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.
HECTOR DE LEON is the proud son of loving parents from Jalisco, Mexico. He is a junior and a UCLA Alumni Scholar majoring in Public Affairs and Labor Studies. Born and raised in the Inland Empire, Hector’s lived experiences drive him to empower marginalized communities through research and education. This past summer he interned at the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), where he gathered information from dozens of trucking companies in the Los Angeles area to support LAANE’s Ports Campaign. He also conducted research on student workers in Los Angeles County through the UCLA Labor Studies Research Program. Hector recently presented his report “The Impact of Warehouse Labor on Predominantly BIPOC Young Workers (18-22) in California’s Inland Empire” at the 2021 American Studies Association Conference. As a Public Policy Fellow at the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, Hector hopes to further develop his research and advocacy skills. Ultimately, he plans to pursue his Ph.D. and become a professor so that he may continue to empower his community through education.