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

McKinney High School; McKinney, 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.

Stephanie Espinoza

co head coach

A junior at the Townview School for the Talented and Gifted, Stephanie has been part of NHI since her freshman year of high school. She participated in the 2018 Texas Great Debate in Extemporaneous Speaking and at the 2019 Las Americas LDZ was recognized as the best orator of the Supreme Court Justice. She will continue her NHI journey this summer at the 2020 Northeast CWS. Stephanie has earned the role of Head Coach for the NHI Dallas Alliance. She would like to major in international studies with a concentration in comparative political, economic and social systems. Her top schools include George Washington University, American University, and the University of Richmond. She looks forward to staying involved with the community and one day starting her own NHI Alliance!

Iñaki Romero-Garza

co head coach

Iñaki is a junior at John Paul II High School in Plano, and has been a member of the NHI family since his freshman year of high school. He participated in Extemporaneous Speaking at the 2018 Texas Great Debate where he was a finalist for Atheneum and at the 2019 Las Americas LDZ earned the award for the Most Promising Male while a member of the Presidential cabinet. He will advance his NHI journey this summer at the 2020 Northeast CWS. Iñaki has earned the role of Head Coach for the NHI Dallas Alliance. He would like to major in Aerospace Engineering with a focus on piloting and aviation. His top schools include the United States Naval Academy and Air Force Academy, Purdue University, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He looks forward to staying involved with the community and one day serving his country as a pilot in the military!

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