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2015 Graduate Fellows White Papers

The 2014-2015 CHCI Graduate Fellows moderated the CHCI 2015 Capitol Hill Policy Briefing Series at the Cannon House Office Building during March and April 2015. Each fellow organized and moderated a public policy roundtable discussion comprised of members of Congress, Congressional staffers, public policy experts, and national leaders, tackling some of the most relevant issues affecting the Latino community. The briefings focused on the areas of Education, Natural Resources and Energy Careers, Economic Development, and Health.

Economic Development

“Accessing Government Contracts and Developing the U.S. Economy: Leveling the Playing Field for Minority-Owned Businesses”
By Ana Pupo, CHCI-Ford Foundation Law Graduate Fellow

“The Earned Income Tax Credit Conundrum: The Unintended Exclusion of Latina/o Children”
By Israel Nery, CHCI-PepsiCo Foundation Law Graduate Fellow

“Spurring Economic Development in Latino Communities with Housing Policy as the Catalyst”
By Cheye-Ann Corona, CHCI Housing Graduate Fellow

Education

“One Size Does Not Fit All: Hispanic Serving Institutions and the Viability of a Federal Rating System”
By Félix Muñiz Jr., CHCI-McDonalds Higher Education Graduate Fellow

“Reaching for 2020: The Role of Latino Community College Success in National College Completion Goals”
By Tracie Sánchez, CHCI Higher Education Graduate Fellow

“College Knowledge as Cultural Capital (ESEA and Parent Engagement)”
By Braulio Salas, CHCI Secondary Education Graduate Fellow

Energy

“Agua es Vida: Innovative Solutions to Western Water Wars”
By Alesandra Nájera, CHCI-Shell STEM Graduate Fellow

Health

“Sobreviviendo la Adolesencia: The Inherent Value of Effective and Culturally Competent Mental Health Screening and Assessment for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System” 
By Margarita Chavez, CHCI-Davita Health Graduate Fellow

“Investing in Health to Achieve Equity: Integrating a Health in All Policies (HiAP) Framework to Advance the Promise Zone Agenda”
By Araceli Gutiérrez, CHCI-PepsiCo Foundation Health Graduate Fellow

“Funding Community Health Centers to Reduce Costs and Protect Vulnerable Populations”
By Grant Barbosa, CHCI-PepsiCo Foundation Health Graduate Fellow

2014 Graduate Fellows White Papers

From April 8-9, the 2013-14 CHCI Graduate Fellows organized and moderated the 2014 Young Latino Leaders Summit Series (YLLSS). Experts from the fields of health, housing, education, law and STEM, gathered at the behest of the CHCI Fellows for a timely discussion on the issues that affect the Latino community. The first day of the summits, held at the Senate Visitor Center, featured Reps. Tony Cárdenas, Ted Deutch, Luis Gutierrez, Lucille Roybal-Allard, and CHCI Chair, Rubén Hinojosa, among the many expert panelists.

2013 Graduate Fellows White Papers

On April 15, the eight 2012-2013 CHCI Graduate Fellows moderated their respective public policy summit discussions on insightful and timely issues affecting the Latino community and the nation. This year, the areas of focus included—education, health, housing, law, or STEM. The summits where held on Capitol Hill, and were attended by members of Congress, Congressional staffers, public policy experts, national leaders, media and other industry leaders. The 2013 Young Latino Leaders Summit Series was the culmination of nine months of training in becoming better versed in the public policy formulation process.

2012 Graduate Fellows White Papers

On April 16 the nine 2011-2012 Graduate Fellows moderated their respective public policy roundtable discussions on insightful and timely issues affecting the Latino community and the nation. The areas of focus included—education, health, housing, law, and Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM).The discussions which took place on Capitol Hill, were attended by members of Congress, Congressional staffers, public policy experts, national leaders, media and other change makers. The summit was the culmination of months of training in becoming better versed in the public policy formulation process.

2011 Graduate Fellows White Papers

The CHCI 2010-2011 Graduate Fellowship class gathered national experts and members of Congress as they presented their white papers during the Young Latino Leaders Summit Series on April 13-14 at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. The fellows led a series of expert panels on critical issues impacting the Latino community in their respective areas of expertise – education, health, housing, law, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

2010 Graduate Fellows White Papers

The dynamic class of CHCI Graduate & Young Professional Fellows created the following research documents in conjunction with the 2010 CHCI Young Latino Leaders Summit Series held on April 21, 2010, at the U.S Capitol Visitor Center.

2010 Graduate Fellows White Papers

Health: “Cervical Cancer and Latinas: A Preventable Disease”
By Rebecca Medina, Davita Graduate Health Fellow

Housing: “Sustainable and Inclusive Growth: Housing Opportunities for Latino Communities”
By Ulises Gonzalez, National Association of Realtors Graduate Housing Fellow

Law: “Voter Identification Laws: The Impact on Latinos”
By Maria Mendoza, CHCI Graduate Law Fellow

STEM: “Intersection of STEM Education & the Green Economy: Incorporating the Latino Community” 
By Sandra Alcalá-Barraza & Jorge Madrid, Motorola Foundation Graduate STEM Fellows

2009 Graduate Fellows White Papers

The dynamic class of CHCI Graduate & Young Professional Fellows created the following research documents in conjunction with the 2009 CHCI Young Latino Leaders Summit Series held in April 2009.

2008-2009 Graduate & Young Professional Fellows’ White Papers

Health: “Protecting Our Future: HIV/AIDS Prevention Among Latino Youth”
Moderators: Craig Martinez & Stephen Perez, CHCI Health Fellows

Housing: “Latinos in 2030: Securing our Financial Future”
Moderators: Nicole Adair, Alejandra Louden, & Tonantzin Mitre, CHCI Housing Fellows

Law: “The Right Thing To Do, The Right Time To Do It, and The Right Place: A Latina/o United States Supreme Court Justice” 
Moderator: Zorayda Moreira-Smith, CHCI Law Fellow

International Affairs: “Aid, Trade and Integration: A Combined Approach to Mexican/U.S. Immigration”
Moderator: Roberto Fierro, CHCI International Affairs Fellow

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