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The United States Hispanic Leadership Institute
is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting
education, civic engagement, leadership development & research.

About the Institute


USHLI is a Chicago-based national, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization, and a member of the Board of Directors of HACR, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, and NHLA, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda.

Since May 1982, USHLI has worked to empower the Latino community and similarly disenfranchised groups by promoting education, leadership development, unity, and non-partisan civic participation. To that end, USHLI can claim:

  • 2.3 million newly registered voters
  • 425 reports published on Latino demographics in the Almanac of Latino Politics
  • 34 national conferences sponsored annually and attended by leaders representing 40 states
  • Over 800,000 present and future leaders have participated in our local and national leadership programs.

  • USHLI is led by Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr., one of only two Latinos in history to receive a Presidential Medal "for the performance of exemplary deeds of service for the nation" and "promoting leadership and civic participation," and the 11th Latino in history to be decorated by a U.S. President (Bill Clinton).

    In May 2011, Dr. Andrade became the 4th Latino in history to be decorated by both the government of Mexico and the government of the United States, when he received the Ohtli Award, Mexico’s highest honor presented to a civilian not living in Mexico “in recognition of his contributions to the empowerment of the Mexican and Mexican-American communities in the United States.” His predecessors include the late Cesar E. Chavez, the late Dr. Hector Garcia, and the late Mario Obledo.

    Dr. Andrade & Bill Clinton
    Dr. Andrade & Felipe Calderon

    Mission & History


    The mission of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) is to fulfill the promises and principles of democracy by promoting education, research, and leadership development, and empowering Latinos and similarly disenfranchised groups by maximizing their civic awareness, engagement, and participation.

    Institutional History

  • Incorporated Midwest Voter Registration Education Project - April 1982
  • Chartered Midwest Voter Registration Education Project - May 1982
  • 501 (c)(3) tax-exemption status granted - September 1982
  • 4945(f) letter of determination (advance ruling) received - September 1982
  • Became Midwest-Northeast Voter Registration Education Project - December 1987
  • Became United States Hispanic Leadership Institute - December 1996
  • USHLI is awarded the Corazon Award by Univision for outstanding commitment to community service and the empowerment of Hispanic community - February 2012


  • Executive Board


    Luis C. Caban
    Luis C. Caban
    Chairman

    USHLI Board of Directors

    Jose R. Ruano
    Jose R. Ruano
    Vice Chair

    USHLI Board of Directors

    Jacquelyn Puente
    Jacquelyn Puente
    Secretary-Treasurer

    Executive Director, External Affairs | Comcast Corporation

    Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr.
    Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr.
    President

    USHLI

    Esther R. Lopez
    Esther R. Lopez
    International Secretary-Treasurer

    UFCW International Union

    Henry G. Cisneros
    Henry G. Cisneros
    Chairman & CEO

    CityView

    Rey B. Gonzalez
    Rey B. Gonzalez
    President & CEO

    El Valor

    Robert Campos
    Robert Campos
    Partner

    Border Infrastructure Solutions

    Dr. Emma Sepulveda
    Dr. Emma Sepulveda
    Foundation Professor | University of Nevada, Reno

    Director | Latino Research Center

    Hon. John M. Haroldson
    Hon. John M. Haroldson
    Benton County District Attorney

    Benton County Courthouse

    Rudy P. Lopez
    Rudy P. Lopez
    Executive Director

    Interfaith Worker Justice

    George Muñoz
    George Muñoz
    Principal

    Muñoz Group

    Meet our team


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    About Our Annual Dinner


    Gregoryy Jones

    Dinner Chair

    Gregory Jones
    Managing Director, Diversity & Inclusion
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    Bill Richardson

    Featured Speaker

    Hon. Bill Richardson
    Former Governor
    New Mexico

    Event Details

    • Date: August 04, 2016

    • Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago
      151 East Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601

    • Dress Code: Business Formal

    • Parking: $32 for Valet Parking. Please see a USHLI staff member for a discount voucher

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    Dr. Juan and Ms. Elena Andrade



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    About The Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr.

    Scholarship For Young Hispanic Leaders


    Award: Students attending or accepted to an accredited undergraduate four-year institution are eligible for a $1000 scholarship to be paid in two payments throughout the academic year. Students attending or accepted to an accredited undergraduate two-year institution are eligible for a $500 scholarship to be paid in one payment during the 2017-2018 academic year. In addition, recipients will receive a scholarship to attend the 35th National USHLI Conference in Chicago, IL. Please note that this scholarship is awarded once only; past scholarship recipients are ineligible to apply.

    Qualifications: Applicant must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student, in an accredited four-year or two-year institution in the U.S. or U.S. territories, and demonstrate a verifiable need for financial support. At least one parent must be of Hispanic ancestry. Recipients must also be available to attend the 35th National USHLI Conference in Chicago, IL, February 16-19, 2017.

    Requirements

    • Deadline: December 31, 2016

    • Award: $500 - $1000

    • Required Materials: Background Essay; Leadership Essay; Optional Essay; Résumé; Portrait Picture; Transcript/s; and (3) Letters of Recommendation

    • Convocation: 35th USHLI National Conference

    • Location: Sheraton Chicago Grand Hotel
      301 E North Water St, Chicago, IL 60611

    • Registration Fee: Waived

    • Dress Code: Business Formal

    Application:

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