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Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute


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.




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


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.

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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.

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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...