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Maxwell Agreement with Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Expands Partnership

December 1, 2023

Participants in the organization’s leadership programs receive tuition discounts if admitted to one of several Maxwell programs.

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University has formalized an agreement with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) that expands a decades-long collaboration to promote public service careers and increase access to academic and certificate programs for CHCI leadership program participants.

Under a memorandum of understanding signed in October by Syracuse University Vice Chancellor and Provost Gretchen Ritter and CHCI President Marco A. Davis, the Maxwell School will continue to waive application fees and provide CHCI leadership program participants a 30 percent tuition discount on the minimum required credits for certain degree and certificate programs, including the top-ranked master of public administration (M.P.A.). Highly qualified candidates may receive additional tuition discounts.  

“We are thrilled to renew and expand this long-standing partnership that brings together the educational expertise of the Maxwell School with the talented young people and professionals participating in Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute programs,” says Maxwell Dean David M. Van Slyke. “Since this collaboration began, we have both benefited from this important partnership, expanding educational opportunities and expertise for emerging Latino leaders.”   

Located in the nation’s capital, the nonprofit CHCI provides leadership, public service and policy experiences to outstanding Latino students and young professionals. It convenes members of Congress and other elected officials, corporate executives, nonprofit advocates and thought leaders to discuss issues facing the Latino community and the nation. Its current leadership programs include the CHCI Postgraduate Fellowship, the Public Policy Fellowship, the Congressional Internship Program and the NextGen Latino Leadership Program. Application to CHCI programming is open to all those interested in making an investment in the Latino community or working on policies that affect the Latino population.

“Since this collaboration began, we have both benefited from this important partnership, expanding educational opportunities and expertise for emerging Latino leaders.”

Dean David M. Van Slyke

“CHCI is proud to partner with the Maxwell School, ensuring our program participants have access to a top national academic institution and dynamic programs that emphasize engaged citizenship” says Davis. “This is a great opportunity to support the next generation of Latino leaders who are eager to implement their ideas and gain skills to work in a variety of public service professions.”

While CHCI leaders will collaborate with their counterparts at Maxwell to identify opportunities to increase awareness and interest in public service careers, the Maxwell School will engage with prospective students through in-person visits and virtual events.

In addition to the M.P.A. program, the following Maxwell academic programs are included in the agreement: master of arts in international relations (M.A. (IR)); dual M.P.A./M.A. (IR)master of arts in public diplomacy and global communicationsexecutive master of public administration; and executive master’s in international relations (E.M.I.R.). The E.M.I.R. is offered in Syracuse and through the Maxwell-in-Washington program based at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

The certificate of advanced study in public leadership and management, which is offered in Syracuse, Washington, D.C., and online, is also included in the agreement.

More information on programs and how to apply is available on the Maxwell School’s website.

Published in the Spring 2024 issue of the Maxwell Perspective

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