Hispanic Educational Summit

Hispanic Youth 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_4671There 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 13,000 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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  • 12To 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 their 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.


On Friday, March 11th, students from 30 counties throughout North Carolina gathered at the NC State McKimmon Center for the 17th Annual Hispanic Educational Summit. The day focused on encouraging students to overcome obstacles, graduate from high school and pursue higher education. For of highlights of the day, please view our 2016 SUMMIT Commentary. Univsion reported on the event. You can view their coverage of the Summit below.


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At this year’s Summit, we asked ALL students and participants to help us raise money for the Students Helping Students Go to College” Scholarship established within the NC Hispanic College Fund. Students generously donated over $550 for NC Hispanic College fund!


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!


Hispanic Educational Summit
Friday, March 11, 2016

8:00 – 9:45 AM    Opening Ceremony – Welcome & Keynote Lecture
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


2016 Opening Keynote Speaker:


Growing up in inner-city Houston brought obstacles in Fabian Ramirez’ educational journey, yet he was able to earn a Masters Degree. Today, he speaks in schools and conferences across the country about how to be “THE” student on campus and not just a student.

Fabian is a product of the Houston Independent School District system. Fabian attended all Title I schools and now he gets to speak at them. His education started at Southmayd Elementary where he went to school from pre-K to third grade. A new school opened up close to where his parents lived at the time and so for fourth through sixth grade he attended Davila Elementary school.

Then Fabian attended Deady Middle school and went on to graduate from Milby High school. He was an average to below average student. He was the student that would ask what it took to get a “C” and regrets not asking what it was going to take to receive an “A”.

After graduating from Milby High School in 1999, Fabian set forth to begin his college career at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX. It was at San Jacinto College where he had to take a placement test only to fail all three parts of the test putting him in remedial courses. So his first semester of junior college was about learning how to read and write properly. This is why he makes it a point in his speech to say that “it’s not where you start, it’s where you end up that matters”.  In December 2005, he became the first in his entire family to receive a bachelors degree.

He then was accepted into the Graduate School of Business at Dallas Baptist University and studied Organizational Management. In two years he finished his studies and received a Masters degree in Management in May of 2008.  Fabian is also certified in Conflict Resolution with the State of Texas.

Fabian has worked with middle school and high school students since the age of 18. Now 32, he leads seminars and speaks at different conferences across the country, motivating students to finish high school and pursue a higher education.  When Fabian graduated college he knew that he could do whatever he wanted to do because of that accomplishment. Today he is living his dream of inspiring others to live out their dreams as well. 

2016 Closing Keynote Speaker:



Attorney Yesenia L. Polanco-Galdamez is the Principal Attorney of Polanco Law, P.C., a firm she founded in December, 2015. She was licensed in 2008 and practices in the areas of Immigration and Criminal Defense.

She and her family emigrated from El Salvador to the U.S. in the early 80’s and she has called North Carolina home since the early 90’s.

She received her undergraduate degree in Romance Languages and Latino/a Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005, and her J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia School of Law in 2008.

Attorney Polanco is a contributor to La Noticia’s “Dudas del Inmigrante” weekly column. She is a long-standing community leader and advocate.

Yesenia is a fan of food, dancing, laughing with family and friends, and down time with her husband, Ben. She is passionately devoted to leadership and social change, learning, and all things positive. She also enjoys practicing yoga, telling stories, serving as her family’s therapist, and mentoring “younger” people.


“Preparing for College” – Adela Henry, J M. Robinson High School
Students  will  be informed of classes and different ways that can prepare them for considering their options for college as they enter high school.

“¡Toma el Control! Descubre el Campeón que hay en TI” Norma Herrera-Olivieri, UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine (In Spanish)
Descrubre tus habilidades y recursos para vencer los obstaculos que se presentan y alcanza tus sueños y metas.

“How to REALLY Get the Dream Job you’ve Always Wanted” – Dr. Andrew Behnke, North Carolina State University
Latino youth will learn to dream big, and will be given tools to help them apply themselves to be ready for the jobs of the future. Youth will learn the importance of college in making those dreams a reality. Youth will learn about the cost of college and how to fund college expenses.

“Change The World: Become a Teacher!”Brook Thompson, UNC Asheville
Students will be encouraged to consider teaching profession, as the need for  more Hispanic teachers grows.  Students will also learn the impact teachers can have on others and how they can prepare themselves to change the world!

“Improve your Study Skills, Improve your Grades, Be Successful!” – Ricardo Perez & Elosia Sanchez, Multicultural Community Advocates
Students will learn how to improve their study skills to effectively retain their knowledge and improve their school performance.

My Journey into Teaching: Why I Choose to Give Back! ” – America Moreno, ESL Teacher & Courtney George, Meredith College
A panel of inspirational Latino Educators will share their own journeys in order to explain how and why they became teachers. Attendees will learn about the profession and how to become a teacher. Come and find out if you want to give back!

“Click CFNC.org: Connect to College and Careers!” – Donna Weaver, College Foundation of North Carolina
Students will learn why you need to have a solid plan in order to achieve your dream career. Students will learn ways to research the perfect career based on their individual interests. Students will learn the education required to pursue their dream career. Students will learn about awesome NEW careers they may not have heard about.

“How to Apply to a University, Community College and Private College” – Anna Buryk, Meredith College & Constanza Gomez-Joines, Durham Tech
This panel will discuss admission requirements for students applying to different educational institutions, as well as highlight the differences between public, private and community college admission processes.

“The SAT & ACT – Scores, Scholarships, and Your College Future” – Sheba Lowe – Brown, A+ Test Prep and Academic Services
The workshop will help students understand the SAT/ACT better, improve their scores, and increase opportunities to earn college admission and scholarships. Students will be able to answer actual test questions and get real-time feedback using our electronic answering system. The session includes an overview of the SAT and ACT practice using several test questions and tips for how to score higher, and end by showing students how their test scores can help them earn college scholarships.

“Definition of Total Engagement & What it Looks Like” – Andrew Belonga,  Wake Technical Community College
To teach student’s that it’s okay to have big goals that scare you and its okay if people think your commitment is weird. Share with students what hard work looks like and why its important in their lives and their goals.

“I’ve gotta be me!” – Elizabeth Langston,  Harnett County Public Schools
This workshop will encourage students and give them steps and resources that will help build their self esteem and confidence as Latinos in our schools. Students will conduct hands on activities and leave the workshop feeling proud of their heritage and assured that they can and WILL succeed in school but most importantly in life.

“Enhancing Your Summers 101″ – Jorge Pacheco, North Carolina State University
Assisting students in discovering camps directed towards their interests, their intended major or even their desired colleges. Finding volunteer opportunities. Getting a summer job. Making the best use of the free time which they are given during these 2 or 3 months of summer vacation.

“Top 5 Myths that Keep Bright Latino/a Students from Going to College” – Geanine Thompson & Robert Polanco, Emily K Center
The purpose for the presentation is to remove perceived barriers and obstacles that prevent students from applying to college.

“College 101 – A pathway to a Four Year University” – Jose Eric Garcia, East Carolina University
Student learn about the admissions process and how you can continue past high school by learning about financial aid and scholarships.

“Do I Think Like a Mathematician?” – Héctor Rosario, NC School of Science and Mathematics
Explore the joy of solving mathematical and logic puzzles. This is an essential trait for those aspiring to become mathematical scientists and engineers.

“Financial Literacy: Budgeting 101″ – Tameka Reed and Andreina Renfrow, PNC Bank
Students will learn about budgeting their finances and how to make sure that they are making wise financial choices to prepare for the future and their education.

“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and other immigration options: Info and Updates and How it Affects Education” – Jenny Doyle, Immigration Counsel, LLC
Present students with information about available immigration options and educational opportunities to continue their education.

“Career and College Promise: A Jumpstart to Your Future” – Lisa Eads & Daniel Alvarado, NC Community College System
Participants who attend this session will obtain information about the Career and College Promise Program (CCP). Through Career and College Promise, qualified high school students in North Carolina have the opportunity to complete college curriculum courses, tuition free, while they are in high school, allowing them to get a jump-start on their workplace and college preparation.

“Explore Math & Science: Your Future Career!” – María Hernández, NC School of Science and Mathematics, NCSSM
Engage students in a fun math activity and share information about NCSSM and math and science careers.

“Transforming the World! Science and Engineering Power” – Marlon Aguirre, Lenovo Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers & Eric Cruz, IBM
Educate audience on Engineering and great careers in this field.

“Protecting your Health from Air Pollution and Careers and Opportunities in Environmental Fields”-Teresa Colón & Jonathan Navarro, North Carolina Division of Air Quality
Learn about how you can help to protect air quality, natural resources and your health, through environmental field careers. Participants will learn about the air quality forecast, air quality in our state and how they can develop a career in the air quality field.

“What are Critical Thinking Skills and How They Benefit Me” – Maria Rosa Rangel, NCSHP Board Chair, Educator WCPSS Senior Administrator
Students will learn critical thinking skills that they could apply to school to improve academically, and the benefit of  applying them in real life situations.


Appalachian State University

Barton College

Boy Scouts of America, Occoneechee Council

Central Carolina Community College

Cisco Systems

City of Raleigh – Public Utilities Department

College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC)

Durham Tech Community College

East Carolina University

ESQ Immigration Counsel, LLC

General Consulate of Mexico in the Carolinas

Johnston Community College

Job Corps

Lenoir Community College

Meredith College

NC Association of CPA’s

NC Association of Air Quality

NC Division of Services for the Blind

NC Museum of History

North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University

North Carolina Central University – BRITE Program

NCCU – Center for Science, Math, and Technology Education

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

NC State University – College of Natural Resources

NC State University – Enrollment, Management and Services (EMAS)

St. Augustine’s University

Teaming for Technology, United Way

UNC Asheville Department of Education

UNC Chapel Hill

UNC Greensboro

UNC Chapel Hill Medical School

UNCW Centro Hispano

Univision 40

Virginia Tech


Wake Technical Community College -HEP Program

Wells Fargo Bank





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


Take I-40 east to Exit 295, Gorman Street Exit. Turn left, follow Gorman 2.5 miles (through 4 lights). McKimmon Center is on right before 5th stoplight.

Take 64 East to US 1 North/440 North. Follow 440 North to Western Boulevard Exit. Exit right and follow Western Boulevard to 2nd light. At 2nd light take right onto Gorman Street. McKimmon Center is on the left.

Take I-40 West to Gorman Street Exit 295. Turn right, follow Gorman 2.5 miles (through 4 lights). McKimmon Center is on the right before 5th stoplight.

Take US 1 South into Raleigh. Take 440 South to Western Boulevard/NC State exit. Exit right proceed under bridge. Go to 2nd light on Western Boulevard and turn right onto Gorman Street. McKimmonCenter is on the left.

Take US 1 North. US 1 North merges into 440 North. Follow 440 North to Western Boulevard Exit. Follow Western Boulevard to 2nd light. Take right onto Gorman Street. McKimmon Center is on the left.


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8450 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 209
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Phone: (919) 467-8424
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