Washington D.C. - In honor of the Global Leaders Internship and Fellowship Program, the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) would like to recognize its 2013 program participants. These students represent the diversity and advancement CHLI strives to promote. These remarkable individuals have excelled in their communities and schools. Their passion has driven them to become a part of a great organization such as CHLI. We thank you for your passion, and dedication to our community and for being an ambassador of our organization. Congratulations Irene!
Irene Castro graduated from The City College of New York with a master's degree in Public Service Management (MPA). She is a first generation American whose parents yield from the Dominican Republic. At a young age her parents instilled in her the need and importance of education, and of being a hardworking and selfless person. Irene was part of many clubs during her undergraduate career and many that advocated for student rights and helping those in her community. Since then, her passion for public service and helping others has continued to grow.
Throughout her undergraduate and graduate years, Irene has continued to participate in different organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Peer Health Exchange, and City University of New York (CUNY) Citizenship Now, where she helped New York City's permanent residents apply for their citizenship. Right after graduate school, Irene served as a New York City Urban Fellow where she worked at the New York City Department of Education. She believes that education is the solution to many societal problems. She is also currently involved with the George Washington University, Strive for College Collaborative Chapter, where she mentors a high school student with his college application process.
Irene wants a career in law and government and plans on pursuing law school in the near future. She also hopes to one day start a non-profit aimed at empowering girls and women in some of the world's most impoverished areas, and areas where females are treated as second class citizens.
She wants to continue developing the skills that will enable her to better serve her community, and increase the services to undeserved and low-income communities. Right after her CHLI fellowship, Irene plans to stay in Washington, D.C. to continue learning from the talented government leaders in the area.
Irene's participation in CHLI's Global Leaders Internship and Fellowship Program is possible thanks to the contribution of Comcast/NBCUniversal/Telemundo, "At Comcast NBCU, we believe in investing in the future. Supporting CHLI and amazing young leaders like Irene is part of that investment." said Juan Otero, Senior Director of Federal Government Affairs, Comcast. "Irene's amazing background and accomplishments have well prepared her to meet her personal and professional goals. We applaud Irene and CHLI for its unwavering efforts to foster the best and brightest young leaders in our community."
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The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute is the premier organization founded by Members of Congress and Corporate Executive Leaders 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.
CHLI is invested in helping further strengthen the U.S. Hispanic community by promoting the advancement of Hispanics in all sectors of the U.S. and global economy. In the spirit of the organization's vision of "Advancing the Hispanic Community's Diversity of Thought" and its mission, CHLI promotes diversity and inclusion in the public and private sectors.