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