Thousands from around the country and across the globe gathered in Washington, D.C. on September 13-15, 2016 for the nation’s premier events commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month—CHCI’s Public Policy Conference and Annual Awards Gala. This year’s theme, EDUCATE. ENGAGE. VOTE, focused on how American Latinos are engaging in the political process and ensuring they are represented at the highest levels when decisions are made that affect the Hispanic community.
Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) is celebrated every year in the United States from September 15 to October 15. To commemorate this important annual celebration of the Latino community, CHCI convenes more than 4,000 attendees from across the country at events held in Washington, D.C. Our 2016 HHM events were held September 13-15, 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Several of CHCI’s Hispanic Heritage Month events, including the 39th Annual Awards Gala with special guests President Barack Obama and Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, were broadcast live thanks to the generous support of Hyundai.
All proceeds from CHCI’s Hispanic Heritage Month events benefit our award-winning and nationally acclaimed programs—Ready to Lead, R2L NextGen, scholar-intern programs, internships, and fellowships—that not only transform the lives of the participants, but also create pathways to success that profoundly increase the contributions Latino youth make to their families, communities, and our society.
The Public Policy Conference examines critical policy areas affecting the Latino community and the nation, such as civic engagement, homeland security, healthcare, criminal justice reform, economic empowerment, immigration, and beyond. The conference draws over 2,000 attendees, including national leaders, elected officials, corporate executives, community activists, educators, entertainers, and media personalities.
CHCI’s Annual Awards Gala is the largest and most prestigious gathering in the Hispanic community bringing together 2,500 guests from across the country including presidential candidates, cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, celebrities, corporate executives, and nonprofit leaders. All Gala Events require a donation (via our registration page) or invitation to gain admission.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), a nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization, provides leadership development programs and educational services to students and young emerging leaders. The CHCI Board of Directors is comprised of Hispanic members of Congress, nonprofit, union, and corporate leaders. CHCI does not attempt to influence legislation and does not employ or retain lobbyists.
The views or opinions of awardees, speakers, or guests throughout CHCI's Hispanic Heritage Month events do not reflect the views or policies of CHCI.
Learn more at www.chci.org.
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