Hispanic Educational Summit

Hispanic Educational Summit

The Hispanic Educational Summit is an initiative of the NCSHP to promote and disseminate information on the benefits of formal and higher education among the Hispanic youth of North Carolina.

IMG_2334 - CopyThere is a vital need to encourage Hispanic students to stay in school, excel in their studies and pursue higher education. The Summit has been planned, in part, to fulfill this need. As you know, educated Latino youth, who become acculturated role models, are a tremendous investment in North Carolina’s future. 

Our Summit is the largest educational conference in North Carolina for middle and high school Hispanic students. Over 14,000 students from schools in over 40 counties throughout North Carolina have participated in our annual summit initiative since 2000. The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute’s study “The New Latino South and the Challenge to Public Education” by Andrea Wainer highlights our summit initiative as: “Especially noteworthy is the NCSHP which organizes an annual statewide Hispanic educational summit“. 


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For a full recap of the 2018 Summit, check out the 2018 SUMMIT Commentary.

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If you are interested in participating in the Summit as a speaker, exhibitor, or sponsor, please contact us at mailbox@thencshp.org.



  • IMG_2330 - CopyTo serve as an outreach program to promote education among 7th – 12th grade Hispanic students utilizing workshops and presentations.
  • To motivate Hispanic students to excel at the highest potential in their studies through motivational talks by speakers who have achieved success in their professional careers.
  • To offer Hispanic students tips and information to acquire skills and develop strategies to improve their academic achievements.
  • To inform Hispanic students on educational opportunities and school programs in various community colleges and universities.


2019 Hispanic Educational Summit
Friday, March 29, 2019
North Carolina State University – McKimmon Center

8:00 – 9:45 AM    Opening Ceremony – Welcome & Keynote LectureIMG_4671
9:50 – 10:30 AM   Presentation/Workshop I
(Concurrent Sessions)
Exhibit Hall Visit by 11th-12th graders
10:40 – 11:20 AM  Presentation/Workshop II
(Concurrent Sessions)
Exhibit Hall Visit by 9th- 10th graders
11:30 – 12:15 PM  Lunch
12:25 – 1:05 PM  Presentation/Workshop III
(Concurrent Sessions)
Exhibit Hall Visit by 7th- 8th graders
1:10 – 2:30 PM    Closing Ceremony


Each year, the Summit features workshops and presentations on a variety of topics relevant to Hispanic students including:

* Life Skills                           
Healthy Mind, Healthy Body; Self-Esteem; Pregnancy Prevention and More!

* Career Planning
Science and Computers; Engineering; Health Careers; Real Estate; Media Communications; Accounting, Finance, and Banking; Bilingual Skills and More!

* Education Planning  
Graduation Requirements; Study Skills; School Resources; SAT Preparation and More!


The Summit also features an exhibit hall, it attracts over 40 exhibitors each year. Exhibits representing a variety of schools, businesses and organizations, are displayed to help students become aware of the educational, program and career opportunities available to them and give them resources. Exhibits can include:

Information on Academic Programs & Services; Community Colleges; Universities and Colleges; Educational Institutions; U.S. Armed Forces; Museums; Businesses; After School Programs and More!


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At each year’s Summit, we will ask ALL students and participants to help us raise money for the Students Helping Students Go to College” Fund. This Scholarship, established by the NC Hispanic College Fund, empowers students to contribute to and support the education of their peers. This year, students generously donated over $750 for NC Hispanic College fund! Our goal is to reach $1,000 this year!



GABE SALAZAR:  Motivational Youth Speaker Gabe Salazar overcame obstacles of poverty, gang influence, and hopelessness and is now a successful entrepreneur. He’s a highly sought-after speaker who has been inspiring teens, families, teachers and administrators with a message of hope and dreaming big for more than 15 years.

After being mentored by his high school principal, Gabe was rescued from gang influence and became the first in his family to go to college. From 1996 to 2001, he attended Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, TX and pursued a degree in Professional Development with a specialization in Theology.

He began his career as inclusion specialist for special education and behavioral students at a middle school in San Antonio, TX. Today, he’s a professional speaker who travels all over the world to schools, teen conferences, churches and camps. He speaks at more than 160 teen events a year.
Gabe has spoken to millions of teens throughout his career. He’s even recognized as America’s #1 Latino Youth Speaker by Popular Hispanics Magazine. Gabe’s message challenges teenagers and encourages them to make positive choices in their lives. He uses comedy and his gift of story-telling to convey his message and motivate his audience to action.

Gabe lives in Dallas, TX with his wife, Nancy and four children.



“Click CFNC.org: Connect to College and Careers!” – Juana Hernández-Urquiza, College Foundation of North Carolina

  • Students will learn about the free resources available on CFNC.org to help them plan, apply, pay for college.
  • Students will learn how to navigate CFNC.org to explore colleges and universities in North Carolina and learn about the different higher education options.
  • Students will learn about different resources available for Daca/Undocumented students as they prepare for college and a career

“Design Your World: Become a Landscape Architect” – Rodney Swink, & Fernando Magallanes, NCSU College of Design
Students will be introduced to the topic of designed environments and the impact Landscape Architecture is having on where people live, recreate, and work.  For most Hispanics, this has not been a career to consider.  We want to introduce and give guidance to what this opportune career may yield for young Hispanics.

“Goodnight Scholars Student Panel: Majoring in STEM”Alisson Medlin, NC State University
Current STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) students at NC State will discuss life as a STEM major and how students can: -Prepare to major in STEM while in high school -Choose a STEM major and career pathway -Succeed in STEM classes – Enhance their college experience through internships, co-op, and research.

Immigration Options in a Shifting Landscape” – Jenny Doyle, ESQ Immigration Counsel
Students will be informed of various legal immigration options available to them, the implications of Executive Orders on immigration, and they will learn about their rights in the context of immigration.

“I did do it!” Taking Responsibility in your life  – Jeff Smith, Wake County Public Schools
Teaching the students why it is important for them to learn how to take responsibility for their actions as well as learning how to become more responsible in their community.

“Be a part of the next generation of STEM professionals! Check out TuPortalSTEM!” – Juan Pablo Vivanco, NC Society of Hispanic Professionals
Inform students about new STEM resources at NCSHP including TuPortalSTEM, STEM Hotline, career examples, brochures, etc.

“Power of Bilingualism in School and at Work” – Gerardo Santoyo, Maracas Montessori                       Motivate students to strengthen their bilingual skills to increase opportunities for a better job and enhance their academic performance.

2019 Summit Co-Hosts

North Carolina State University


NCSU College of Education 




2019 Summit Exhibitors (as of Jan 20, 2019)

Appalachian State University


Brasfield & Gorrie

Bryant University

College Foundation of North Carolina

Consulate General of Mexico

Goodnight Scholars Program- NC State University

Johnston Community College

NC Agricultural & Technical State University

North Carolina Central University

North Carolina Central University – School of Law

North Carolina Central University- BRITE

NC Dept. Natural & Cultural Resources- Education & Latino Outreach Committee

NC Department of Environmental Quality – Division of Air Quality

North Carolina Museum of Art

NC School of Science and Mathematics

North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals

NC State University- College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

UNC Asheville

UNC Wilmington – El Centro Hispano

Univision 40

Wake Area Health Educational Center – Health Careers

Wake Tech Community College


 SPONSORS (as of Jan 20, 2019)

Sustainer of Latino Education Sponsors 


Partner of Latino Education Sponsors 

Duke Energy

Friend of Latino Education Sponsors

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The McKimmon Center
North Carolina State University
1101 Gorman St., Raleigh, NC 27606



North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals
8450 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 209
Cary, NC 27513

Phone: (919) 467-8424
Fax: (919) 469-1785
E-mail: mailbox@TheNCSHP.org