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Diaz-Balart Reelected Chairman of CHLI

Sunday, April 16, 2006  
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- The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) congratulates Congressman Lincoln Diaz-

Balart, Vice-Chairman of the House Rules Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process on

his reelection as Chairman of CHLI. Congressman Diaz-Balart chairs a nineteen member board committed to creating a broader

awareness of the diversity of thought, heritage, interests and views of Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent.

CHLI , a not-for-profit and non-partisan organization, serves as a testament to our youth, families and communities of the vibrant

and increasingly important role of the Hispanic and Portuguese community in the United States. This year’s talented board of

directors also includes Ms. Raquel "Rocky” Egusquiza with Ford Motor Company, Mr. Troup Coronado from BellSouth, and Mr.

Bert Gomez from R.J. Reynolds. Together these individuals aim to further strong partnerships with the small business

community, the public and private sector and similar minded international organizations.

"Since its founding in 2003, CHLI has been committed to providing more opportunities for Hispanics and to serving as an

alternative voice for the Hispanic community,” said Diaz-Balart. "Through initiatives like the Ford Leadership Program, which

has already sponsored fifteen students, CHLI is changing lives and helping our Hispanic community,” concluded Diaz-Balart.

The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute’s many accomplishments include:

The Ford CHLI Leadership Program – A highly competitive summer Congressional internship program,

now in its third year, offering undergraduate students of Hispanic and Portuguese descent an opportunity to

take part in a six-week internship program consisting of professional leadership development workshops

while providing for a hands-on opportunity to interact with appointed elected officials and community

leaders from across the country.

The Sed de Saber English Language Initiative – A partnership with the Coca-Cola Company and Retention Education

to build the English language skills of 5 million adults over the next 5 years.

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