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.
Bryanna Ruiz Fernandez is a 2022 Policy Fellow who studies Political Science and Chicanx Studies at UCLA. Bryanna believes that through research-based policy implementation, communities of color will be better served and represented by those in public office. Bryanna has been working on the 2020 Latino Vote report at LPPI where she focuses on data collection at the county level and has personally gained insights on the magnitude of the Latino vote in the upcoming 2020 election. She has also conducted research on the impacts of Automatic Voter Registration. Her research encourages candidates to address the Latino electorate with more resources to mobilize this voter bloc in hopes of winning their vote and securing the election.