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.
Cassie DeWitt is a dual degree MD/MPP student who studies at UCLA and will graduate in spring of 2021. Cassie is aware of the inequities in society that lead to disparate health outcomes in communities of color. Communities must have a voice to effect change and the right to vote is one that must be protected. At LPPI, Cassie has co-authored The UCLA Voting Rights Project: Voting and Infection Prevention of COVID-19, a memo addressing the concerns associated with in-person and vote-by-mail programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cassie is currently a part of the PRIME program at the David Geffen School of Medicine, which trains medical students to be physician leaders and advocates for underserved and marginalized populations.