First lady Jill Biden visits El Centro Academy in Kansas City, Kan.

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President Joe Biden and his granddaughter, Naomi Biden, wait as first lady Jill Biden walks down the steps of Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House Monday in Washington, D.C.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — First lady Jill Biden touted the Biden administration’s interest in the concerns of the Hispanic community during a visit Tuesday to a school in Kansas City, Kan.

Biden’s visit to El Centro Academy, a dual-language early childhood education program, was part of a national tour during National Hispanic Heritage Month.

She was joined by U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids of Kansas and U.S. Small Business Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman for a “charla” about the Hispanic community’s challenges and concerns. Charla is Spanish for chat.

Presenters at the meeting included Huascar Medina, the first Latino poet laureate of Kansas; Elizabeth Ramirez, CEO of Casa Sonada KC, a real estate firm that helps Latinos buy homes; Olivia Caudillo, a junior at the University of Kansas studying aerospace engineering; and Pedro Zamora, executive director of the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation.

Biden and Guzman touted the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, a disaster relief loan aimed at helping struggling small businesses, The Kansas City Star reported.

“I think a lot of times people don’t have a really positive image of the government and what the government does, so I think it’s important we get out the message,” Biden said.

Biden was scheduled to visit the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago on Tuesday evening.


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