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.
Julia Silver is a transdisciplinary research professional with knowledge in public policy, education, civic engagement, and communal sustainability. She joined LPPI in June 2021 as a Research Analyst. Julia is responsible for designing, managing, and implementing LPPI’s research in health and sustainability. Prior to working with LPPI, she served as a Researcher for Arizona State University’s (ASU) Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, where she collaborated with Latino youth to explore anti-immigrant policies and politics, subtractive schooling experiences, creative expression as a response to discrimination, and civic engagement participation.
Trained in Critical Race Theory, Julia is particularly interested in the ways in which policy and politics intersectionally impact Latinos’ and other communities of color’s lived experiences in the U.S. She holds a Master of Science degree in Sustainability from ASU, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Loyola Marymount University (LMU).