Apr 1, 2010
CHCI catapulted my career. Dr. Golombek, former Executive Director Ingrid Duran, and the CHCI board and sponsors played a critical role in ensuring that we were not only present at networking opportunities and key meetings with the Clinton Administration, but that we had a critical understanding of our role as leaders in the Latino community and as Americans representing a unique perspective on civil and human rights issues.
Mar 1, 2010
CHCI taught me to work with others of various backgrounds, views and perspectives, but at the end, whatever I work on, I try to accomplish the goal or project in a professional and thoughtful manner; whether it is assisting constituents or my nieces and nephews. CHCI allowed me to walk through a door that was not open to many previously. Being a legally blind person, I was able to persevere in an environment where not too many persons with disabilities were involved in learning about policy in Washington, D.C. With this, I helped break a barrier for Latinos with disabilities.
Feb 1, 2010
As CHCI Fellows we were taught the importance of leadership, education, and advocating for the issues facing Latinos in the United States. Through our fellowship, we were able to attain and hone skills necessary to become better leaders and public servants.
Oct 1, 2009
CHCI Alumni Association Chapters' Special Edition
Hispanic Heritage Month Events
Aug 1, 2009
My experience as a CHCI Fellow solidified my commitment to making a difference through the communications field and acted as my bridge into the political world. Thanks to this experience, I launched my translation company so that elected officials, candidates and national organizations can direct their message in Spanish and in the most culturally appropriate manner to resonate in our community.
Jul 1, 2009
One year before I was awarded the CHCI Fellowship, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor and had to undergo extensive treatment and recovery. The camaraderie and examples I saw among other CHCI Fellows, the interactions with Latino members of Congress, my placements, and the professional development opportunities of the fellowship allowed me to transform my experience. As a result, I was not just a brain tumor survivor; I learned to see myself as an advocate for Latinos facing serious health conditions.
Jun 1, 2009
CHCI was an invaluable experience that positively altered the course of my professional career. It opened up my eyes to opportunities that I didn't realize were available to me. I started my CHCI experience excited to make the most of a relative brief time in DC, not realizing that I was going to encounter people/mentors who had a genuine desire to help me succeed, which lead to my moving to DC to serve in the Clinton Administration.
Apr 1, 2009
CHCI's program allowed me to dabble in careers that were of interest to me but not necessarily my passion. I worked in the White House Initiative for Hispanic Education - a subject area that is very personal to me but not necessarily where I wanted my career to take me. I realized then that I wanted to work overseas and somehow in international affairs in some form or capacity. As an immigrant in this country with English as a second language, education is very personal to me but my career interest rests in international affairs. I don't think any other program would have given me the opportunity to explore both my passion as well as develop the career I wanted to take. It is for this reason that I am where I am today.
Mar 1, 2009
White House Edition - March 2009 Alumni of the Month
Noerena Limon, Lizet Ocampo and Stephanie Valencia
Feb 1, 2009
CHCI exposed me to a wide range of industry leaders, a network of Latinos and non-Latinos who share the passion of sustainable homeownership. I learned that to close the gap of homeownership between Latinos and others, we must do more than just sell houses. Trust, education and honest dealing will be the only way to help the Latino community reach the “American Dream.” We need the support of the entire industry to avoid another sub-prime fiasco.
Jan 1, 2009
CHCI exposed me to a wide range of leaders and a network of Latinos and Latinas that had already helped pave the way. I learned that we must work twice as hard to prove ourselves and that as we climb up the ladder we must bring more behind us. I learned that communications/press is a place where we need more Latinos and Latinas and it has since become my part of my purpose to help recruit, train and keep Latinos and Latinas in the communications field. I also learned that hard work and a good attitude are two of the most important skills anyone can bring to the table.
Dec 1, 2008
In those eight weeks a wealth of knowledge was shared with us. Whether it was from the staff in the offices we were placed in (in my case, my congressman at the time, Luis Gutierrez), the Members themselves, our fellow interns, or the meetings with various other leaders, we were given a crash course on how things work and how to get things done. The experience really opened up my mind on ways I could be involved to help other students and the Latino community at large. Once I was back on the Hill as a staff assistant, I believe the CHCI experience gave me the knowledge I needed to be successful and excel.
Nov 1, 2008
CHCI provided an opportunity and ability for me to work in Congress and with a leading national Hispanic-serving organization; exposure and experience that I needed to better understand the type of contribution to public service I wanted to make. The program opened doorways that were previously unknown to me. What’s more, CHCI brought together young, smart, and inspired individuals from across the country that had different life experiences and ideas from me. I learned much that year just from my interactions with the Fellows, all of whom I respect and many who remain my friends today.
Oct 1, 2008
The CHCI fellowship was a critical step in my life journey and I feel has strongly contributed to my personal success. CHCI gave me an opportunity to test my years of academic training in a professional setting and did so with the backdrop of Washington DC, the center of political and government affairs. But, perhaps most empowering is that it exposed me to Latino leaders taking charge and changing people's lives - the most powerful and life altering thing you could show a young Latina that dreamed of making it big in politics and changing the world. CHCI gave me the tools and the strength to pursue my dreams - and I am still on that path.
Sep 1, 2008
My fellowship had a profound impact on my professional journey. CHCI made it possible for me to come to D.C. and chart a new professional course. I was able to incorporate all the things I learned from my previous work experience into the policy I currently work on. I was also able to learn new and different skills as well as delve into new areas of policy.
Aug 1, 2008
CHCI had a major impact on my career and development as a leader. Through both the internship and fellowship I experienced first-hand the policy making process, which increased my confidence of entering the government arena. The weekly Friday trainings were also beneficial due to their relevance and ability to prepare us for future challenges.
Jul 1, 2008
CHCI was an amazing experience that changed my life. It allowed me to get out of my comfort zone, gave me confidence to compete and be amongst the best, and allowed me to develop my diverse leadership skills at all levels. It gave me the political, corporate, and legal experience as a foundation to succeed in anything that I do.
Jun 1, 2008
In 1991, I graduated from Homer Hanna High School in Brownsville in the top 5% of my class. During that summer I flew to Washington D.C. to fulfill my duties after accepting the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Internship. During this internship I attended Southeastern University and took courses in public policy and public speaking. The CHCI internship was a true learning experience for me, a sort of coming of age and a right of passage. During those two months I collected many experiences that have enriched both my personal and my professional life.