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 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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On Friday, March 31, more than 600 middle and high school Hispanic students from 29 counties across North Carolina arrived at the McKimmon Center for the 18th Annual Hispanic Educational Summit, presented by the NCSHP and hosted by North Carolina State University.  Also in attendance, were 40 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 Summit Commentary.

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  • 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!


2017 Opening Keynote Speaker:

ANGEL FLORESAngel Seated Headshot is an inspirational speaker, an author and a college instructor.  The son of migrant farm workers, he was the first person in his entire family to earn a college degree, earning his B.A. from Trinity Bible College in Sacramento, CA and his M.A. from The University of Northern Colorado.   Angel was selected by the Northern Colorado Business report as one of 40 people under 40 who would change the face of Northern Colorado.

He has traveled 48 states and several foreign countries speaking in all sorts of venues: public schools, universities, churches, corporations, conventions and even a few prisons.  In the last 12 months, his messages have been viewed online by people from 69 countries around the world.  He is the author of “To The Top” and “50 Things I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me About College.”

He is the founding pastor of Mosaic Church and an adjunct public-speaking instructor at Aims Community College, both in Greeley, Colorado.  He has completed 4 triathlons and has recently taken up competitive jiu-jitsu.   Angel lives in Greeley with his wife Diane and they have three children, one son-in-law and a dog named Gracie.

2017 Closing Keynote Speaker:

LilyanLILYAN PRADO CARRILLO migrated to the United States from Guatemala when she was four years old. Raised solely by her father, J. Luis Prado, Lilyan has always understood the importance of education. Her father taught her ethics and the power of persistence.

Lilyan attended a junior college where she funded her own education costs by working up to 50 hours per week and going to school part time because of her immigration status.  She later transferred to and graduated from Texas Woman’s University, where she received a full scholarship and quickly became an outstanding student leader and a campus motivator. In 2002, Lilyan was one of 30 students nationwide, awarded a congressional internship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington, D.C.  In 2013 she earned her a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Texas.

Since college, Lilyan has served as an educator, a university administrator, and facilitator for national organizations such as Monster Worldwide and the National Council of La Raza.  In 2006, she was selected as The Sallie Mae Fund’s national spokesperson and presented to 40,000+ people about her personal journey and access to higher education. In 2007 Lilyan decided to relocate back to Denton, TX to marry Albert Carrillo, raise a family, and give back to her home community.  Today Lilyan works full time at Lee Elementary, and Title I school, serving as a bilingual specialist.  She recently received the Estrella de Tejas award from the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas in San Antonio, for her leadership and contributions to the community.  In addition, she is also a consultant for Educational Achievement Services, Coolspeak Youth Engagement Co., and Lifelong Legacies, Inc., empowering students and families as a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator.  She is a wife and mom to 5 great kids, and is a member of her local church and civic organizations such as LULAC and HWNT.


Summit Speaker Schedule:

“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.

“Leadership and Character” – 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.

“My School: My Wellbeing and Responsibility” – Diana Rodríguez (In Spanish)
This workshop will explore how students can be a part of their schools overall safety (ie. School climate) and venues of resource to get help or report a tip.

“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.

“Improve your Study Skills, Achieve Success!” – 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.

“Explore Math and Science: Your Future Career” – Tamar Avineri
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.

“The Power of Bilingualism in Education and Work” – Gerardo Santoyo  (In Spanish)
Enfatizar la importancia de ser bilingüe en los Estados Unidos.

“Any Career Can be an Environmental Career” – 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.

“College 101 – ” – Jose Eric Garcia, Bryant University
Student learn about the admissions process and how you can continue past high school by learning about financial aid and scholarships.

“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.

“How to REALLY Get the Dream Job of Your Dreams” – Diana Urieta & 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.

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

“IT and the Internet of Things” – Juan del Villar, Cicso
More details to come on this workshop!

“All you Wanted to Know about Self-Esteem and were Afraid to Ask” – Ivonne Chirino-Klevans
Students will learn three techniques to help develop self-esteem, and will learn how self-esteem can be used as a tool to develop resilience.

“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.

“Transforming the World, Science and Engineering Power” – Marlon Aguirre, Lenovo Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers & Eric Cruz, IBM
Students will learn about various job opportunities in science and engineering and how they can get achieve careers in this field.

“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.

“Immigration Options for Youth” – 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.

“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.

“Taking Control of Your Life by Being Totally Engaged” – 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.

Panel: “Change The World: Become a Teacher!” – America Moreno, ESL Teacher, Brook Thompson, UNC Asheville, Courtney George, Meredith College & Jorge Pacheco, Fuquay-Varina High School
A panel of inspirational Latino Educators will share their own journeys and explain how and why they became teachers. Attendees will learn about the profession and how to become a teacher. Students will be encouraged to consider teaching as the need for  more Hispanic teachers grows, and they will also learn the impact teachers can have on others!

“Becoming a Civil Engineer: Opportunities and Challenges” – Carlos Zuluaga, NC School of Science and Mathematics
More details to come on this workshop!

“Opportunities at Community College and Beyond” – Constanza Gomez-Joines, Durham Tech
Students will be informed of opportunities at the community college level and how they can lead to future careers.

“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.

“Take Control: Discover the Champion Within You!” Nora 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.

“Banking 101″ – Ilce Paliza & Tameka Reed, PNC Bank
Students will learn the basics of personal finance and banking.

“Having Financial Assistance Issues? Now What?” – Carlos Cotto, Lenoir Community College
Students will learn employment options after high school if college is too costly.


Angel Flores

Appalachian State University

Better Business Bureau

Brasfield & Gorrie

Bryant College

Center for Safer Schools, NC DPI

Central Carolina Community College

Centro Hispano – UNC Wilmington

Cisco Systems

Consulate General of Mexico in Raleigh

East Carolina University

Goodnight Scholar’s Program

Immigration Counsel LLC

Job Corps

Johnston Community College

Jóvenes para Ayudar

Lenoir Community College

Meredith College

NC A&T University

NC Air Awareness – Division of Air Quality

NC Association of CPA’s

NC Division of Services for the Blind

NC Museum of History

NC Museum of Natural Sciences

NCSU College of Education

NCSU Crop and Soil Department

NCSU Office of Multicultural Affairs

North Carolina Central University

NC Society of Hispanic Professionals

NC State Parks

Raleigh Charter High School

Social Security Administration

UNC Asheville – Department of Education

UNC Chapel Hill

UNC Greensboro

Univision 40

Virginia Tech


Wells Fargo


2017 Sponsors - Summit

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


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