next generation of leaders to physically see the fruits of their labor and also give back to the Washington, D.C. community, which they have come to call home over the past nine months," said Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO.

To learn more about the community service project, click here

CHCI and TCA Attend Charitable Donation Ceremony with Mexican Red Cross

On Tuesday, February 24, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) along with the Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) attended the launch for the Mexican Red Cross's 2009 fundraising drive in Tabasco, Mexico.

First Lady Margarita Zavala Calderón thanked the Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) for the donation of two ambulances to the Mexican Red Cross to serve the people of Tabasco, Mexico.  TCA dedicated the two ambulances to Congressman Solomon Ortiz (TX-27) and Congressman Silvestre Reyes (TX-16).

For more information about the ceremony, click here.

CHCI President & CEO Speaks at State of Latinos Forum

On March 25, 2009, CHCI President & CEO Esther Aguilera participated in a panel discussion on the upcoming 2010 Census. Hosted by Fundacion Azteca America, the forum is part of a multi-pronged, multimedia effort to encourage Latino participation in the Census.

Aguilera discussed ways to ensure that young Latinos are engaged in the process of being counted in 2010.  "CHCI interacts with thousands of young people through its Web site and as we approach the new census it is critical that they understand the importance of Latinos and minorities being accurately counted.  If not, we risk losing millions of dollars in federal aid to help improve our communities."

Several CHCI Congressional Board Members were in attendance and gave remarks, including Cong. Charlie Gonzalez (TX- 20), Cong. Joe Baca (CA-43), Cong. Albio Sires (NJ-13), and former Cong. Robert Garcia. Resident Comissioner Pedro Pierluisi (PR) served as moderator. Sen. Thomas Carper (DE) was present for remarks as well.

Panelists from Voto Latino, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI), National Democratic Network (NDN), National Institute for Latino Policy, and the University of Denver Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship also participated.

The forum was held at the Capitol Visitors Center.  

Latino Economic Summit

On March 31, 2009, Latino Magazine will host the Latino Economic Summit, "A New Perspective: Crisis or Opportunity," bringing together more than 100 business leaders from all over the country to discuss the current economic landscape and future strategies for success.  The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

The one-day event will include economic and political experts who will address societal and political trends. Successful business and industry leaders will also share knowledge and experience about Latino entrepreneurialism.

The summit will close with a briefing by CHCI Chair Nydia Velázquez (NY-12) at the Newseum.  For more information, please send an email to

March 26, 2009

Scholarship Deadlines Approaching

CHCI's Scholarship Program is accepting applications through April 16.

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CHCI 2009 Calendar

May 4
CHCI Fiesta de Golf Scholarship Challenge
Andrews Air Force Base

May 13
Fellow Policy Roundtables and Graduation
Capitol Hill, TBD

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

September 15
Reyes of Comedy
Warner Theater
Washington, DC

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

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