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.
CELESTE R. FIGUEROA (she/her/hers) a senior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Public Affairs. As an incoming Policy Fellow within the UCLA LPPI Programs Department, she is dedicated to expanding access to healthcare and improving workers’ rights for immigrants in and around Los Angeles county.
At UCLA, Celeste is an active member of the Pre-Law Society and Latinx Pre-Law Association as an individual seeking to enter the legal world. She recently completed an internship at the League of United Latin American Citizens’ headquarters—the nation’s oldest and largest Hispanic civil rights organization—in Washington D.C. as a Policy and Legislation intern. It was here that Celeste headed matters on ‘Immigration & Foreign Affairs’ and ‘Energy, Environment, Science, & Technology’.
Celeste is a first-generation college student who grew up in Ventura County to proud parents of Puerto Rican, Nicaraguan, Mexican, and Colombian descent.
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