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.
Lorena Guillén is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research and teaching interests include partnerships between teacher education programs and the communities they serve; social justice teaching and policy; family/teacher and community/school partnerships; the preparation of ethnic studies teachers; and the recruitment and retention of teachers of color. Her current work is part of a collective developing and studying the preparation of ethnic studies teachers within a teacher education program.
Before joining the faculty at UCLA, Dr. Guillén was a high school English Language Arts teacher, department chair, Puente instructor, and lead teacher for the Arts, Entertainment, and Media Academy at John Muir High School. Dr. Guillén holds a BA in English from Stanford University, an MAT in Secondary English Language Arts from Brown University, and a Ph.D. in Teacher Education from the University of Washington, Seattle.