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CHLI 2016 Spring Global Leaders Fellows & Interns

Tuesday, February 16, 2016   (0 Comments)
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CHLI 2016 Spring Global Leaders Fellows & Interns



   CHLI Global Leader Fellow:
   Joseph Ortiz Rivera
   Congressional Internship:   
   Carlos Curbelo (FL-26)




Written By: Lucinda Borque 

          Joseph Ortiz Rivera is from Bayamón, Puerto Rico. He is currently a senior at Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, (IAUPR) and will be the first in his family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. Joseph’s focus of study is in business administration and entrepreneurial development. Most of his involvement stems from his area of studies and life experiences. Joseph is an individual who is goal oriented and looks at the bigger picture. He has diversified himself by exploring the endless possibilities that have ranged from different educational experiences which have resulted in molding him into the young motivated individual he is now.

          One of the most life- changing moments Joseph endured was when he studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. During this program Joseph, learned how to manage international marketing and negotiations, and participated in several case studies. Joseph actively learned about International commerce but also learned beyond the classroom by discovering more about himself and who he aspires to be. Through his diligent work ethic, Joseph was able to make this program a reality by winning the Benjamin A. Gilman International scholarship, a national level scholarship; however, Joseph is not estranged to being a recipient of highly competitive awards. He has been awarded several scholarships based on merit such as, Santander Bank Study Scholarship, Local Mayor Scholarship, and Dean of Student’s Scholarships. Not only was Joseph a scholar abroad, but he was also a scholar through research he completed at IAUPR. Joseph participated in a unique research study that consisted of evaluating the impact of corporate interests on ethical protocols in human genetic engineering.  This opportunity allowed Joseph to expand his horizon and “understand that not everything is what it seems”.

          As a Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute Global Leader Intern, Joseph is in the office of Congressman Carlos Curbelo (FL-26). The “global leader” is a perfect fit for Joseph; he believes that this program will set the path for his future. Joseph is excited to see the endless opportunities in both public and private sectors. Eager to learn from this experience to continue his success for the future, Joseph firmly believes that CHLI is the stepping stone for his career.


   CHLI Global Leader Fellow:
   Lucinda Borque
   Congressional Internship:
   Ileana Ros-Lehitenen (FL-27)



Written By: Joseph Ortiz Rivera

          Lucinda Andrea Borque is from Little Ferry, New Jersey. Born to parents of Dominican descent, she was the first member in her family to attend college.  She attended Rutgers University, New Brunswick campus, and graduated in 2015 with a dual Bachelor’s in Science in Criminal Justice and Philosophy. In college, Lucinda got the opportunity to become a Resident Assistant (RA), which is a highly competitive program that has a less than 10% acceptance rate.

          As an RA, Lucinda oversaw and guided first-year students by building a supportive housing environment and by promoting encouragement among them. Shortly after her time as an RA, she had the opportunity to study Hinduism in India. Traveling abroad changed her academic and professional perspectives tremendously. It motivated her to study the impact women have in society and it ultimately lead her to minor in Women and Gender Studies. Even though she had excelled in college, life was not always easy for her. Living with her divorced mother from an early age, Lucinda became the primary bread winner of her family. She experienced many hardships including homelessness, but she did not let her circumstances determine her academic or professional path.

          She will be interning this semester in the office of Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27). The Global Leaders Program for Lucinda was the right path for her since she hopes to become a Congresswoman. She believes this is the right path to a bright future, because it will provide her with the necessary tools to give back in the future. She is confident that with hard work and dedication she will achieve her goals and succeed in life.  

   CHLI Global Leader Fellow:
   Pamela lopez
   Congressional Internship:
   Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)



Written By: Roberto Cervantes

         Pamela Lopez is a 21-year-old Miami native whose family is from the Dominican Republic. She is currently attending Florida International University and is completing her dual Bachelor’s in Political Science and International Relations with a concentration on national security. It’s easy to say that during her college career, she has done more than the average student. Not only is she part of the Honors College, Pamela started a performance art club which allowed her to release her poetic justice and also made international service trips to Latin American countries to offer aide and expand her knowledge. During her time in these countries, she provided medicine to rural areas and learned about the different local governments and politics.

          Throughout her time in Washington, D.C., Pamela will be accepting every challenge that comes her way with confidence and immense determination to succeed. She is working in the office of Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) and aspires to increase her comprehension and gain personal experience with the legislative process. Her curiosity also pursues her to indulge in the behind the scenes work that pertains with policy work between the U.S. and Latin American countries.

          After her internship, Pamela would like to remain working in D.C. Due to her inspiration to bring positive improvement to the minority community, she would preferably like to work in the state department, focusing on working on foreign diplomatic policy. She believes she has strong, fresh ideas that can help propel the advancement of these communities. She would also like to continue her personal research on minorities and take that, along with everything she’ll be learning here, into grad school.

    CHLI Communications and Marketing Fellow:
   Roberto Cervantes
   Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute

Written By: Pamela Lopez

          Roberto Cervantes is the communications fellow for the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute through July. He was born in Puno, Peru, and his parents relocated to South Florida when he was four years old. He is a graduate from Florida International University having completed a B.A. in communications focusing on public relations and minors in hospitality and marketing, but his interests aren’t limited in his major alone. He has been producing music for eight years which influenced his path into broadcasting. In his academic career, he emphasized the importance of successful communication within organizations and corporations. He had countless presentations in which he created outreach plans for mock companies. In one presentation, he impressed the panel so much that he was guided to apply for the open fellowship position in CHLI.

          Roberto’s internship at CHLI could not have come at a better time as his interests and passions have now led to a focus on policy work. As a communications fellow he is working directly with the CHLI President & CEO. He is heavily promoting the CHLI online presence by not only revamping the website and its content, but through developing and distributing newsletters and other CHLI news to an audience of over 14,000 individuals. Due to the nature of his work, he gets unexpected assignments to assist with events or attend briefings events, which have him working hand in hand with congressional and corporate partners of CHL. Roberto came to D.C. wanting to not only gain practical experience in his field, but also to acquire knowledge and exposure of the political environment and how it affects issues that he and his immediate community face on a daily basis.

         After CHLI, Roberto plans to find a way to continue working in the field and apply his knowledge of the constant change in the social environment to produce clear and impactful messages, be it for a corporate organization or a political entity. He looks forward to implementing a creative and professional point of view in his future endeavors to better serve and represent the Hispanic community at large.  CHLI is the stepping stone for Roberto’s growth and the pathway towards working for a larger goal, one that aims at bringing about an open conversation between those present in the Latino community and those representing them.



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