The Greater Dallas Region of the National Hispanic Institute was started in 2006. We are a student lead organization whose mission is to engage Latino youth in leadership opportunities while developing a community investor mindset.


Dallas NHI partners with 20+ high schools within the DFW metroplex to work with the brightest students across the region. These students attend student-led training sessions to prepare them for the leadership programs they will compete in each summer. We believe that the training and participation at NHI’s summer programs develop students with high integrity, professionalism, ethics, and values. We provide life changing learning experiences that develop leadership capacities to better engage in Latino community life.


Bishop Dunne Catholic School; Dallas, TX

Bishop Lynch Catholic High School; Dallas, TX

Coppell High School; Coppell, TX

Hillcrest High School; Dallas, TX

JBS Law Magnet (Townview Magnet); Dallas, TX

Jesuit College Preparatory; Dallas, TX

John Paul II Catholic High School; Plano, TX

Liberty High School; Frisco, TX

South Grand Prairie High School; Grand Prairie, TX

School of Health Professions (Townview Magnet); Dallas, TX

TAG Magnet (Townview Magnet); Dallas, TX

Uplift Heights Preparatory; Dallas, TX

Uplift Luna Preparatory; Dallas, TX

Uplift Peak Preparatory; Dallas, TX

Uplift Williams Preparatory; Dallas, TX

Ursuline Academy; Dallas, TX

Mariah Morales

Co Project Administrator

A Grand Prairie Native and alumni of Bishop Dunne Catholic High School, Mariah participated in all NHI programs while in high school. 2008 Great Debate Mock Trial (Sweet Sixteen), 2009 National LDZ Supreme Court Justice, 2010 Northeast CWS. Upon graduation, Mariah attended NYU, then transferred back home to attend SMU. She is now a Project Coordinator for a tech start up company in Dallas and volunteers her time giving back to the Dallas community through NHI.

George Rodriguez

co project administrator

George Rodriguez is a volunteer parent who began his participation with NHI in 1984. As a product of DISD, George attended the Texas LDZ in Austin and continued to volunteer with NHI as a counselor. He is an alum of the University of Notre Dame and graduate of SMU law school. George is now a member of the Board of Trustees and Of-Counsel to NHI. Along with his wife Michelle, George is the Educational Director for the Texas LDZ. He and his wife practice immigration law in Dallas and both of their children participate and volunteer in NHI programs.

Sarah Sandoval

co head coach

Sarah is a junior at Townview School for the Talented & Gifted. She has participated in NHI since her freshman year of high school. 2017 Great Debate Oratory Champion, 2018 California LDZ top-performing attorney, 2019 Northeast CWS. Sarah has earned the role of Head Coach for the Dallas Region of NHI. Her top two schools of interest are Notre Dame as well as Austin college. She would like to pursue political science along with some courses in marketing and management as an undergrad before attending law school. Sarah hopes to one day open up her own law firm and work her way into the political scene!

Fabian Valerio

co head coach

A junior at Townview School for the Talented & Gifted, Fabian has participated in NHI since his freshman year of high school. 2017 Great Debate Cross Examination, 2018 California LDZ Supreme Court Justice, 2019 Northeast CWS. Fabian has now earned the role of Head Coach for the Dallas Region of NHI. He aspires to attend either Purdue University, Rice University, or SMU to study engineering. Fabian also has a passion for policy and politics. After college he would like to work in Mechanical Engineering, later becoming involved in local politics, with the possibility of running for national positions!

Volunteer Directors & Student Staff

Mia Morales
Director of Committees Junior; Bishop Dunne Catholic School

Zoe Rodriguez
Director of Community Engagement & Parent Committee; Junior; Bishop Dunne Catholic School

Brisa Salazar
Director of Finance & Administration; Junior; TAG Magnet

Anthony Saucedo
Director of Communications Junior; Bishop Dunne Catholic School

Paul Contreras
Parent Committee; Sophomore

Karla Pesina
Parent Committee; Sophomore

Hector Lopez
Community Engagement; Sophomore

Alejandra Caballero
Director of Mock Trial; Junior; TAG Magnet

Christine Camarillo
Director of Oratory; Junior; TAG Magnet

Elizabeth Castillo
Co-Director of Cross Examination; Sophomore; Bishop Dunne Catholic School

Leslie Compean
Co-Director of Cross Examination; Junior; LBS Law Magnet

Paulina Morales
Director of Extemporaneous Speaking; Junior; TAG Magnet

Paloma Figueroa
Communications; Sophomore

Andrea Reyes
Communications; Sophomore

Regina Romero-Garza
Communications; Junior

Carmen Rivera
Communications; Sophomore

Adrian Barajas
Finance & Administration; Junior

Cesar Rodriguez
Finance & Administration; Sophomore

Emilee Sanchez
Finance & Administration; Sophomore

Stephanie Torres
Finance & Administration; Sophomore

Blakely Cremer
Mock Trial; Sophomore

Ariana Palomo
Mock Trial; Sophomore

Francisco Villa
Mock Trial; Sophomore

Sawyer Cremer
Oratory; Sophomore

Jessica Sanchez
Oratory; Sophomore

Paloma Arellano
Cross Examination; Sophomore

Juliana Garcia
Cross Examination; Sophomore

Karen Luviano
Cross Examination; Sophomore

Natalia Michel
Cross Examination; Sophomore

Edgar Sanchez
Cross Examination; Sophomore

Stephanie Espinoza
Extemporaneous Speaking; Sophomore

Andrew Medina
Extemporaneous Speaking; Sophomore

Iñaki Romero-Garza
Extemporaneous Speaking; Sophomore