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U.S. Secretary of Labor and 17 Members of Congress Confirmed for 2011 Public Policy Conference

Join CHCI Chair Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez and 16 other members of Congress, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, and national leaders at CHCI's Public Policy Conference on September 11-13. Reserve your seat to hear discussions from prominent leaders on critical policy issues important to the Latino community and the nation. 

Act now and save! Early bird pricing is available until July 1, offering savings on everything from individual tickets to gala tables. 

2011 Summer Interns Begin Congressional Placements

CHCI welcomed the arrival of its summer congressional internship class on Monday, June 6, 2011. Thirty-one undergraduate students traveled from 20 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to take part in the nationally recognized and award-winning CHCI Congressional Internship Program (CIP). (More)


Inside the CHCI Experience

Share the excitement and personal growth of the 2011 summer interns who are blogging biweekly about their Washington, D.C. experience. Follow the blog to get the latest updates on what it's like working on Capitol Hill, commuting in Washington, D.C., networking events, and more.

For the third year, CHCI is hosting its summer congressional internship blog contest. Readers are encouraged to vote by clicking on the "Like" option under any blog. Winners will receive a roundtrip ticket from Southwest Airlines, the official airline of the Congressional Intern Program.

Check out the blogs.

CHCI Scholars Participate in United Health Foundation Diversity Scholars Forum

Four CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar/Interns traveled from across the nation to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 2011 United Health Foundation Diverse Scholars' Forum held on June 21-23. During the three days, the scholars attended a breakfast on Capitol Hill, met with members of Congress, attended a panel discussion on "Innovation in Chronic Disease Care and Prevention," and visited three prominent health facilities: National Institute of Health, Unity Walker Jones Clinic, and Georgetown University Hospital.

Working with the United Health Foundation (UHF) the past two years, students who are awarded CHCI scholarships receive an additional $1,000 stipend from UHF upon completion of an internship in a community-based organization serving the health needs of the Latino community. (More)

Summer Interns Experience the Power of Networking

Networking is a critical element of success; not only for personal and professional development but also for young people relocating to a new city.  CHCI with its partners, CBCF and APAICS, recognize the importance of “creating connections,” so they co-host an annual Intern Welcome Reception to introduce these future leaders—to each other and to prominent policy leaders.  This year’s event was held on June 13 at the Rayburn Office Building Foyer. (More)

CHCI Hosts Inaugural Program for High School Students in D.C.

Twenty high school students and former Ready to Lead (R2L) participants will participate in CHCI's first High School Latino Leaders in D.C. program. Thanks to its partnership with the Close-Up Foundation and State Farm Insurance, these students will travel from Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Phoenix for the experience of a lifetime. (More)


Keeping the Promise is a five-year campaign to raise $43 million to strengthen and expand the reach and scope of our high school college readiness program, annual scholarships and other college attainment efforts, and professional development programs, including internships and fellowships.

Our programs draw from a national group of young Latinos and provide the financial support, resources, and direct work experience on Capitol Hill to develop a pipeline of highly talented young Latino Leaders. 

You can help CHCI succeed in its mission in any of the following ways:

1.  Purchase a table at the CHCI 34th Annual Awards Gala. Invite your colleagues to a premier evening of networking and award-winning entertainment, while supporting CHCI’s educational attainment and leadership development programs.  The Annual Awards Gala is the signature event of CHCI’s Hispanic Heritage Month Events.  Purchase by July 1 and save $2,000!

2.  Purchase two gala tickets and donate them to CHCI to allow emerging Latino leaders the opportunity to experience this signature Hispanic Heritage Month Event.

3.  Make a donation directly to CHCI’s Keeping the Promise campaign.  

However you choose to direct your support, your contribution will make a critical difference in preparing the next generation of Latino leaders and in building the nation’s competitive edge globally.

CHCI is tax-exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. All grants and contributions to CHCI are tax deductible to the extent permitted by federal law.

CHCI Director of Programs Selected for Prestigious Fellows Program

CHCI congratulates its director of programs, Rey Decerega, for being one of 12 individuals selected to participate in the American Express NGen Fellows Program. The American Express NGen Fellows Program offers 12 emerging leaders, under the age of 40, the rare opportunity to enhance their leadership skills, strengthen their professional networks, and elevate the visibility of their accomplishments on a national level. (More)

CHCI Senior College Program Specialist Joins Youth Advocacy Board

Cecilia Majors, CHCI Senior College Program Specialist, has been selected to serve on the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) Junior Board. "This nomination aligns with my career goals and commitment to inspire young Latinos to succeed and give back to their community," said Majors. (More)

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Upcoming Events

July 2011
July 10 - 15
High School Latino Leaders in D.C.

July 27
CHCI Summer 2011 Interns Graduation Ceremony
Madison Hall, Library of Congress
Washington, D.C.

September 2011
2011 Hispanic Heritage Month Events
September 11-14

September 11
Chair's Kick-Off Reception
Washington, D.C.

September 11-13
CHCI Public Policy Conference
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C.

September 13
11th Annual Reyes of Comedy
Warner Theatre
Washington, D.C.

September 14
34th Annual Awards Gala
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C.

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