Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute


CHLI Conference Connects Future Leaders to the Real World

Washington, D.C. – In honor of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute’s (CHLI) mission to prepare and connect young leaders, CHLI held its Annual Future Leaders Conference at the U.S. Russell Senate Office Building, on Wednesday, July 17th. 

The conference included welcome remarks from CHLI Chairman, The Honorable Lincoln Diaz-Balart, as well as congressional remarks by CHLI Board Members, Senator Rick Scott (FL), Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Congressman Bill Flores (TX-17), Congressman William Hurd (TX-23), Congressman Albio Sires (NJ-08), as well as remarks from Vice-Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and Chair of the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03).

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CHLI Honors OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro, Congresswomen Nita Lowey and Kay Granger, and CHLI Alumna Wendy Martinez

Washington, D.C – The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) held its 15th Annual Gala & Leadership Awards on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Washington, DC. CHLI honored the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, Congresswomen Nita Lowey and Kay Granger (Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee), and celebrated the life and legacy of CHLI Alumna Wendy Martinez.

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Michelle Archilla
Longstanding FIU Partnership Leads to Legislative Experience, Full-Time Job

Alfredo Oballos Diaz, a senior studying international relations, was one of 20 students to intern in Washington, D.C. this past Spring semester, though his experience was uniquely personal. 

Oballos Diaz, a Venezuelan asylum seeker, was able to work on legislation such as H.R. 549 that aims to support asylum seekers, introduced in the House of Representatives in January. The legislation proposes to allow Venezuelans eligibility for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the United States.  

“As a Venezuelan refugee myself, I feel extremely humbled by the opportunity to help my people through the work I am doing on the Hill,” Oballos Diaz said.

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UNM alumna gains experience in Washington, D.C. through CHLI internship

Olivia Padilla, an alumna of The University of New Mexico Class of 2018, is finishing a jampacked semester in Washington, D.C., as the first New Mexican to be a Global Leaders Fellow with the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI). CHLI gives students hands-on experience in congressional and corporate offices while earning academic credit hours.

Padilla graduated from UNM in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and International Studies with concentrations in Latin America and conflict, peace, and diplomacy, and a minor in Spanish. While an undergraduate, she was a tour guide for the UNM Office of Admissions, president of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council #8096, Associated Students of UNM Senator, a member of Trailblazers, and Chi Omega sorority. She studied abroad in Mexico and Italy. 

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CHLI Global Leaders On The Move in Washington, D.C

Check out what our CHLI Global Leaders have been up to since landing in Washington, D.C.!

Our Spring 2019 CHLI Global Leaders have been out and about since landing. Thank you to our CHLI Global Leaders Sponsors for making this opportunity possible: John Hoel, Altria Client Services; Leo Munoz, Comcast Foundation; Heather Kennedy, The Home Depot; Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, Univision; and Maria Luisa Boyce, UPS. 

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CHLI Announces its 15th Annual Gala & Leadership Awards Honorees

Washington, D.C. - The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) will host its 15th Annual Gala & Leadership Awards on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, in Washington, D.C. 

At this year’s Gala, CHLI will honor His Excellency Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) with The CHLI Ileana Ros-Lehtinen International Leadership Award.

“It is a privilege for CHLI to be able to honor OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro, who is making history as an admirable advocate for democracy and the Rule of Law throughout our hemisphere. It will be our honor to be able to recognize his exemplary career,” stated CHLI Chairman Lincoln Diaz-Balart.

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CHLI’s Director of Programs and External Affairs, Juan Negron, Selected as a Forbes Under 30 Global Fellow

Washington, D.C. - The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) is proud to share that CHLI’s Director of Programs and External Affairs, Juan Leonardo Negron, has been selected as one of Forbes Under 30 Global Fellows to participate in the Spring Global Summit in Israel starting March 30th. Gathering some of the world’s most influential bold young leaders, this international summit forum convenes top young founders, leaders, and mentors for four days of learning, connecting, and creating. 

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