Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute


Connecting Miami Students to Leaders of the Real World at the CHLI Regional Conference

Miami, FL – On October 10th, the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) hosted its 2019 Regional Future Leaders Conference: Connecting You to the Real World at the University of Miami (UM), Newman Alumni Center in Miami, Florida.

CHLI Chairman, the Honorable Lincoln Diaz-Balart, welcomed the Miami audience and spoke about the creation of CHLI and its mission to prepare, connect, and honor leaders. Opening remarks included guest speakers, CHLI Vice-Chairman, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25); Congresswoman Donna Shalala (FL-27); City of Coral Gables Vice Mayor, Vince Lago; University of Miami President Julio Frenk; and UM student and President of the Federación de Estudiantes Cubanos, Christine Sanchez.

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FLCMichelle Archilla
Reglas del juego libres y justas: la clave para fortalecer el comercio 

Washington, D.C. –En honor del Mes de la Herencia Hispana, el Instituto de Liderazgo Hispano del Congreso (CHLI) celebró su octavo Simposio Anual de Comercio y Asuntos Internacionales, Reglas del Juego Libres y Justas: la Clave para Fortalecer el Comercio, para liderar una discusión sobre temas comerciales que afectan a la competitividad global de Estados Unidos. El simposio se celebró en Top of the Hill en Washington, D.C., el miércoles 25 de septiembre.

"El comercio internacional impacta a la economía al crear oportunidades de empleo, elevar el nivel de vida y proporcionar a los consumidores una variedad de bienes. Desde la lucha contra la corrupción hasta las exportaciones culturales, como el cine, la música y los medios, el comercio libre y justo es un factor importante para Estados Unidos y para las empresas ", expresó el Presidente del Simposio de Comercio Internacional y Asuntos Internacionales de CHLI, Omar Franco.

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Free and Fair Rules of the Game: The Key to Strengthening Trade, at the 8th Annual Trade & International Affairs Symposium

Washington, D.C. – In honor of the Hispanic Heritage Month, the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) held its 8th Annual Trade & International Affairs Symposium, Free and Fair Rules of the Game: The Key to Strengthening Trade, to lead a discussion on trade issues that affect U.S. global competitiveness. The Symposium was hostedat Top of the Hill in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, September 25th. 

"International trade impacts the economy by creating employment opportunities, raising living standards, and providing consumers a variety of goods. From the fight against corruption to cultural exports, like film, music, and media, free and fair trade is an important factor for America and businesses," expressed CHLI Trade & International Affairs Symposium Chair, Omar Franco.

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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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