The UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative utilizes a multi-pronged approach to ensure Latinos and other communities of color have a seat at the decision-making table and fair opportunities to thrive.
UCLA LPPI is committed to working with leading experts, advocates and elected officials to address today’s most pressing issues. We are committed to championing evidence-based policy solutions that expand genuine opportunity for all Americans by shining a spotlight on how Latinos are and are not included in policy-making.
The UCLA Voting Rights Project is the flagship project of the UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative aimed at creating an accessible and equitable system of voting for all Americans through impact litigation, research, and clinical education to expand access to the ballot box.
Adriana Bernal is a 2022 Policy Fellow who studies Public Affairs at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. A native of the Bay Area, Adriana enjoys exploring the culture and politics of the City of Los Angeles. Adriana is interested in how public policy can alleviate injustices imposed on disenfranchised communities. Based on her experiences working with youth, Adriana hopes to engage in education policy and reform. Currently, Adriana works on the Criminal and Juvenile Justice portfolio at LPPI where she conducts survey research and examines publicly available reports on demographic data collection practices. Through this work, she has learned how to refine research methodologies, and present data findings. In addition, she has learned the value of collaboration amongst researchers and practitioners across disciplines. As she continues her undergraduate career, Adriana looks forward to learning how research-based policy solutions are used to create effective change.