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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On Friday, March 23, more than 650 middle and high school Hispanic students from 33 counties across North Carolina arrived at the McKimmon Center for the 19th Annual Hispanic Educational Summit, presented by the NCSHP and hosted by North Carolina State University.  Also in attendance, were 48 educational exhibitors, 39 concurrent session presenters, teachers, sponsors and representatives from government, academia and the business community, and over 100 NCSHP volunteers, all of whom share the NCSHP’s mission of promoting education among Hispanic students in North Carolina. Throughout the event, they encouraged students to overcome obstacles, graduate from high school and pursue higher education.

The day was packed with educational and inspirational talks from keynote speakers Angel Flores and Lillyan Prado Carrillo, and from the over 30 individuals who led breakout sessions where students learned about life skills, education planning, and career planning. The atmosphere was vibrant and the passion for education was palpable from speakers, volunteers, and students alike. For a full recap of the event, check out this year’s 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 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.


19th Hispanic Educational Summit
Friday, March 23, 2018

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!


2018 Opening Keynote Speaker:

JuanCangasHeadshot1JUAN CANGAS:  Born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua Mexico. At the age of 5 years old, his mother made a drastic decision to move to the United States in pursuit of a better life for her family and more educational opportunities. Getting accustomed to a new language and the American culture was difficult, but well worth the sacrifice as Juan became the first person in his family to graduate high school and attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on a full ride scholarship. While at the University some of his greatest accomplishment include interning for the Coca-Cola Company, conducting research in the area of Law & Psychology and presenting that data at a National Psychology Conference, and interning in Washington D.C for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

In college Juan really worked on identifying his passion and figuring out how he wanted to serve this world. He majored in Psychology and sought out to work directly with Youth. One of his happiest moments was honoring the sacrifices his mother had made in moving to this country by graduating from college.

In 2010, Juan started working for the Avenue Scholars Foundation, an organization that provides intrusive support, education, and resources to first-generation, college-bound high school juniors and seniors of talent and need. His primary responsibilities where to build strong relationships with students and guide them in discovering and exploring strengths, skills, and career interests. Juan was placed and worked at one of the largest high schools in the state in which the student population is predominantly Latino. He worked in this capacity for 7 years.

Juan has become an authority in youth leadership development, with over 7.5 years of experience inspiring students from all walks of life. He helped found the THRIVE Leadership Club (2011); an organization whose mission is to help unite and equip students from different cultures (Nepal, Karen, Somalia, Latin America, etc.) and empower them to become servant leaders in their communities. He utilizes his life experiences and crazy humor to help inspire and coach students every single day.

Juan’s mission is to be an outrageous and passionate man who delivers a message of hope and determination were ever he goes. He does this through speaking and facilitating powerful workshops throughout the nation.  Juan has spoken to over 10,000 students of dynamic and diverse backgrounds.

2018 Closing Keynote Speaker:

ShaylaRiveraSHAYLA RIVERA:   Aerospace Engineer and former Rocket Scientist with NASA turned salesperson, corporate trainer and Standup Comedian.  Now she is a sought after Keynote Speaker, TV Host, Emcee/Host, Humorist, Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer, Seminar Facilitator and Panel Moderator and much more.

The ability to add humor to her message makes her unique and a favorite of corporations, educational organizations, and women groups.  “I can do it in Spanish too!”, she adds. However, none of these labels will tell you much about her.  She best describes herself as spiritually irreverent, a Mystic and an Awareness Expert, in short, what many would call a Renaissance Woman. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Rivera grew up with an avid awareness of the idiosyncrasies of human behavior, a major interest in science, and a great desire to learn about machinery and fixing things.  Her parents always made it clear that going to college was paramount in order to have a successful personal and professional life.  Rivera attended Texas A&M University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and added a great number of additional credits in her other passion, Psychology.  After graduation, Shayla joined McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Division at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, where she worked on the NASA Space Shuttle and Space Station programs.

Desiring to have more of a direct human contact in her daily work, Rivera left NASA and secured a position in Technical Sales of environmental systems and water treatment chemicals to the Chemical and refining industries in Houston TX.  Her twist into sales eventually guided her onto becoming a Stress Management corporate trainer.  Rivera began facilitating life-changing seminars on stress management for executives at companies around the Houston and then the country.  Shortly thereafter, she began giving motivational speeches.  While conducting seminars and giving speeches, Rivera was encouraged by many of her clients to pursue her comedic skills so she signed up for a weekend seminar on stand-up comedy, at the end of which she performed a five-minute routine which proved to be a personal turning point.  “I had never felt so natural and comfortable,” Rivera recalled.

Almost immediately, Rivera became a regular at Comedy Clubs in Texas and shortly nationwide.  She used her experiences to create the hit one-woman show “Rocket Science and Salsa,” directed by Debbie Allen for which Rivera earned a “Best Lead Actress” nomination by the NAACP Theater Awards, as well as a nomination for “Best Choreography” for Allen.

Rivera hosted the 13 episode TV series “You’re Not The Man I Married” for Lifetime Real Women Network and has appeared on television shows such as “Comics Unleashed,” “Xtreme Fakeovers,” “National Lampoon’s Funny Money,” “Funny is Funny” and many others.  She has been a guest on the “The Dennis Miller Show,” “The Roseanne Show,”  ”The Martin Short Show,” was featured in the “Paul Rodriguez Latin All Stars” and was part of the Comedy Central special, “Comedy Rehab” with Paul Rodriguez.  She has headlined on entertainment programs for Univision, Galavision and on “The Latino Comedy Jam” for Telemundo.  She was named “Funniest Latina Comedian” by the organization “Latin 2015.”

Shayla Rivera has been speaking and performing in both English and Spanish for over 22 years and has a broad appeal to men and women of all backgrounds.  Her clients around the world include Fortune 500 companies, national and regional organizations, as well as students and faculty from elementary schools to colleges.  Rivera often applies her expertise to host/emcee many fundraising events for non-profit organizations, charitable and educational programs as well as Award Galas and Conferences.

Shayla never forgot to give of herself if that meant she could help another.  In 2004, Rivera received the “Mario Moreno Cantinflas Award” presented by the city of Los Angeles in recognition of entertainers who “represent the Latino Community with the same humor as the great Comedian Cantinflas did” and for her involvement in the community.  In 2007, Rivera received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the President’s Council on Service Participation.  In 2010, she received the Award for Excellence in Public Speaking by the Latino Speakers Bureau.

Rivera gives keynotes and performs live stand-up comedy worldwide and is extremely proud of her comedy and speaking tours for our servicemen and women stationed around the world from Greenland to Diego Garcia, Asia, Europe, Central America and the Middle East.

Rivera says, “My number one goal is to inspire, through laughter.”   She has seen, first-hand, the impact the Latino population and culture has had in all levels of America and American corporations, organizations, and education and is focused on helping make this an opportunity that will benefit all and to have it occur as smoothly as possible.  She jokes, “We are all the same, only different…once we understand this, we will be able to seize the opportunities that lie in our seeming differences.”

Shayla Rivera is not easily placed in just one category or class, she defines her own.  She finally remarks, “Now I even can add Breast Cancer Survivor to my resume.  I am grateful.”




“Think Outside the Box, the Career You Select Can Help a Greener Future!” – 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.

Careers of the Future: BASF, Biogen, Cisco, IBM” – Frances Lee, BASF; Enoc Henry, Biogen; Kristal Diaz-Rojas, IBM; Paul Giralt, Cisco Students will hear from STEM professionals about their own professional experiences and journey, as Hispanics in STEM. Present students with the new trends in recruitment for each company and type of careers that are booming in their field/industry. Inspire students to prepare for these STEM jobs since an early age and have the goal to enter into these fields.

“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.

“Get Real: How to Connect Your Class Work to Real Work” – Caroline Sullivan & Ashlie Bucy, NCBCE
Make students aware of the opportunities available across the work-based learning continuum, including: job shadowing, career competitions, internships, and apprenticeships.

“Can you REALLY get your associates degree in high school? What’s with that?” – Cynthia Martinez & Telena Gooch, Montgomery County Public Schools
Share criteria of eligibility for the opportunity to take CCP classes.

Educational Opportunities at Community College, Private College, and Public University – Heidi White & Viviana Reyna, Durham Tech- Center for The Global Learner; Melissa Betancur, NC State University; Fernando Gomes, Guilford College 
Learn about high school & beyond high school higher education options. 

“HERstory: Latinas Sharing Reflections as Current University Students and Working Professionals” – Irene Godinez, Dr. Andrea Duhon, Alzebeth Roman, Valentina Quintero, Rho Chapter Hermanas, Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad NC State University 
In this workshop, hermanas of the first Latina sorority at NCSU will discuss why representation matters and what to do when you don’t see yourself reflected on campus or in society at large. Equity, gender, race, ethnicity will be discussed. This group of latinas will share their reflections and best practices for success in applying to college, thriving, and being young professionals. Hermanas will share their experiences as students, leaders, and professionals working in various fields from science to politics.

“From Struggling in School to Success at Anything” – Jennifer M. Landin, NC State University
Advice for students entering college (especially 1st generation) on navigating the university, choosing classes, persevering to graduation, and managing money.

“The Journey to College: Through the Lens of First-Generation Latinx Students” – Juana Hernandez & Rossy Garcia, NC State University & Wake County Public Schools
High School Students will have the opportunity to hear from several first-generation, Latinx college students who will share:
1. The steps they took to be successful in high school
2. Their journey to higher education (how they paid for college, who was their support system, what challenges did they face, etc.)
3. Their college experiences as first-generation Latinx students; such as challenges they had to overcome, how they navigate the experience of being one of the few Latinx students in a college class, etc.
4. Action steps that high school students can take to be successful in high school and pursue higher education.
The panelists will vary from those attending community colleges, public or private 4-year institutions. Each panelist comes with their unique story of how they made it to college. High school students will be able to relate and connect with the experiences of the Latinx college students. These stories and connections will inspire and motivate the high school students to pursue higher education. After the panel session, the high school participants will have an opportunity to speak one-on-one with the college students and ask questions. Rossy Garcia and Juana Hernandez will begin the session by providing an overview of state and national statistics on education including high school drop out rates and college attainment rates amongst the Latinx population. This overview will give students an understanding of the need for more Latinx youth to graduate from high school and pursue higher education. In short, the session will mainly serve to motivate these students to graduate from high school and attend college regardless of the barriers they face as a marginalized population.

Blending STEM and Society: The Case for Latinos in STEM” – Juanita Limas, UNC Chapel Hill
Latinos are in a unique position to help move STEM fields forward by the perspectives they bring to their research as well as to their community. Historically there has been a disconnect between scientists and the general public. Many don’t understand what scientists do, and scientists sometimes face challenges translating their research to non-scientists. Today’s climate makes it even more critical to improve lines of communication between these two groups. Latinos can facilitate this dialogue bridging gaps and opening lines of communication, in essence, blending STEM and society.

“How to Enhance Your Summers” – Jorge Pacheco, NC Society of Hispanic Professionals 
The objective of my presentation will be to assist students in finding ways to utilize their time during the summer. Many students often waste time when in reality, this is an integral part for any student looking to further their education beyond high school.

“How to Effectively Communicate” – Dr. MariaRosa Rangel, Wake County Public Schools
To consider verbal and non-verbal communication methods. To understand and practice effective listening skills.
To communicate in clear, respectful and non-judgmental ways.
To know when to seek advice.

“College 101 – Roadmap to Higher Education Success” – Jose Eric Garcia, Bryant University
Students will learn about the admissions process and how they can continue past high school by learning about financial aid and scholarships.

“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 Latinos this has not been a career to consider.  We want to introduce and give guidance to what this opportune career may yield for young Latinos.

“Explore Math and Science: Your Future Career” – Tamar Avineri, NC School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM)
In this presentation, students will participate in a hands-on activity related to science and math and share information about the NC School of Science and Math and careers in math and science.

“Foundations of Money Management” – Michael Casey, PNC Bank
Students will learn the basics of personal finance and banking.

“Goodnight Scholars Student Panel: Majoring in STEM”Alisson Medlin & Iliana Claudio, 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.

“How to Build Your Professional Career in Construction” – Jairo Najera, Brasfield & Gorrie
Students will learn about job opportunities in the construction industry how can become a professional career for them. This presentation will show 2 different pathways of how to achieve a professional career in construction.

“How to Plan and Finance Your College Education” – Carlos Liriano, Wells Fargo
Students will learn how to plan and finance their college education.

“How to REALLY Get the Dream Job of Your Dreams” – Diana Urieta & Dr. Andrew Behnke, North Carolina State University, Juntos Program
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.

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 Can and I Will: The Power of Positive Thinking” – Jeff Smith, Wake County Public Schools
This workshop will teach the students about leadership and character skills to help prepare them for life. It will explore the qualities of leaders and how students can become better leaders.

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

“NC Promise Tuition Plan: Making Education Affordable– Jodi Phelps & Dr. Melissa Wargo 
The objective is to be able to present this program to attendees and to also provide information on the opportunities that your university offers.

 Take Control: Discover the Champion Within You!”- Nora Herreira-Oliveri, Durham College 
Motivational, in Spanish.

“Power of Bilingualism in School and at Work” – Gerardo Santoyo, 


Alliance Behavioral Health Care

Appalachian State University


Better Business Bureau


Brasfield & Gorrie

Bryant University

Central Carolina Community College


Consulate General of Mexico

East Carolina University

ESQ Immigration Council LLC

Food Lion

Goodnight Scholars Program- NC State University

Guilford College

Johnston Community College

Juan Cangas

Lenoir Community College

Morehead Planetarium- NC Science Festival

NC Agricultural & Technical State University

North Carolina Central University

North Carolina Central University- BRITE

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

NC Department of Environmental Quality – Division of Air Quality

NC School of Science and Mathematics- Distance Education and Extension Programs

NC School of Science and Mathematics- Office of Admissions

North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals

NC State University- Multicultural Affairs

NC State University College of Natural Resources

NC State University- College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

UNC Asheville

UNC Chapel Hill

UNC Greensboro

UNC Pembroke

UNC Wilmington – El Centro Hispano

Univision 40

Wake Area Health Educational Center – Health Careers

Wells Fargo

William Peace University



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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