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Chris Johnson State Local Government November 30 2000 Interest Groups Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Inc The Congressional Hispanic Caucus was organized in 1976 by five 5 Hispanic Congressmen Herman Badillo NY Baltasar Corrada PR E Kika de la Garza TX Henry B Gonzalez TX and Edward Roybal CA to monitor legislative and other 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 that the needs of Hispanics were being met The founders goal was to work in conjunction with other groups both inside and outside Congress to strengthen the Federal commitment to Hispanic citizens and heighten the Hispanic communitys awareness of the operation and function of the American political system It was the intention of these five 5 congressmen to develop educational programs and other activities that would increase the opportunities for Hispanics to participate in and contribute to the American political system To carry out such programs the Members of Congress established a private non-partisan non-profit organization In 1978 the members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus CHS established a 501c3 non-profit organization to serve as an educational institute whose programs would serve the national Hispanic community The mission of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute CHCI is to develop the nest generation of Latino leaders Their vision is an educated and civically active Latino community who participates at the local state and federal policy decision-making levels CHCI seeks to accomplish its mission by offering educational and leadership development programs services and activities that promote the growth of participants as effective professionals and strong leaders In the spirit of building coalitions CHCI seeks to establish partnerships with other Latino and non-Latino organizations Today the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Inc has developed into an organization whose programs are designed to increase the participation of young Hispanics
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