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CHCI History

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) was organized in 1976 by 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), to monitor legislative and government activity that affects Hispanics. 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 members of CHC, Congressman Edward Roybal, Congressman E. "Kika" de la Garza and Congressman 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, the House Committee on House Administration drafted new regulations stipulating fundraising activities were to be moved from all government premises. Members of the CHC decided to maintain a legislative support organization on Capitol Hill, the CHC, and moved the non-profit, fundraising organization, today known as the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) to its new residence.

In 1985, CHCI's Board of Directors was expanded to include influential Hispanic business persons from the private sector and community leaders from across the country who, in conjunction with the Hispanic Members of Congress, bring to the Institute policy-related knowledge and experience at the local, state, and national levels. This vast set of resources, coupled with the expertise of the Institute's staff bring about programs designed to afford leadership development training for talented young Hispanics, as well as the opportunity to enter a wider range of professional areas.


The Congressional Hispanic Caucus holds a small dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel as a fundraiser to benefit Hispanic youth. This event eventually becomes the most prestigious event for Hispanic Heritage Month - CHCI's Annual Gala.

Three members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressman Edward Roybal, Congressman E. Kika de la Garza and Congressman Baltasar Corrada, determine there is a great need for more Hispanics in public service. In response to this, they form a non partisan 501 (c)(3) educational organization and name it the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc.

CHCI holds legislative seminars throughout the year on issues important to the Hispanic community.

CHCI brings four graduate students to Washington, D.C. as the first class of its Graduate Fellowship Program.

Due to its rapid ascension as a national organization, CHCI moves away from Capitol Hill to 504 C Street, NE.

The CHCI Board of Directors is expanded to include influential Hispanic business and community leaders from around the country.

CHCI begins bestowing its Medallions of Excellence for Community Service and Leadership to deserving Hispanic leaders at its annual gala.

The CHCI Fellowship Program is expanded to include recent college graduates.

The CHCI Summer Internship Program begins providing Hispanic undergraduate students with a unique opportunity to learn first-hand about the policy-making process.

CHCI releases the first edition of its popular National Directory of Hispanic Organizations.

CHCI adds the Edward Roybal Health component to its Fellowship program to help increase the number of Hispanics in the health field.

CHCI's legislative seminars are expanded and become CHCI's Issues Conference. The conference continues to provide Hispanics with a forum to discuss issues affecting their communities.

CHCI launches www.chci.org as an online one-stop resource center for Hispanics.

CHCI holds its First Annual Fiesta de Golf Tournament to raise funds for its leadership development programs.

CHCI forms the Alumni Association to give former program participants a forum in which to remain active with the Institute.

The CHCI Issues Conference is reformatted into a summit series. This not only helps to focus attention on the most important issues of the time but also helps to attain the highest level of participation. Summit topics range from education and immigration to telecommunications and business/economic development.

CHCI Board of Directors hosts regional activities at participating corporation's headquarters to network and dialogue about issues of joint concern.

CHCI's Annual Gala breaks the $1 million mark.

CHCI's first Issues Conference Public Policy Recommendations are published to provide Congress with a better understanding of the specific needs, concerns and interests of the Hispanic community.

CHCI adds a corporate component to its Fellowship program to help increase the number of Hispanics in corporate America.

CHCI's Annual Gala is moved from the Washington Hilton to the MCI Center to accommodate growth. The event breaks the $2 million mark.

CHCI starts its Scholarship Awards Program to assist underprivileged Hispanic youth attain higher education.

CHCI launches a youth component to its Web site, providing Hispanic youth with a forum to receive mentoring and attain current higher education and career information.

CHCI celebrates its 25th anniversary as the nation's leading Hispanic educational organization.

CHCI introduces the First Annual Reyes of Comedy Night as part of its week of events for Hispanic Heritage Month.

CHCI moves into its new 8,000 square foot headquarters at 911 2nd Street, NE.

CHCI's Public Policy Fellowship Program celebrates its 25th anniversary.

CHCI Congressional Internship Program celebrates 20 years.

CHCI introduces Graduate Fellows to its Public Policy Fellowship Program.

CHCI honors its major donors by launching a Visionary Partner recognition level.

CHCI celebrates its 30th anniversary of serving the Hispanic American community and providing opportunities for Latino youth.

CHCI launches its Ready to Lead (R2L) high school program to help prepare students for college.

CHCI sends its first fellows to Spain as part of its new International Fellowship Program.

CHCI revenue breaks the $6 million mark.

CHCI builds upon its success, expands its fellowship program by formally launching the Graduate & Young Professional Fellowship Program.

CHCI launches its online application system for its programs, drawing interest from almost 10,000 students.

CHCI Alumni Association celebrates its ten-year anniversary.

CHCI launches new enhanced web site to serve students, parents, alumni, and supporters.

CHCI welcomes Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. as its first Legacy Partner.