Organizational Partners

ASPIRA Association, Inc.

The ASPIRA Association, Inc. is the only national nonprofit organization devoted solely to the education and leadership development of Puerto Rican and other Latino youth.

The ASPIRA Association promotes the empowerment of the Puerto Rican and Latino community by developing and nurturing the leadership, intellectual, and cultural potential of its youth so that they may contribute their skills and dedication to the fullest development of the Puerto Rican and Latino community everywhere. Based on this philosophy, the ASPIRA Association has defined its mission as follows:

To empower the Puerto Rican and Latino community through advocacy and the education and leadership development of its youth.

Asociaciόn Programa Cambio

Asociaciόn Programa Cambio is affiliated with Centro de Estudios y Estrategias en Adicciones. Escuela de Salud Publica. Facultad de Medicina. Universidad Nacional de Cordoba. While serving 1200 Hispanic individuals, Programa Cambio has worked to promote healthy drug free lifestyles. This is being achieved by providing drug dependence research, treatment and drug use prevention. This goal is directed by a board of directors and a therapeutic team.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

The mission of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) is to develop the next generation of Latino leaders. Our vision is an educated and civically active Latino community who participates at the local, state, and federal policy decision-making levels.

Today, CHCI has developed into an organization whose programs are designed to increase the participation of young Hispanics in both public and private sectors and to foster a network of young Hispanic leaders in government-related areas through the CHCI Alumni Association.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) was established in 1986 with a founding membership of eighteen institutions. HACU is the only national educational association that represents Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HISs). Today, HACU represents more than 400 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America and Spain.

Latino Social Workers Organization

The LSWO is an online organization for social workers to participate in sharing, learning, and networking.

LSWO provides members, students, colleagues, and the community with a number of tools and information in the area of social work. LSWO provides networking opportunities, news and information, information technology support, policy updates, a Job Bank, continuing education and mentoring programs for social work professionals as well as students and new professionals to the field of social work.

National Alliance for Hispanic Health

Mission: To improve the health and well-being of Hispanics.

The National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance) is the Nation’s oldest and largest network of Hispanic health and human services providers. Alliance members deliver quality services to over 12 million persons annually.

As the nation’s action forum for Hispanic health and well-being, the programs of the Alliance: Inform and mobilize consumers; Support providers in the delivery of quality care; Promote appropriate use of technology; Improve the science base for accurate decision making; and, Promote philanthropy.

National Council of La Raza

The National Council of La Raza – the largest national constituency-based Hispanic organization and the leading voice in Washington, DC for the Hispanic community – is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization established to reduce poverty and discrimination and improve life opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Four major functions provide essential focus to the organization’s work: capacity-building assistance; applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy; public information efforts; and special and international projects. These functions complement NCLR’s work in five key strategic priorities—education, assets/investment, economic mobility, health, and media/image/civil rights.

National Latina/o Psychological Association

The mission of the National Latina/o Psychological Association is to generate and advance psychological knowledge and fosters its effective application for the benefit of the Hispanic/Latino population.


The mission of CICAD is to reduce production, trafficking and use and abuse of drugs. As an integral part of the CICAD, the Observatory on Drugs offers a network that provides current and reliable information on drug use and abuse so that members are able to design policies and programs that specifically target substance abuse issues. In order to achieve this goal, the Observatory on Drugs promotes improvement of data collection and analysis through standardization of these methods along with providing scientific and technical training among professionals. The Observatory on Drugs has three ongoing funded projects that amplify their mission. They include:

  • REDLA – links researchers in Latin America with those in the US- NIDA funded
  • SIDU – estimates prevalence and incidence rates of drug use in Latin America (United States, Department of State, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement).
  • Program to Estimate the Social and Economic Impact of Drugs in the Americas (Health Canada).
    Sociedad Española de Toxicoman

Sociedad Española de Toxicomanías

SET was organized in 1988 in order to exchange and promote knowledge between national and international professionals in drug abuse. SET’s outreach to its 426 members can be visualized in National and International conferences, congress meeting bi-annually, and by offering training courses to professionals in the field of substance abuse. Funding for this organization comes from such organizations as Delegaciόn del Gobierno para el Plan Nacional sobre Ministerio de Educatiόn, Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo, NIDA and Uniόn Europea.

William C. Velasquez Institute

The William C. Velásquez Institute (WCVI) is a tax-exempt, non-profit, non-partisan organization chartered in 1985. The purpose of WCVI is to conduct research aimed at improving the level of political and economic participation in Latino and other underrepresented communities. WCVI holds a unique position among national Latino organizations. In its tradition of working with grassroots organizations, academic institutions and local elected officials, WCVI fills the gap between intellectual think tanks and community groups. WCVI conducts research in selected areas of concentration and follows up the implementation stages: WCVI translates ideas into research, research into education, education into policy advocacy and policy advocacy into action. WCVI was created:

  • To provide information to Latino leaders relevant to the needs of their constituents
  • To inform the Latino leadership and public about the impact of public and international policies on Latinos
  • To inform the Latino leadership and public about political opinions and behavior of Latinos