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 Rony!
Rony Gonzales, a native of Peru, graduated from the Honors College at Binghamton University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Law (PPL). Rony has constantly been involved in issues relevant to immigrant communities and minority populations. Throughout his college years, he participated in many organizations such as the Hispanic Student Union, Cultural Diversity Club, Student Minority Empowerment.
He was also involved in the defense of civil rights and helped organize a campus group whose focus was raising awareness of the living conditions of immigrant prisoners in deportation proceedings. This experience led him to write his honors thesis on the political economy of the U.S. criminal justice system. It was eventually published by Proceedings, a journal at the University of North Carolina, Asheville.
Upon graduation, Rony completed a summer semester at Georgetown University where he studied in more detail public policy and law legislation. His interest in policy issues led him to successfully complete Duke Law's Summer Institute on Law and Policy, where he studied contemporary issues in national security and international law.
Among his academic interests are the study of race and cultural identity, law, the global economy and international relations. Rony plans to attend law school to pursue a career in international law. CHLI's Global Leaders Internship and Fellowship Program has helped Rony gain exposure in his areas of interest.
Rony's participation in CHLI's Global Leaders Internship and Fellowship Program is possible thanks to the contribution of Comcast/NBCUniversal/Telemundo. "CHLI's efforts at fostering young leaders is embodied by Rony Gonzales." Said Juan Otero, Senior Director of Federal Government Affairs. "He represents the next generation of emerging leaders who need to be supported and encouraged in all of his endeavors. This is why Comcast NBCU is an enthusiastic supporter of CHLI and their ongoing efforts to bring the best and brightest young leaders in our community."