Image Collage: On left, Cisneros Scholars pose with Michelle Obama and Gil Cisneros. In middle, Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute Seal. On right, Dr. Elizabeth Vaquera moderates a panel with Latino speakers

News & Events

As part of our mission to elevate Latino voices at GW and beyond, the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute regularly hosts events centered on Latinos in the US. Cisneros scholars, faculty, and staff also contribute to opinion pieces, blogs, and articles about contemporary issues affecting Latinos. 

If you are interested in partnering with the Cisneros Insitute on an event, you can e-mail [email protected]


Upcoming Events

Upcoming events will be listed on this page when scheduled.





Past Events

Dialogos Hispanos with Roberto Hernandez

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

MWWI&R: Transnational Communities in the Smartphone Age

Dae Young Kim, a professor of Sociology at George Mason University to speak on the Korean Community in the Nation’s Capital, as part of the Metropolitan Washington Workshop on Immigration & Race series.

MWWI&R: The Violence of Dis/Investment

Tanya Golash-Boza, University of California-Merced, will present on her research as part of the Metropolitan Washington Workshop on Immigration & Race. 

MWWI&R: Salvadoran Migration to Washington, D.C.

Patrick Scallen, a professor of History at Georgetown University, spoke on Salvadoran Migration to Washington, D.C., as part of the Metropolitan Washington Workshop on Immigration & Race series.

Envisioning Change

Join Associate Director Trey Johnston and fellow GW Women's Studies alumni Gina Chirillo and Susan Markham for a discussion on the challenges and opportunities for change on issues related to women, gender, and sexuality in the United States and around the world. 

MWWI&R: Building Racial & Physical Walls: Black & Latinx Intertwined Histories & Destinies

Ernesto Castañeda presented his new book Building Racial & Physical Walls: Black & Latinx Intertwined Histories & Destinies.

MWWI&R: African 'Immigrants' in Early America?: Early African Migration to the United States

Nemata Blyden spoke about her book African Americans and Africa: A New History, which provides an introduction to the relationship between African Americans and the African Continent from the era of slavery to the present.

MWWI&R: Race, Class, and Politics in the Capuccino City

Derek Hyra spoke about his new book Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City. At the core of the book is the phrase “cappuccino city,” which refers to previously low-income, minority neighborhoods that are experiencing major demographic shifts caused by the influx of mid-to-upper income, white millennials.

Immigration Film Fest

The Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute has partnered with the Immigration Film Fest (IFF) to bring film makers, community leaders and policy makers together with films showcasing a full range of immigrant stories including migration, asylum seeking, refuge, acceptance, borders, resettlement and integration. In 2019, IFF has a thematic focus on the US-Mexico border and Latin America.

Learning to Be Latino

Join the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute for a talk with Dr. Daisy Verduzco Reyes on her recent book, Learning to Be Latino, to explore how students learn particular and unique lessons at their college about what it means to be Latino on campus and in America.

From Selectivity to Success: Latinos at Selective Institutions

Guest speaker Deborah A. Santiago will share Excelencia in Education’s preliminary findings regarding the success of Latino students at selective institutions. Attendees will engage in a dialogue regarding institutional efforts and strategies that can increase Latino student success in higher education.