CHSA- Congressional Hispanic Staff Association

CHSA 2013: A Year in Review

CHSA had a very successful year in 2013.  The organization provided numerous sessions with members of congress and senators, professional development workshops, and networking events.  CHSA would like to thank its 2014-2015 Executive Board for its outstanding programming. The 2014-2015 Executive Board will build upon the amazing work that has been accomplished.

A Look Back at 2013

Professional Development

CHSA focused on the Latino employment pipeline.  We hosted a well-attended employment series focused on teaching potential applicants and current staffers on how to market ones skills.

  1. Resume Building Workshop
  2. How Does Your Resume Measure Up?
  3. Self Yourself in an Informational Interview
  4. Anatomy of a Cover Letter

Because of this, we now have resumes in our Resume Bank that exude professionalism, capability, and eagerness to take higher policy positions. Due to our collective efforts, today more Congressional offices are coming to CHSA for hire candidates.

 

Mentorship Program

In an effort to promote career advancement, the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association coordinates a mentoring program that matches its members with senior congressional staff and other experienced Washington D.C. professionals. Through the program, CHSA members have the opportunity to build professional, one-on-one relationships that help them advance their careers on Capitol Hill and beyond.

We kicked off our Mentorship program this June with Congressman Tony Cardenas addressing the House Room full of Hispanic Staffers and their mentors. This event was followed by a Happy Hour at the 201 Bar–drinks were on us.

Trailblazers

This year, CHSA hosted three Trailblazers giving you the opportunity to meet face-to-face with members of Congress. Despite having to cancel two trailblazers due to the federal shutdown–Senator Kaine and Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer–CHSAmembers still met with Senators Mark Warner and Martin Heinrich and Congressman Raul Ruiz. Here are a few of our favorite quotes:

Senator Warner

 

One piece of advice that I’ll leave you with is that you must recognize the power of your presence. If you don’t, no one else will.”

 

Senator Heinrich

“If elected officials want to win the Hispanic vote they just can’t parachute in. You have to build relationships. You need genuine engagement.”

 

Congressman Ruiz

 

“Politics without policy is just a sport. Policy without politics is just a lecture.”

 

Foreign Service Panel

In early June, CHSA members overwhelmingly participated in our Foreign Service Panel. Folks were able to learn more about American diplomacy through the eyes and compelling stories of those who represent U.S. interests around the world.

There were also smaller round table discussions to allow more intimacy than the typical panel set up. Books and insight for taking the foreign service exam were also be available free of charge to those who RSVP’d.

On the left is Ambassador Lino Gutierrez. Ambassador Gutiérrez. His 29-year career inthe Department of State included service as Ambassador to Argentina and Nicaragua, Acting Assistant Secretary of State in Western Hemisphere Affairs, and International Affairs Advisor at the National War College. He also served in the Dominican Republic, Portugal, Haiti, France and the Bahamas.

To the right is Ambassador Charles A. Ray. Ambassador Ray is currently the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe. He joined the Department of State in 1982 and held several positions such as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy inFreetown, Sierra Leone. He also served in the Department of State Political Military Affairs Bureau, and worked in the U.S. Consulate General Offices in Guangzhou and Shenyang, China. In 1998 he became the first U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh Cityin Vietnam.

Lideres

 

In addition to Trailblazers, which feature members of Congress, CHSA’s Lideres program offers our members the opportunity to meet Administration officials and influentials in higher level position in both Congress and the Administration (and we are crossing our fingers for a panel with Justice Sotomayor). This year we hosted Chiefs of Staff from Senators Corker and Warner and Congressman Joaquin Castro. Here’s a brief profile with quotes from a Lideres panel that stood out in particular:

 

Luis Miranda

As Former Director of Hispanic Media, Luis Miranda led the White House’s unprecedented efforts to reach out to Hispanic media nationally, coordinating with all federal agencies on promoting the President’s agenda with the Hispanic community.

 

-“When you allow others to write the narrative you forfeit all control over what’s written. Be the author.”
-“We need to create better structured pipelines that funnel talented individuals from underrepresented communities into the press and communication world.”
(photo: www.whitehouse.gov)

 

Social Activities

In keeping with CHSA tradition, CHSA kept competitive by fielding two teams in 2013: our kickball team and the Enchiladas Softball team.

To add to our fun list of Social Activities while still keeping it professional, CHSA hosted various Happy Hours at executive lounges and rooftops throughout DC.


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The Congressional Hispanic Staff Association (CHSA) is an official, non-partisan, bicameral Congressional Staff Organization, recognized by the Committee on House Administration, whose mission is to recruit, retain, and advance Hispanic staffers in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.