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.
DENISE RAMOS-VEGA was born and raised in a small predominantly Latinx community nestled on the border of Fullerton and Placentia, California. She is the first in her family to graduate from high school and continue onto college. Denise is a junior at UCLA double-majoring in Geography and Chicano/a/x and Central American Studies with a minor in Education. As someone who has been impacted by systemic inequity throughout her life, Denise aims to uplift those who the system often leaves behind. Denise serves as the UCLA Latinx Greek Council President, overseeing seven fraternities and sororities, and as the chapter philanthropy chair of Lambda Theta Alpha, Latin Sorority Inc., where she leads a program to empower high school students in South Central Los Angeles. She remains connected to her home community as a public speaker, as a facilitator of “Know Your Rights” workshops, and as a bridge between parents and administrators at her sister’s elementary school. At the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, Denise is deepening her research interests in educational inequity, urban planning, and immigration. Her future goals include pursuing a master’s in public policy and working in the public sector within policy development, research, and state legislation.