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National Juntos Convening

Every two years, advocates, educators, funders, and Juntos students and alumni from across the country come together for a few days to set national goals for the future of Juntos.

Inagural National Juntos Convening

Wednesday, September 23 – Thursday, September 24, 2020

From September 23 to September 24, our National Convening proved to be a much-needed time for all Juntos states and partners to gather and unite with the understanding of why Juntos matters and why Juntos is here to stay. We also set the stage for the future of the program with 2020 Vision as our driving force. Below are 4 short bios of keynote speakers we had the privilege of hearing from during the convening.

Keynote Speakers:

Scott Reed (Scott) is a career Extension educator trained as a forester and economist. He began working in the private sector where he discovered the value of partnerships with university outreach activities. Early in his career, Scott spent ten years at the University of Minnesota where he was initially an extension specialist in timber harvesting and economic development before stepping into leadership positions of program leader and field center coordinator. Moving to Oregon State University in 1990, he served as associate dean in the OSU College of Forestry before becoming dean and director of the OSU Extension Service. Before retiring in 2019, he was vice provost for university outreach and engagement. More than 20 organizations have honored Scott for a variety of accomplishments. His contributions were recognized in 2018 with the coveted Ruby Award from the Joint Council of Extension Professionals. Scott holds BS and MS degrees from Michigan State University and a PhD from University of Minnesota.

Dr. A. Richard Bonanno is Associate Dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Director of the NC Cooperative Extension Service known as NC State Extension.  Through faculty and agents in all 100 counties, Extension connects research-based information to farmers, youth, and the public. Dr. Bonanno started his career at NC State in the 1980’s as a faculty member in the Department of Horticultural Science.  He left State in 1989 to return to Massachusetts where he managed the family vegetable and flower farm, worked part time in Extension for the University of Massachusetts, and was president of the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation.  Rich is glad to have the opportunity to be back in NC and re-joined NC State on February 1, 2016.

Dr. Edelmira Segovia currently oversees the success coaching at Pender High School. Dr. Segovia serves as Director of Centro Hispano under the UNCW Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  Her area of research is Hispanic student success in post-secondary education. Segovia is co-chair of the Latino Alliance of Wilmington which is supported by UNCW’s Centro Hispano. She is the recipient of several awards and recognitions including the Kathleen Berkeley Inconvenient Woman Award for Commitment to Social Justice, the John. L. Sanders Student Advocate Award by the University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments, and Commitment to Action and Bright Spot under President Obama and White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Dr. Segovia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, a Master’s Degree in Romance Languages/Spanish from Appalachian State University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  A native of Peru, Edelmira Segovia has lived in North Carolina for the past 30 years. She has two daughters, Isabel (NCSU) and Estrella (Pender County Schools).

Dr. Courtney Brown is the Vice President of Strategic Impact at Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation focused specifically on increasing Americans’ postsecondary success. In this role she oversees the Foundation’s efforts in the areas of strategic planning, research, evaluation, data, and learning. She also leads Lumina’s international engagement efforts.  Brown works to ensure Lumina uses data and research to inform and continuously apply lessons to work across the Foundation and stays focused on the impact of its work on increasing educational opportunities beyond high school for all. Dr. Brown received her B.A from James Madison University and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.


Day 1: Wednesday, September 23

  • 11:00-12:10 PM: Juntos Components 4-H Clubs
  • 11:00-12:10 PM: Juntos Components Summer Academy
  • 12:25 -1:35 PM: Juntos Components Family Engagement
  • 12:25 -1:35 PM: Juntos Components Success Coaching
  • 1:50 – 3:25 PM: Juntos Evaluation and Common Measures
  • 3:40 – 5:00 PM: PAC and Next Steps
  • 5:00 – 5:30 PM: Celebration and Closing
  • 7-9 PM: Youth Convening entirety:
  • 7:00-07:05: Share back
  • 7:05-07:50: Latinx Leadership Style
  • 7:55-08:00: Break
  • 8:00-08:10: En Mis Zapatos
  • 8:10-08:25: Juntos goes National: Let’s Vote!
  • 8:25-08:55: Juntos PAC
  • 8:55-09:00: Celebration/Closing

Day 2: Thursday, September 24

  • 11:00-12:00 PM: Why Juntos Matters and Introduction of Panel
  • 12:30 -2:00 PM: National Panel Answers Why Juntos and Q&A
  • 2:30 – 3:35 PM: A Case for Juntos and NCSU/DASA Investment 
  • 4:10 – 5:30 PM: Voices from States
  • 7:00 – 9:00 PM: Youth Convening entirety
  • 7:00-07:10: Introduction and 4-H Pledge
  • 7:10-07:25: Let’s Break the Ice
  • 7:25-07:35: Break it down and build it UP
  • 7:35-08:05: En Mis Zapatos
  • 8:05-08:10: Break
  • 8:10-08:20: Juntos Tagging
  • 8:20-08:45: Juntos Mapping
  • 8:45-09:00: Final Thoughts

National Juntos Convening 2020 Playlist