Academic Programming. Innovative Research. Latinos Front and 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 bring together innovative research focused on the Latino community and culturally competent academic programming and student support.
The Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute’s work focuses on four intersecting priority areas that impact the advancement of Hispanics/Latinos in the United States:
Higher education is important for advancing into the country's leadership. Latinos must be represented in all levels of institutions and have the support to thrive while there.
In order for Latinos to advance they must have access to opportunities, to aspiration and to the sites of power.
To promote economic equity, we have to open pathways that have traditionally been limited to privileged spaces and think more expansively about the costs of achievement.
We understand well-being as the holistic consideration of social, emotional and physical factors that impact our daily experiences and, ultimately, our success.
"I have always believed that since this university is the nation’s university, the students should reflect the nation’s population. As more students realize their dreams of higher education, GW will be able to educate the next group of citizen leaders — just as President Washington once envisioned."
Founder, Cisneros Institute
To increase the potential of our students to be citizen scholars who graduate with the tools to serve and lead in their communities while producing innovative research that informs our nation’s dialogue and decision-making about issues and their impact on the Latino community.
The Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute aspires to be the model in higher education for innovative leadership development and academic research that includes and elevates Latino voices.
Through an emphasis on “cultural intelligence,” the Cisneros Institute leverages research and innovative, culturally-competent approaches to leadership development to helps participants of all ages grow into citizen scholars, ready to engage, lead and make a difference in the world. For partners, media and policymakers, the Cisneros Institute is the nexus of scholarship and community engagement, offering data-driven research and analysis that facilitates creative approaches to the most pressing contemporary policy issues.