The Class of 2009-2010 CHCI Fellows Arrives in Washington, D.C.

On Monday, August 17, 2009, 22 aspiring leaders from across the country began their nine-month journey in Washington, D.C. as part of CHCI's fellowship program. This diverse class represents 12 states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas, as well as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Their diverse educational backgrounds include degrees in public policy, political science, neuroscience, and law, just to name a few. 

Twelve Fellows have already secured job placements, five of whom have been placed in White House offices, including the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the Office of Legislative Affairs, and the Office of Vice President Joe Biden. Other placements include the State Department, the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, the office of Honorable Vanessa Ruiz, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV), the office of Senator Robert Menendez (NJ), the office of Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) and the office of Rep. Silvestre Reyes (TX-16).

The Fellows began their experience with an orientation week that prepared them to work on Capitol Hill and in federal government, exposed them to public policy initiatives, and taught them valuable professional skills they will need to be successful during the fellowship.  They also had an opportunity to hear from Adolfo Carrion, Director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs Policy.


2009-2010 Fellows with Adolfo Carrion, Director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs Policy.

The Public Policy Fellowship offers talented Latinos who have recently earned a bachelor's degree an opportunity to gain valuable exposure and hands-on experience at the national level in the public policy area of their choice.

The Graduate & Young Professional Fellowship Program offers exceptional Latinos with a master's degree (or higher) or equivalent three years professional experience in a chosen policy field an opportunity to gain valuable exposure and hands-on experience in the following public policy areas: health, housing, international affairs (includes three months abroad in Mexico: February - May), law, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

To learn more about the fellows, click here.

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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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