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through innovative leadership development and academic research



Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute 


Cisneros scholars pose as a group on the steps of the Smith Center


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.





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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



Caminos al Futuro decisions will be released by April 15th! 

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

Philanthropist and U.S. Congressman Gil Cisneros, BA ’94, speaking at a recent event celebrating the GW Cisneros scholars.

For Alumnus Gil Cisneros, A Mission to Make a Difference

Philanthropist and U.S. Congressman Gil Cisneros, BA ’94, was a first-generation college student. Now he’s helping young people write their own education success stories.
Actress and activist Eva Longoria Bastón sitting on stage with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Justice Sonia Sotomayor Visits GW

At an event co-sponsored by the Cisneros Institute and hosted by actress Eva Longoria Bastón, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor discussed her journey to the nation’s highest court.