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.
Deyanira Nevarez Martinez is a Senior Policy Fellow who studies Urban Planning and Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine. Deyanira is a housing justice scholar that focuses on informal housing in the United States. She is currently working on a project for LPPI focusing on local government responses to homelessness in several cities in LA county. At the core of her work is the belief that housing is a human right and everyone deserves safe and adequate shelter. Deyanira recently became part of the inaugural class of CARE-UC Innovation Fellows for work on her dissertation which analyses the role of street-level bureaucratic discretion on informal housing in Southern California.