UCPS Latino students attended the 2017 Hispanic Educational Summit in Raleigh, NC on Friday, March, 31st at The McKimmon Conference Center at the North Carolina State University.
The Summit is organized by the North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals. The Summit’s main objective is to promote the value of education amongst Latino youth. This amazing educational experience exposes students to a wide range of diverse options they have as they work to pursue an education after high school.
UCPS was proudly represented by 20 students from Monroe High School, Monroe Middle, Forest Hills High School, Porter Ridge High School and Early College. Students attended different concurrent sessions and workshops geared to help them prepare for the challenges ahead in their educational journeys. Furthermore, students had ample opportunities to talk with representatives from different colleges about the options offered by the different institutions.
As in prior conferences, students also had the opportunity to hear from inspiring keynote speakers who shared their experiences as Latinos who improved their lives through education. Mr. Angel Flores opened the conference with a highly inspiring speech in which he shared the challenges he faced growing up as the son of farm workers. He is now a successful “author and a college instructor.” Mrs. Lilyan Prado Carrillo closed the Summit by sharing her experience as an immigrant from Guatemala who overcame difficult challenges while being “raised solely by her father.” She “has served as an educator, a university administrator, and facilitator for national organizations such as Monster Worldwide and the National Council of La Raza.”
The 2017 hispanic Educational Summit proved once again to be a valuable source of information and inspiration to students attending this important event. This has been the tenth consecutive Summit UCPS Latino students have attended.