19 A Latina’s Journey to Political Office
Host: Diane Gil
Guest: Dr. Damary Bonilla-Rodriguez
Episode Introduction: In this episode of “Now What”, Diane talks with Dr. Damary Bonilla-Rodriguez about her journey to political office, the importance of civil engagement, and how anyone can take the first step.
Dr. Damary M. Bonilla-Rodriguez is a national leading authority on leadership development, especially as it pertains to diversity and inclusion. Her doctoral research about Latina leadership in the United States has served as the foundation for events, conference sessions, publications, and content development in government, private and non-profit sectors.
This podcast episode includes Dr. Damary Bonilla-Rodriguez’s childhood growing up in New York with her grandparents and two sisters. We also get to hear about her journey and inspiration to achieve higher education, and the impact she has made to Latinas across the nation.
- As a Latino, you are sometimes discriminated against because of your accent, stereotypes, and other reasons that do not define who you are as a person, or your contributions to the community.
- Being a parent motivates you to push back on issues even if it feels like you are fighting against the world. As a parent the challenges and adversity we strive to overcome is more for our children than it is for ourselves.
- In life and in politics, people will smile to your face and say they have your back when they don’t. Don’t let them discourage you.
- Latinos have a very strong family culture. As you find your place in this world, know that you are on the right track when you feel the struggle to differentiate your identity and beliefs. It’s part of the journey
Words of inspiration: “Stay strong as you live your life story and remember your blessings no matter the circumstances you face.” - Dr. Damary M. Bonilla-Rodriguez
Stay connected with Dr. Damary on Linked In where you can ask to read her doctoral dissertation: "A Profile of Latina Leadership in the United States: Characteristics, Positive Influences, and Barriers."
- HACE - Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement
- Education Reform Now: edreformnow.org
- Prospanica NY: Prospanica New York
- AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps
- Voto Latino: votolatino.org
- NAACP: www.naacp.org
- UnidosUS: www.unidosus.org
- Local party office at County levels: (Democratic and Republican parties each have local party offices)
- Google search community board in your local zip code
- Actively support the PTA at your child’s school
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This episode was executive produced by: LG Media
Episode show notes by: Tanishka Kherajani