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.
ALEJANDRA CASTELLANOS is a first-generation Latina from Costa Rican and Mexican parents. She is currently a sophomore at UCLA studying Public Affairs. Throughout her high school and college years, she has been a dedicated leader and a role model to other women of color interested in pursuing public leadership positions. In high school, she served as the 2019-2020 Nevada Association of Student Councils President. At UCLA, she serves as Internship Co-Director in the Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) Office of the Internal Vice President. Her work as a student leader has been to empower other students to enact change in their communities. At the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Institute, Alejandra hopes to deepen her research interests in healthcare, immigration, and education policy, while also supporting efforts to engage Latinx communities and expand political representation. In the future, she sees herself lobbying Congress for federal policy change.
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