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A Message from CHCI’s Chief Executive Officer Esther Aguilera


On the heels of CHCI's  35th landmark year celebrating the keeping of our founders’ promise to the next generation of Latino leaders, we opened 2013 with a Welcome Reception & Swearing-In Ceremony for the Hispanic members of the 113th Congress. We thank Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden for their participation in this historic event. 

Thirty-five years ago we had but a handful of Hispanics in Congress, which together formed CHCI to focus on educational advancement and leadership development opportunities for Latino youth. In 1981, CHCI brought its first class of four graduate students to Washington, D.C. I am proud to report that last year we kept the promise to nearly 1,700 young Latino leaders, and we continue to grow. 

Last week’s event represents an enormous milestone in the history of our great country and our community as we welcomed to Congress the largest class of Hispanic members - 36! We are energized to begin 2013 with so many of our supporters and friends who join us to pledge their support to the CHCI mission. CHCI will continue to keep the promise of our founders - developing prepared Latino leaders for a strong America.

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

Vice President Joe Biden Joins CHCI Swearing-In Ceremony to Welcome Hispanic Members of the 113th Congress

"It's finally happened," Biden said. "The American people have begun to understand not only the great contributions made, but the awesome potential, future potential of the Hispanic Community"

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In a historic night for the Hispanic community, CHCI welcomed the Hispanic members of the 113th Congress at a ceremonial swearing-in on Thursday, January 3, 2013, in the East Hall at Union Station in Washington, D.C. Vice President Joe Biden participated in the program and performed the swearing-in for the Hispanic members of the 113th Congress, and newly-elected CHCI and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Rep. Rubén Hinojosa. More than 600 people turned out for the ceremony to hear from Biden, Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, and Senator Robert Menendez. Telemundo anchor Jose Diaz-Balart served as celebrity emcee and the event was hosted by Time Warner Cable.  More...

The CHCI Swearing-In & Welcome Reception was made possible by: Time Warner Cable, American Petroleum Institute, Entravision, National Association of Broadcasters, Walmart, Exxon Mobil, National Association of Realtors, Society for Human Resource Management, Cargill, The Coca-Cola Company, Comcast/NBC Universal/Telemundo, ConocoPhillips, JPMorgan Chase & Co., AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Cognizant, Darden Restaurants, Exelon Corporation, National Grid, PG&E, PhRMA.

CHCI Fellowship Program Application Deadline Approaching
Application Deadline: February 15, 2013

CHCI is seeking to offer exceptional Latino college and post-graduates from across the country unparalleled exposure to professional experiences in a vast array of public policy arenas such as education, health, housing, law, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) while participating in CHCI’s nationally acclaimed leadership development training program. Read More & Apply Now

The CHCI Fellowship Program is made possible thanks to the generous support of BP, New York Life Foundation, UPS, AARP, Altria, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Google, SEIU, Cargill, AFL-CIO, Microsoft, Verizon, MillerCoors, PepsiCo Foundation, Shell, API, AMGEN, and Southwest Airlines.

CHCI Hosts Star-studded Ready to Lead in the City of Angels
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Nearly 200 of Los Angeles’ brightest and most motivated students joined CHCI for its Ready to Lead (R2L) Los Angeles event at the Rio Hondo College campus on Saturday, December 8, 2012. Students representing 20 high schools joined us for an intensive day full of learning and preparing for the college process. Welcomed by CHCI President & CEO, Esther Aguilera, and Vice President of Student Services at Rio Hondo College, Henry Gee, participants became eager to learn and ready to lead after listening to parallel messages of overcoming adversity through perseverance and how the pursuit of a higher education could help to release their truest and brightest potentials. More...

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About CHCI

CHCI is the nation’s premier Hispanic nonprofit and nonpartisan 501 (c)(3) leadership development organization that creates young Latino leaders by promoting college readiness; supporting college attainment; providing unmatched professional experience; and offering award-winning leadership development programs that connect participants to a powerful network of Latino leaders.

 In 2012, CHCI is celebrating CHCI at 35: Keeping the Founders’ Promise as a tribute to the small, but powerful, group of Congressmen whose vision has resulted in transformative programs that empower young Latinos and develop the next generation of Latino leaders.  Throughout CHCI's 35 years, its programs—Ready to Lead, High School Latino Leaders in D.C., Scholarships, Internships, and Fellowships—have made a powerful, positive difference in the lives of more than 7,000 young Latinos.

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