The UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Institute 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 Institute 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.
AIMEE BENITEZ AGUIRRE (she/her) is a junior double majoring in Public Affairs and International Development Studies. As a returning Policy Fellow within the UCLA LPPI Mobilization Department, she is passionate about organizing communities as actors of change, educational equity, and immigration policy.
At UCLA, Aimee is the Administrative Director of the AB540 Project and a board member of IDEAS two programs aimed at benefiting UCLA’s sizable undocumented population by providing advocacy training to students and pushing administrative leaders on campus. This summer she worked as a Peace Fellow with the Advocacy Project working to help divert the effects of child marriage across Zimbabwe communities.
Born and raised in Guatemala, Aimee migrated to the U.S. at an early age. As an undocumented immigrant student activist raised in Los Angeles’ Westlake MacArthur Park neighborhood, she acutely understands how policy actions—or lack thereof—shape the life opportunities of thousands and is passionate about mobilizing people.
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