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History & Mission

About the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute


Advancing the Hispanic Community's Diversity of Thought

Mission Statement

The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) is the premier organization founded by Members of Congress to advance the Hispanic Community's Economic Progress with a focus on Social Responsibility and Global Competitiveness.


Founded in 2003, CHLI is a 501(c)3 non-profit and non-partisan organization. CHLI is dedicated to fostering a broad awareness of the diversity of thought, heritage, interests and views of Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent.

Leadership Focus

CHLI’s foundation lies in leadership. CHLI prepares, connects and honors leaders. CHLI prepares future leaders through internships, scholarships and conferences that involve public service, leadership development, and business and academic excellence. CHLI connects public service and business leaders through briefings on the Hill, breakfast forums with Members of Congress, and networking receptions throughout the country. CHLI honors leaders at the Annual Gala & Leadership Awards and recognizes Congressional Staff for their leadership with the Stephen Vermillion CHLI Congressional Staff Appreciation Award.

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