CAPABILITIES

LPPI is a multifaceted laboratory designed to support Latinos in and beyond California around domestic policy challenges. This work supports culturally and linguistically competent policy reforms, keeps decision-makers accountable to the needs of marginalized communities, and provides a framework for local and state interventions across the U.S. that reflect the needs of the nation’s new majority.

LPPI fosters innovative research, leverages policy-relevant expertise, drives civic engagement, and nurtures a leadership pipeline to propel viable policy reforms that expand opportunity.

APPLIED RESEARCH & OBJECTIVE ANALYSIS

Through partnerships with its affiliated faculty, LPPI produces innovative applied policy research and rigorous analysis of domestic policy’s impact on Latinos and other marginalized communities of color. LPPI’s breadth of expertise spans 12 issue areas, including civil rights, educational equity, health access, labor, and employment. Search for issue-area experts

POLICY & SYSTEMS CHANGE

LPPI promotes real-time evidence-based policy reforms across California’s elected bodies and agency governance structures. Proposed legislation and regulations impacting Latinos are rigorously analyzed, leading to key testimony and legislative analysis by subject matter experts. Nonpartisan legislative briefings focus on how local and state policies impact communities of color in and beyond California.

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & PARTICIPATORY GOVERNANCE

LPPI convenes community leaders, academics, appointed and elected officials, funders, and other stakeholders to discuss the most-pressing challenges and opportunities affecting California’s plurality. LPPI’s Latino Advocacy Roundtables seek to nurture and sustain regional-based network hubs across California’s geographic regions, including the Central Valley, Inland Empire, and Sacramento Delta. LPPI’s civic partners inform and support our work,providing feedback, sharing research findings and propelling civic engagement for policy and systems change.

NEW GENERATION OF CIVIC LEADERS

Our talented student experts gain hands-on policy experience and realize opportunities for research and publication. They benefit from professional mentorship to develop management skills and champion equity and innovation. Interested students may email a cover letter and resume to latino@luskin.ucla.edu.