Hugo Jacobo Named 2011 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc. (CHCI) Intern
Hometown: Chicago, IL
School: Northern Illinois University
Major: Political Science
Placement: The Office of Rep. Luis Gutierrez
Hugo Jacobo is a second generation Mexican-American born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He is currently pursuing a degree in political science with a double minor in Latino and Latin American studies and Spanish at Northern Illinois University. Hugo's interest in public policy and social issues in the Latino community has led to his involvement in a variety of advocacy organizations and research programs. In his freshman year, Hugo joined the multicultural professional fraternity, Omega Delta, Inc., where he gained valuable leadership skills, a strong brotherhood network and later received the "Young Leader Award".
Also as an undergraduate, Hugo co-founded a student-led organization called Dream Action NIU in order to assist current and potential undocumented students at his university. After its first year, the organization was able to fund four scholarships and significantly raise campus awareness of the obstacles undocumented immigrants face in the U.S. He has proved to be an active student leader on campus as he has sat in various student advisory committees, including for the Political Science department and the Latino Resource Center, is currently a peer advisor for the Honors Program, and leads the Model Illinois Government club as vice-president.
In 2009, Hugo had the opportunity to intern for a leading immigrant rights organization, National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities, where he gained valuable insight to non-profit management as well as legislative policy research.
As a CHCI intern, he hopes to grow as a leader and learn more about the legislative process. Upon graduating, Hugo plans to earn a Master's degree in public policy and work for a think tank or a non-profit organization in order to further assist our marinalized communities.
Read about Hugo in NIU Today.