Hispanic educational summit




MARCH 26, 2021 | 26 DE MARZO, 2021

8:30 AM - 2:00 PM


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Annual 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.

There 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 17,000 students from schools in over 35 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“. 



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. In 2019, middle school and high school students generously donated $925 for the NC Hispanic College fund!

Become a Volunteer! 

This massive event requires a tremendous amount of help from our volunteers. Each year, over fifty NCSHP volunteers, help us to make this event possible.

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motivational Speakers

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

  • Colleges

  • Universities

  • Educational Institutions

  • U.S. Armed Forces

  • Museums

  • Businesses

  • After School Programs and More!



  • To 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.


2021 Summit Agenda

FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021


8:30 – 9:45 AM      

Opening Ceremony: Welcome & Keynote Lecture

10:00 – 10:30 AM    

Presentation/Workshop I
(Concurrent Sessions)

10:40 – 11:10 AM 

Presentation/Workshop II
(Concurrent Sessions)

11:10 – 11:45 AM  

Lunch & Learn

11:30 – 12:25 PM   
Exhibitor Hall (Hall will open during lunch time so students can interact with the speakers).

12:30 – 2:00 PM     

Keynote Lecture & Closing Ceremony

2021 HES all day Event schedule


Click HERE to view this year's 2021 program!

2021 Keynote Speakers

"The Leader In You" 

Ovidilio Vasquez went from wielding a machete in the sugarcane fields of Central America at the tender age of 14 to being accepted to Harvard Business School Online. His story is unique and is the epitome of the American dream. He is a National Keynote Speaker, the author of six books, including a #1 National Bestseller. He is a TEDx Speaker on the subject of leadership and works as a Univision On-air collaborator, where he focuses on sharing free higher-education programs for the community. Ovi has worked for global corporations like; Apple, Tesla, Salesforce, General Motors, and Uber, paving the way for young professionals also to see themselves starting their
careers at global corporations —as he did. Ovi is a role model for first-generation college students. Through his engaging approach on the stage, he educates and connects with students and those who work with them by sharing his story and little known insights on how they can succeed in college and life. Through social media, Ovi has helped thousands of students nationwide by sharing over 1.5 million dollars in scholarships for minority students. He emerges today nationwide as one of the most sought-after bilingual youth leadership speakers of our time.

But his crowning glory is that through his heart for youth, he was driven to high content motivational speaking and creating Leadership Experts Int’l, LLC., an enterprise focused on youth leadership development. Ovi gets invited nationwide to share his expertise on: How to start your career at a global company. How to be a leader. How to help first-generation college students brand themselves for career success.

"Dare To Dream"

Pearl Arredondo was part of a teacher-led team that founded San Fernando Institute for Applied Media (SFiAM), the first pilot middle school established in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She taught for 10 years before becoming the instructional specialist and now principal of SFiAM. Pearl is passionate about increasing student access to technology and closing the digital divide. She was featured on TED Talks Education and is a frequent speaker and panelist related to those key issues. She was also featured in People Magazine’s My American Dream: Great Success Against All Odds campaign sponsored by Milk Life. As a Teach Plus Policy Fellow, she met with President Obama’s senior advisors to discuss teacher tenure and elevating the teaching profession. As part of Educators for Excellence, she helped write a series of recommendations entitled Reimaging Tenure: Protecting Our Students and Our Profession. In 2014, she received the “Inspirational Teacher Award” from United Way of Greater Los Angeles, was named California Woman of the Year from California Assembly District 39, and was honored at the Ford Theatre’s Annual Gala for being an inspirational teacher. Pearl is a tireless advocate for public education and technology-based curriculum. She is also a role model for young Latinas seeking to make a difference in their communities. Her goal is to make SFiAM a model of educational reform by preparing all students to be effective communicators in the 21st century.

2021 Exhibitors

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2021 Co-Hosts

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2020/2021 Sponsors