Congressional Hispanic Caucus to visit UTPA
Contact: Scott Maier, Senior Editor 381-3639
Posted: 02/20/2001
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The University of Texas-Pan American will host the first-ever South Texas visit by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), a group comprised of Hispanic members of Congress and corporate leaders dedicated to providing educational programs for Hispanic college and postgraduate students.

Several events are planned during the annual retreat by the board of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, whose efforts complement the University's mission to be the premier higher education institution in South Texas through excellence in instruction, student performance, research, scholarly accomplishment and professional service.

"I hope that everyone will help me in welcoming the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute to South Texas," said Congressman and CHCI member Ruben Hinojosa (D-Mercedes). "This is a great opportunity for our region to showcase our uniqueness and successes."

Seven members of Congress and CHCI staff will participate in a Wednesday workshop, "Developing the Next Generation of Latino Leaders," 2:30-4 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. This workshop will provide a tremendous opportunity to hear from national Hispanic leaders and learn about CHCI internships, fellowships and scholarships.

Led by Hinojosa, other panel participants include Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX), Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA), Rep. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA), Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) and Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA).

Thursday, the CHCI will meet from 8 a.m. to noon at the International Trade and Technology Building, with an introduction from UTPA President Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez.

"The University of Texas-Pan American is proud to host this prestigious, influential group of national Hispanic leaders," Nevárez said. "We're especially pleased that in addition to the retreat, Institute members will spend time with our student body, high school students and the community to address issues and receive input."

A 90-minute symposium on South Texas border issues with several members of Congress and more than 20 corporate representatives and community leaders follows from 1-2:30 p.m. at the University Ballroom. Roland S. Arriola, UTPA vice president for External Affairs, will provide an overview of the Valley's current tremendous economic growth.

The CHCI retreat concludes Thursday with a fund raiser from 7-9 p.m. at the home of prominent real estate developer and UTPA Foundation board member Alonzo Cantu in McAllen.

For more information, contact Rocio Gándara-Briones at 1-800-392-3532 or Dr. Gerald Brazier at 956/316-7938.