CHCI eNews 
July 2009

In This Edition:

CHCI Interns Reflect on Their Experience, Vote Now for Your Favorite Blog

After almost eight weeks in Washington, the Congressional Interns are preparing to return home -- but not before they blog about their experience.  Check out the final edition of the CHCI Congressional Internship Summer Blog contest as the interns reflect on what they have learned.  There is still time to vote for your favorite entries.  The deadline to vote is July 30.

The goal of this initiative is to highlight the CHCI internship experience, providing a glimpse of the participants' thoughts, interactions and activities. The interns with the most votes 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.

Join us for the interns' graduation ceremony on Wednesday, July 29 at the Rayburn House Office Building Courtyard from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Interns' Community Service Project on 2010 Census a Huge Success

On Sunday, July 26, the 24 members of the Congressional Internship class held a community service project to inform and educate members of the Latino community on the significance of being counted in the 2010 Census.  Hundreds of local community members gathered at the Bell Multi-Cultural High School Field for the event, themed "Celebrate: Tu Cuentas." They heard from local Census Bureau employees and were entertained by radio station El Zol.

An accurate count in the 2010 Census is critical for the Latino community to ensure the government adequately funds schools, roads, infrastructure, and other initiatives according to the community's population and needs.

D.C. Council Member Jim Graham's Chief of Staff Ted Loza presented opening remarks.  To view photos of the community service project, please click here.

Register Now for the Public Policy Conference and Get Discounted Rooms and Travel

With more than 20 Members of Congress, Obama cabinet secretaries, and national leaders from around the country confirmed to attend, now is the time to register for CHCI's Public Policy Conference and receive bargain hotel rates and discounted travel fares.  There are only 47 days until CHCI tackles the most important issues facing our community: census 2010, immigration, education, economy and workforce, energy, and green jobs, among many others.  You don't want to miss this!  Register Now.

The Embassy Suites in Washington, D.C.-Convention Center is offering low rates for conference attendees. Space is limited and discounted reservations must be reserved no later than Wednesday, August 19, 2009.

Amtrak is offering a 10 percent discount on travel to and from the Conference from September 10, 2009 - September 20, 2009. For more information about Public Policy Conference savings, click here.

Alumni Corner

Don't miss out on CHCI's largest Alumni Association fundraiser of the year! Get your tickets now for the 6th Annual CHCI Alumni Association Young Latino Professionals Reception. The event will take place on Monday, September 14 at Josephine Lounge in Washington, D.C.
Click the save-the-date card for more information.

Alumni Discount Fees Available for Hispanic Heritage Month Events

CHCI Alumni receive discounted fees to the 2009 CHCI Hispanic Heritage Month events. For example, alumni can now purchase individual Gala tickets for $100.00 less than regular price. Register online today.

Distinguished Alumnus Award

The CHCI Alumni Association will posthumously honor Latina Style Magazine founder & editor Anna Maria Arias as the 2009 CHCI Distinguished Alumnus at the Alumni Breakfast ,Tuesday, September 15, during the Public Policy Conference.  Anna Maria Arias was a 1988 CHCI Fellow. To learn more about Anna Maria Arias and her legacy, click here.

Alumnus of the Month
Edith Rocio Robles is CHCI's August Alumnus of the Month.  To learn more about Edith, click here.

You Can Help the Next Generation Become a Success Story

CHCI's online application system continues to prove that there is a tremendous need for financial resources and professional development opportunities for the Latino community. Over the past two program cycles, CHCI has received nearly 20,000 unique applications for CHCI student programs.

Please click here to donate now so that more students have the ability to finance their higher education and become the next generation of Latino leaders and success stories at CHCI.

July 28, 2009

Alumnus of the Month

Hispanic Heritage Month Registration Now Available Online

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CHCI 2009 Calendar

July 29
Interns' Graduation
Rayburn House Office Building Courtyard
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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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