CHCI eNews: March 2011



Keeping the Promise: CHCI’s Latino Education Success initiative formally kicks off on Friday, April 8, with the first in a series of education policy forums. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, members of Congress, leading education experts, advocates, local and national elected officials, and practitioners will gather at California State University–Dominguez Hills to examine the U.S. education crisis, its future, and more.

For more information, please contact Miguel Lopez, Programs, at

Keeping the Promise: CHCI’s Young Latino Leaders Summit Series is the culmination of CHCI's premier, nine-month Graduate Fellowship Program. CHCI Graduate Fellows will present their policy briefs on April 13-14 by leading a series of expert panels on critical issues impacting the Latino community. The summit series brings members of Congress, national policy leaders, and other experts to the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center for in-depth discussions in the fellows’ respective areas of expertise – education, health, housing, law, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Cassandra Banks, Senior Manager, Development, at

RSVP for the Young Latino Leaders Summit Series today.

Keeping the Promise: CHCI Solomón P. Ortiz Scholarship Endowment Fund has already raised more than $80,000 in just one month! The endowment will provide a permanent source of funding to support an annual Solomón P. Ortiz college scholarship in perpetuity administered through CHCI's Scholarship Program.

CHCI thanks The Coca-Cola Company for its leadership in initiating the fund with its $10,000 donation and challenge to other corporations and individuals. Once again, the company has demonstrated its commitment to the next generation of Latino leaders.


The Coca-Cola Company, along with other $10,000 Cornerstone Partners—Marathon Oil, George Finley, Honeywell, and Rosenthal-Watson Law—continue to challenge all CHCI stakeholders and partners to join them in this effort. Pledge your support today and help CHCI reach the minimum goal of $100,000 and solidify former Rep. Solomón P. Ortiz's legacy.

In celebration of the launch of the scholarship fund, and to honor his legacy of leadership and commitment to higher education, CHCI hosted a reception on behalf of Ortiz on Tuesday, March 29. More than 25 members and former members of Congress, the Under Secretaries of the Army and Air Force, the Ambassadors of Singapore and Taiwan to the United States, former staffers and guests gathered to honor his legacy of service. Ortiz represented the 27th District of Texas for 28 years while also serving on CHCI’s Board of Directors, leading CHCI as Chair in 1991 and 1992. 

“I am very touched by this special recognition and creation of an endowment fund for scholarships in my name,” said Ortiz. “It speaks to what I have spent a career working towards, an educational opportunity for everyone to achieve the American dream.”

To pledge your support to the endowment, please contact Veronica Duron, Development Officer, at

Keeping the Promise: CHCI in Texas
With nearly 20 percent of the 2010 CHCI program applicants residing in Texas, CHCI leadership scheduled two get-togethers with partners in San Antonio and Dallas last week to talk about increasing the resources to support Latino education success.

Local corporate leaders were invited to an intimate dinner in San Antonio, hosted by Kell Muñoz CEO, Henry Muñoz. The dinner honored CHCI Chair Rep. Charles Gonzalez, and Eddie Aldrete, Senior Vice President of IBC Bank, President & CEO of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and a member of CHCI’s Advisory Council. Guests discussed ways to tackle the challenges of Latino high school and college attainment as well as the critical role that Latino youth will play in America’s global competitiveness.


CHCI President & CEO Esther Aguilera noted that one-quarter of all Hispanic staffers on Capitol Hill are former CHCI program participants; that three former CHCI Fellows now serve in the White House, one serves as the Assistant Secretary at the Department of Education, and hundreds of CHCI former program participants now hold leadership roles in corporations and communities across the United States.

The following day in Dallas, Aguilera attended a luncheon with business partners, hosted by Minerva Rodriguez, a corporate governance ratings expert, President of MRR & Associates, and a member of CHCI’s Advisory Council. At the event, Aguilera reiterated CHCI’s commitment to Dallas’ Hispanic community as local high school students have participated in CHCI’s Ready to Lead program for the past two years and will be participating in the new CHCI program—Young Latino Leaders in Washington. The program, which kicks off this summer, is an expansion of CHCI’s Ready to Lead college readiness program. It provides 9th and 10th grade students from all over the United States a week-long experience in the nation’s capital, during which time they learn about government and lawmaking, interact with mentors, and participate in CHCI’s renowned leadership training.

Keeping the Promise: CHCI’s Fiesta de Golf Scholarship Challenge is fast approaching. Join CHCI on Monday, May 2, at the Courses of Andrews Air Force Base, MD in support of CHCI’s Scholarship Program. Help CHCI continue to support opportunities for Latino youth to attend and complete higher education.

CHCI is offering early bird registration until Friday, April 15, a savings of up to $500.00.

Register for CHCI’s Fiesta de Golf Scholarship Challenge today.

Other CHCI News

CHCI Ready to Lead Program Travels to Dallas
CHCI Welcomes Marketing Director Lori Crowe
Fellows Provide Tutorial Services for English Language Learners

Keeping the Promise

There is an overwhelming need for CHCI programs. According to the 2010 Census Bureau data, Hispanics now exceed 50 million people or roughly 1 in 6 Americans. As the dramatic population growth of the Latino community in the United States continues, it is imperative that we significantly increase the number of Latinos ready to assume leadership positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

The Pew Hispanic Center reports that in 2010, there were 33.3 million Hispanics ages 18 and older, a 45 percent increase from 2000. The increased demand for CHCI programs has skyrocketed; students interested in participating in CHCI programs have jumped from 9,000 to more than 23,000 in this year alone! Both corporate America and government have a significant stake in the outcome, and CHCI is uniquely positioned to deliver.

Over the next five years, the "Keeping the Promise" initiative will lay the foundation for a bold future for CHCI, the Hispanic community and the nation. Our 2011 goal is $8 million – a 33 percent increase over 2010.

We invite you to be part of this ambitious effort to shape America's future.

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 2011 Calendar

April 8
Latino Education Success Forum
California State University - Dominguez Hills
Los Angeles, CA

April 9
Ready to Lead Los Angeles
California State University - Dominguez Hills
Los Angeles, CA

April 13-14
Young Latino Leaders Summit Series
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Washington, D.C.

April 14
Spring Intern Graduation
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Washington, D.C.

May 2
Fiesta de Golf Scholarship Challenge
The Courses at Andrews AFB
Andrews Air Force Base, MD


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