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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.



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February 11
The Latino Voice in News and Politics

A panel discussion looking at the diversity within the Latino community and how it is portrayed in the mainstream U.S. press.

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March 11
Diálogos Hispanos

Join us for a discussion with Emmy Award-winning director and justice reform advocate Roberto Hernández!

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April 2
Café Virtual: The Undocumented Immigrants

A conversation around The Undocumented Americans, a portrait of the undocumented experience in the 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.




Recent News

Research team standing together

GW Research Team Awarded Funding to Study Impact of Stress, Adversity on Latino/a Adolescents

This NIH-funded project combines public health, clinical psychology, sociology and public policy.
Former U.S. Rep. Gil Cisneros, B.A. ’94, here speaking at an event celebrating the GW Cisneros Scholars

Alumnus Gil Cisneros Named Undersecretary of Defense

A former U.S. congressman, Mr. Cisneros endowed the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute at GW.