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Hispanic Heritage Month:

October 14, 2013

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Name: The United States Hispanic Leadership Institute

Founded: April 1982 in Chicago

USHLI Founders USHLI Founders (Clockwise): Hank Lacayo; Juan Andrade Jr.; Willie Velasquez and Rey B. Gonzalez

The United States Hispanic Leadership Institute was founded as the Midwest Voter Registration Education Project, with the mission to empower and educate Hispanics about participating in the electoral process, and became USHLI in December 1996. The national, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization leads voter registration and leadership development programs.

Its founders were Rey Gonzalez, Hank Lacayo, the late Willie Velasquez, and Juan Andrade Jr. The latter is one of only two U.S. Hispanics to receive a Presidential Medal for the performance of exemplary deeds of service for the nation.

USHLI holds an annual conference, now in its 30th year, to train Hispanic leaders by promoting “education, unity, leadership development, and servant leadership,” according to the USHLI website.

“We’re still seriously underrepresented. There are still cities that are trying to elect their first (Hispanic) city council member and school board,” Mr. Andrade told HispanicBusiness in 2011. “We should be electing second-generation members of city council. I’m not satisfied at all, but we know what we do works. But it’s going to take a lot more work, and we’re going to need more help in getting the job done.”

USHLI also hosts training programs for current and future Hispanic leaders by offering a series of leadership development programs, including civic education, college fairs for high school students, and training on how to formulate, implement and influence public policy.

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