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Community Conversation: Latinx Leadership
August 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join us for a FREE community conversation to explore the many facets of representation and local leadership. Three outstanding Latinx leaders from around the state will join us to share their experiences and journeys in their respective communities and beyond. The speakers will then be available for a Q&A opportunity to discuss the importance of diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Ernestor De La RosaAssistant City Manager – City of Dodge City. Kansas Like many rural leaders, Ernestor wears many hats. In his day job, he oversees the City’s Public Transportation and Human Resources Departments and serves as the City’s Legislative Affairs Director. He also coordinates the efforts of the Southwest Kansas Coalition. Governor Laura Kelly appointed Ernestor to serve on the Kansas Hispanic Latino American Affairs Commission and the Kansas Racial Equity and Justice Commission, representing the City of Dodge City. Ernestor was born and raised in Mexico, immigrated to the United States at the age of 13, and is a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient.
Poet Laureate of Kansas
Huascar is a poet, writer, and performer who lives in Topeka. He currently works as a freelance copywriter and as the Literary Editor for seveneightfive magazine publishing stories that spotlight literary and artistic events in northeast Kansas. His poems can be found in his collection How to Hang the Moon published by Spartan Press. He is the winner of ARTSConnect’s 2018 Arty Award for Literary Art. His new collection of poems Un Mango Grows in Kansas is available at huascarmedina.com. From 2018-2021 Huascar presented readings and discussions about poetry in communities across the state.
Assistant City Administrator & Finance Director – City of McPherson
Daniela Rivas was born in Wichita, Kansas as a first-generation Mexican American and spent most of her childhood in Kansas and Tepatitlan, Jalisco, Mexico. Daniela earned her Master of Public Administration from Wichita State University with studies in public finance and city/county management. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the W. Frank Barton School of Business. She earned recognition as a Certified Public Manager from the University of Kansas in 2017. She currently serves as the Assistant City Administrator and Finance Director for the City of McPherson, Kansas. Prior to that, Daniela served as the City Administrator for the City of Columbus in Southeast Kansas. Her background in administration, finance, and strategic planning includes fifteen years in public government service where her work has focused on the nexus between an inclusive culture, modern organizational management, and leading through sustaining financial stability and community relationship building. She is a passionate advocate of inspiring, empowering, and preparing young Latinas to be positive change agents in their families and communities through mentoring, coaching, and public service.