Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Hosts the 2014 Young Latino Leaders Summit Series Today

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Hosts the 2014 Young Latino Leaders Summit Series Today

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the nation's premier Latino youth leadership development and educational services organization, and its 2013-14 class of CHCI Graduate Fellows will host the 2014 Young Latino Leaders Summit Series today and tomorrow, April 8 and 9 on Capitol Hill. Members of Congress, national leaders, and subject matter experts will participate on eight diverse panels featuring in-depth discussions addressing some of the most critical issues facing the Latino community today. The Fellows will also present white papers on the topic of each panel in the areas of secondary and higher education, health, housing, law, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math).

"This class of fellows has worked very hard to create insightful and powerful white papers on issues we all should be talking about to improve our communities," said Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO. "The panels the fellows will convene enhance their research with thought-provoking discussions with members of Congress and the foremost leaders in their respective fields of work."

What: CHCI 2014 Young Latino Leaders Summit Series

Who: CHCI 2013-14 Graduate Fellows

  • Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, CHCI Chair
  • Rep. Tony Cardenas
  • Rep. Ted Deutch
  • Rep. Raúl Grijalva
  • Rep. Luis Gutierrez
  • Rep. Ben Ray Luján
  • Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard

When: April 8th 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Capitol Visitor Center Rooms SVC 208 & SVC 209

April 9th 11:30 am - 3:00 pm

Rayburn House Office Building Room 2456

For more information on speakers and panelists and to RSVP, please visit the CHCI 2014 Young Latino Leaders Web page.

Young Latino Leaders Summit Series Agenda
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - Capitol Visitor Center
Room SVC 208

Secondary Education, Health, and Law Graduate Summits

11:30 am - 12:45 pm

What Does Common Core Mean for English Language Learners?
Moderated by CHCI Secondary Education Graduate Fellow Norma Salazar-Ibarra
Featuring Rep. Raul GrijalvaThe implementation of Common Core Standards by 45 states and the District of Columbia will mean that students will be held to higher standards in English and math. The implementation of high standards seeks to prepare all students to be better equipped to pursue higher education and/ or enter the workforce. Currently, 9.8% of students attending public schools in the United States participate in English Language Learners (ELL) programs and 80% are Latino. Research suggests that 18.7% of ELLs currently perform academically above the norm and roughly 10% of ELLs in grades 7-12 are retained. As public schools begin to adopt the Common Core State Standards, it is imperative that we explore the impact they will have on ELL students. This panel will examine the impact of the implementation of Common Core State Standards on the educational outcomes of English Language Learners.

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm


1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Well-being y Bienestar: Innovation in School-Based Nutrition Programs in Order to Battle Latino Childhood ObesityModerated by CHCI-PepsiCo Foundation Health Graduate Fellow Daphne Delgado
Featuring Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard

Federal-level nutrition policies, specifically the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), give states the resources to provide meals to needy children during the school day. Despite these resources, children have a hard time eating healthy meals at school and too many children, especially Latino youth, are overweight or obese. Since more than 35 percent of children's and adolescents' daily caloric intake happens during the school day, childhood nutrition programs are incredibly influential in a child's overall health. This summit will bring together experts who can discuss current school-based and culturally-appropriate innovations, models, and strategies aimed at reducing childhood obesity.

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Addressing the Detention System as a Step Towards Meaningful Immigration Reform
Moderated by CHCI Law Graduate Fellow Carolina Rizzo
Featuring Reps. Luis Gutierrez and Ted Deutch

According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, most Americans-regardless of their political affiliation-agree that the immigration system should be reformed. However, there is no consensus as to the magnitude of the change needed or the key features that a functional immigration system should include. One of the issues that immigration reform should address is the current detention policy employed by the United States. Immigration detention has become the fastest growing detention system in the United States with deportations reaching record levels of approximately 400,000 per year. This summit will bring together experts who can discuss and offer solutions to current issues in the immigration detention system, including detention conditions, spending on immigration detention and the DHS detention bed quota, Alternatives to detention programs, and the use of detention as a primary tool for immigration law enforcement.

Young Latino Leaders Summit Series Agenda
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - Capitol Visitor Center
Room SVC 209

Housing and Higher Education Graduate Summits

11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Housing Finance Reform and the Future of the Latino Homeowner
Moderated by CHCI Housing Graduate Fellow Scott Astrada
Featuring Rep.Tony Cárdenas

The housing market has been on a slow and steady path of recovery, defined by decreased foreclosure rates and rising housing prices. This recovery, while moving forward, is at the cross roads for reform. The Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) are in conservatorship, funneling money to the U.S. Treasury, but their place as government guarantors is still ambiguous, which is the single most determinant to housing market stability and investment. Congress has significant decisions to make. A new system could provide credit to a broad and diverse population, offer safe investment opportunities to a wide range of investors, and result in a larger, more stable housing market; or alternatively, it could create an environment in which credit and housing choices are more costly, more limited, and less sustainable, especially for minority and low- and moderate-income households, and where there are fewer opportunities for investors who do not seek credit risk.

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