Caminos: Building Pathways with Latinx Educators

Caminos: Building Pathways with Latinx Educators is an event hosted by the Friday Institute for K-12 Latinx educators in North Carolina. This event is an extension of our NC Conference for Educational Equity. We invite Latinx educators to convene on June 16, 2022, to share their journeys to careers in education, systemic obstacles they have experienced, and successful strategies to minimize those barriers. In addition, we are seeking to gain insight into how we can build stronger pathways for future generations of Latinx educators. This event will include a keynote speaker, panel discussion, and plenty of opportunities to network.

Travel reimbursements and hotel accommodations are available for up to 20 participants. Please contact Dr. Patricia Hilliard,, for more information.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Carlos Ramirez has served as a public school educator, as well as a student and community advocate, for more than 30 years. His educational career includes being teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, deputy superintendent and superintendent throughout his time in California, Texas, Colorado and North Carolina. Additionally, Dr. Ramirez served as an adjunct professor in Saint Thomas University’s doctoral program and is currently an appointed member of Governor Cooper’s DRIVE TASK force (Developing a Representative and Inclusive Vision for Education), in which the primary goal is to systematically help fill the significant gap of qualified educators in NC schools and achieve inclusion and equity in all schools.

Dr. Ramirez is known for his strong instructional leadership, unparalleled work ethic and advocacy for equity, access and inclusion for all. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California Davis, a master’s degree from Chapman University and a doctoral degree from the University of North Texas.

Finally, he is a first generation Mexican-American and is proud of his Chicano roots. Carlos has been married to a former middle school teacher and national bestselling author, Melissa, for 31 years. They are the proud parents of five children.

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