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Episode 2: Mayor of Topeka, Kansas, Michelle De La Isla Podcast (Part 1)

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Welcome to our second HJHP Podcast for the 2019-2020 academic year. For the second episode of our series, Pain to Power, we interviewed Mayor of Topeka, KS Michelle De La Isla.

In our conversation with Mayor De La Isla, we learned about her journey from New York to the Mayoral office in Topeka. We talked about her upbringing, her views on diversity, and leadership lessons she has learned on her path to becoming Mayor.

Pain to Power: Voices of Latinx Leaders and Trailblazers is the theme for the 2019-20 Policy Podcast. Throughout the year, Journal staff will interview Latinx elected officials, students, academics, activists, and leaders, to learn about their journey, perspectives on culture, policy, and social change, and how they leverage their Latinidad to break barriers and influence society at large.

Stay tuned! Episode 3 will feature the second part of our conversation with Michelle De La Isla, Mayor of Topeka, Kansas.