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through innovative leadership development and academic research



Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute


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The Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute draws on the intellectual strength of the George Washington University and the resources of the nation’s capital to cultivate citizen scholars and innovative research focused on the Latino community. Research produced by the institute examines current issues facing our country to encourage diverse perspectives in national dialogue and decision-making, while the Institute’s robust curriculum in leadership and professional development prepares high-achieving students to make a difference and become the leaders of their generation. Learn more about us.



Explore the Institute's Academic Programs

The Institute creates leadership development programs for high school, college, and early career professionals that emphasize Hispanic/Latino cultural intelligence.

Explore the Institute's Research

The Institute supports and produces research on Hispanics/Latinos in the United States with a specific emphasis on four priority areas: Higher Education, Access, Economic Equity, and Well-Being.



Caminos al Futuro



The application deadline for our annual, all-expenses-paid summer program for rising high school seniors has passed for 2020. Keep an eye out for more information on our 2021 Summer program so you don't miss this unique opportunity to learn about Latinos in the heart of Washington, DC! 



Recent News

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Rep. Joaquín Castro discusses politics and his youth at webinar

A congressman spoke about his own upbringing and gave advice to students on becoming politically active at our first session of Diálogos Hispanos.
Photo of the building of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Dissecting the Supreme Court Decision on DACA

The Executive Director of GW’s Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute answers questions about what the court’s ruling means for DACA recipients.