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.
Diana Garcia is a 2021 Policy Fellow who studies Public Policy at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. Diana believes in the importance of bridging the education gap in order to empower the next generation of diverse leaders. While at LPPI, Diana has worked on LPPI’s Digital Upskilling and Economic Mobility project where she examines the technical skills gap in the digital economy and has learned about the critical need for policymakers to address the inherently polarizing nature of digitalization. Diana has co-authored research on the underrepresentation of Latinos in the application pool for the California Citizens Redistricting Commission. Before starting graduate school, Diana worked at Google where she developed culturally-relevant insights on the Multicultural Marketing team and later on the democratization of computer science while on the Engineering Education department.