What’s happening in the atrium?


CHCI’s 2019 Hispanic Heritage Month themes of “You Count: Tú Cuentas” and “Familias Unidas” drive home the importance of Latinos owning their power to advance the Latino community and raise awareness of the crisis impacting migrant children and families.  Through our “Social Impact Lab” at the 2019 Leadership Conference, we seek to activate conference goers through a community service activity, where they will help assemble backpack care packages with water bottles, toiletries, and other resources for those in need.

CHCI is proud to partner with the following organizations to distribute our backpacks throughout the DC-metro area:


In line with our commitment to promote access to opportunities for Latino leaders, CHCI is proud to feature select exhibitors at its 2019 Leadership Conference, including government agencies, corporate partners, nonprofit advocates, and academic institutions. Stop by and get the latest information on job openings, educational opportunities, and learn how to engage on issues that matter to Latinos everywhere.

Carnegie Mellon University – Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy

Center for Responsible Lending

Clark County School District

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

Conference of Minority Transportation Officials

Corazon Latino/Poder LatinX

D.C. Child and Family Services Agency

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Democratic National Committee

Fulbright Program

Harvard Kennedy School

Hispanic Association for Colleges and Universities

Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Office of the Director of the National Intelligence

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

U.S. Census Bureau

Union of Concerned Scientists of America

University of Virginia – Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

Women’s March Foundation


Back by popular demand, CHCI is excited to host the Headshot Studio at this year’s Leadership Conference. Due to the demand in 2018, we have added an a second professional photographer to avoid lines and wait time.  The Headshot Studio will be located on the Mezzanine Level of the Atrium, and open most(*) conference hours on a first-come, first-served basis.

*Please be sure to check the on-site schedule.


Each day of the conference there will be a new opportunity to win round trip travel for two!  Enter the drawing by filling out the required form at the conference and depositing in the Southwest®– branded receptacle.  The drawing will take place at the end of each conference day and the winner will be announced at the closing sessions.  You must be present to win, and must be 19 years of age, or older at the time of the drawing.  All drawing rules will be provided on-site.


In partnership with Walton Family Foundation, CHCI is excited to bring the AltaMed art exhibit, Affirmation/Celebration: Art of the People, By the People, For the People, reflecting the joys and accomplishments of the Latinx experience through the compelling artistic vision of historically-significant Latinx artists.

Although born from El Movimiento (the social justice movement of the 1970s), Latinx art has evolved beyond just marking the conflicts with Anglo society. Over the course of five decades, this original school of American art has grown into its own as a premier form of creative expression, as well as a continued method for affecting social change for many in the Latinx community throughout the United States.

Latinx art includes flaunting and celebrating the myriad aspects of its culture by presenting positive portrayals of daily life. From the celebration of pachuco culture, as seen in Ignacio Gomez’s famous illustration for Luiz Valdez’ 1978 hit play Zoot Suit to John Valadez’s photographic silkscreen of the couple, Clavo & Alice: young, modern, capable. David Botello’s Hollenbeck Park is an Arcadian urban landscape of Sunday park visitors, including a family dressed for a christening, quinceañera, or boda (wedding) alongside an elotero (corn vendor). While, Pepe Serna’s Honeymoon is a playful seaside full-moon idyll.

Carmen Lomas Garza portrays vital events in Latinx life with her contrasting Quinceanera and Baile. Both celebrating a singular social intimacy. And, Wayne Alaniz Healy’s Bolero Familiar conveys a similar domestic closeness and family and friends gather, playing music. 

This exhibition brings together a selection of prints from the AltaMed Art Collection, Los Angeles, reflecting the joys and accomplishments of the Latinx experience through the compelling artistic vision of historically-significant Latinx artists. Although unique in their artistic methodology, each artist encapsulates the mirth and merriment of not just the subject itself, but the existence and importance of Latinx culture, which is shared and experienced by all Americans.

  • Social Impact Lab
  • Tradeshow Tables
  • Headshot Lounge
  • Southwest Lounge and Chance Drawing
  • Art Exhibit
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