The UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Institute 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 Institute 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.
JULIA HERNANDEZ NIERENBERG (she/her/hers) is a third-year dual-degree Master of Social Welfare and Master of Public Policy student at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. A returning Fellow within the UCLA LPPI Research Department, Julia contributes to projects on pandemic and climate impacts on minority-owned small businesses and self-employed Latinas, and research on post-Roe abortion access for Latina women. She has a strong interest in the intersections of immigration, mental health, education, and social welfare policy, and her commentary on mental health interventions in immigrant detention facilities is published in the Harvard Kennedy School Journal of Hispanic Policy.
Julia recently completed a summer service learning program in Oaxaca with UC Berkeley’s Latinx Center of Excellence in Behavioral Health. During her time at UCLA, Julia has done clinical internships at The Karsh Family Social Service Center and at the Wellness Life Learning Center. Prior to graduate school, she worked at Seneca Family of Agencies with kids and families affected by foster care and juvenile justice systems and immigrant families separated at the border seeking mental health services.
Julia was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area before receiving her B.A. in International Studies and Spanish Studies from American University.
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