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CHCI Alumni Newsletter August 2013

August 2013 Letter from the CHCI-AA President

Dear CHCI Alumni:

We are more than halfway through another exciting year for the CHCI Alumni Association, and are proud to welcome 126 new Alumni. Congratulations and welcome to the familia!

Please note that DREAMers who have adjusted their immigration status through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) are now eligible for CHCI programs. The CHCI Alumni Association has historically supported the inclusion and increase in educational opportunities for these amazing young people.  

I am proud to report that CHCI is significantly impacting the lives of more than 320 young Latinos each year, all of whom are poised to contribute to nation’s future in countless ways.  As a result, the CHCI Alumni Association now has 2,721 members and as we celebrate the 15th Anniversary, our Quinceañera, we are positioning the organization for the future to better serve you, accommodate our growth, and continue developing the leaders our community and nation need at a critical time. 

Last but not least, I urge you to join us at the CHCI Public Policy Conference during Hispanic Heritage Month, from September 30 to October 2.  Stay tuned for email updates on the Conference’s Alumni Events. For more information, visit hhm.chci.org.



Luis E. Campillo

CHCI Alumni Association President  

Get Involved

There are many ways for CHCI alumni to stay connected, engaged, and involved with CHCI. You can make new friends, establish a new career network, lean new things, and help build a future of the CHCI Alumni Association.


Tap into the CHCI Alumni Association's vast network of Latino leaders across sectors and industries, and engage in valuable networking and lifelong learning opportunities.


In honor of our 15th Anniversary this year, consider donating to the CHCI Alumni Association to help develop the next generation of Latino leaders. To donate online, click here.


Volunteer to be a mentor or review applications for any of our programs: High School Latino Leaders in DC; Ready to Lead; College Internships, Public Policy and Graduate Fellowships; Scholarships


To learn more, please contact Janet Arias, Senior Manager of Alumni Relations,  at jarias@chci.org or (202) 548-8798.

¡Felicidades! to CHCI Alumni Around the Country

Jenny Alcaide, 2009-2010 Fellow, received the 2013 32BJ Training Fund Scholarship to attend Cardozo Law School at Yeshiva University.
Jennifer Cardoza, Fall 2011 Intern, was awarded the Boren Scholarship Award for International Study to pursue her studies in Seoul, South Korea.
Cosmo Latina recently published "Leaving My War-Torn Country", a three-part autobiographical story by Fabiola Carrion, 2001-2002 Fellow.
Darius Echeverria, PhD, 1998 Intern and Dean at Columbia and Faculty at Rutgers University, will publish his first book, prospectively titled Aztlan Arizona, in 2013 through the University of Arizona Press.
Roberto Fierro, 2008-2009 Fellow and Program Coordinator for the CHCI-AA Executive Board, founded Institute for Student Health (ISH) with his wife Natalie; ISH recently received a $2,000 grant for their “Hands-on Gardening Programs” from Capital Cause.
Jacquelyn Gonzalez, Spring 2013 Intern, was recently awarded the Kettering Public Administration Fellowship by the U.S. Department of the Interior. 
The research of Miryam Granthon-Gerdine, 1995-1996 Fellow, will be featured in the poster session at the upcoming American Evaluation Conference, following the publication of her work on the HIT and Disparities report by the HHS in May 2013.
Amilcar Guzman, 2008-2009 Fellow and Vice President of the CHCI-AA Executive Board, recently co-authored an article in the May-June 2013 issue of ABOUT CAMPUS entitled, “Higher Education as a Locus of Social Justice Activity and Learning”. He also recently accepted an Adjunct Professor position at Trinity Washington University,
Washington, DC.

Andrea Martini, 2002 Summer Intern, recently accepted an Adjunct Professor position at Broward College, Miami, FL, where she will be teaching immigration law. She was also elected Second Vice President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association South Florida Chapter in May 2013.


CHCI-AA Welcomes JUNIOR ALUMNI to the Nuestra Familia

We are excited to welcome our new Junior Alumni to the CHCI Alumni Association. Junior Alumni are all those who have completed the 2013 R2L Next Gen Program (formerly the High School Latino Leadership in DC Program).

Read about our August 2013 Junior Alumni of the Month, Katherine Barahona and Jasmine Palomares. 


To read full issues of the CHCI-AA Alumni eQuarterly Newsletter, click the links below:

CHCI-AA Q2-2013

CHCI-AA Q1-2013