What We Do
For nearly 40 years, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) has forged a critical pathway to Developing the Next Generation of Latino Leaders®, creating a transformative and lasting Impact on Latino youth and our nation.
Before the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) was envisioned, five Hispanic Members of Congress—Herman Badillo (NY), Baltasar Corrada (PR), E. "Kika" de la Garza (TX), Henry B. Gonzalez (TX), and Edward Roybal (CA)—organized the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) in 1976. The Caucus was originally formed to serve as a legislative organization through which legislative action, as well as executive and judicial actions, could be monitored to ensure the needs of Hispanics were being met.
In 1978, three original members of CHC, Reps. Edward Roybal, E. "Kika" de la Garza and Baltasar Corrada established a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization to serve as an educational institute whose programs would serve the national Hispanic community. In October 1981, new federal regulations stipulated that all fundraising activities were to be moved from all government premises. So the decision was made to maintain a legislative support organization on Capitol Hill, the CHC, and move the non-profit, fundraising organization, CHCI, to a new home.
CHCI’s Board of Directors was expanded to include influential Hispanic business leaders in 1985. These leaders served in the private sector and communities across the country. Together, with the Hispanic Members of Congress, brought policy-related knowledge and experience at the local, state, and national levels to CHCI. This vast set of resources, coupled with the expertise of the Institute’s staff resulted in programs designed to offer leadership development training and access for talented young Latinos, as well as the opportunity to enter and positively impact a wider range of professional areas.
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