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.
Daisy Vazquez Vera is a Senior Policy Fellow at the Latino Politics and Policy Initiative and a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at UCLA.
Daisy believes in the power of policy advocacy to promote a more inclusive and equitable society for all immigrants. As an undergraduate student organizer, Daisy co-founded the Undocumented Student Equity Project that provided the first comprehensive and comparative study of institutional practices that support educational equity for undocumented immigrant college students. This work has inspired her to continue producing policy-relevant research and working with the immigrant community and advocates to understand the political representation of undocumented constituents across the U.S.
Daisy’s most recent work on Automatic Voter Registration is featured on LPPI’s Democracy and Voting Portfolio. She has also written extensively about Latino representation across the world’s largest museum and research complex. Daisy’s collaborative work is featured in Law and Policy and Law & Social Inquiry. Her research has been supported by the Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, the American Political Science Association Minority Fellowship, and the APSA Latino Fund Scholarship.