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.
Marcel Roman is a PhD student in the political science department at UCLA. His primary research interests are in Latinx politics and the effects of immigration enforcement on Latinx political behavior. As the Latinx population continues to grow, so does the population of long-term undocumented immigrants embedded in the social and political life of the Latinx community writ large. This motivated Marcel to understand how both the immigration enforcement apparatus and social ties with undocumented immigrants motivates Latino behavior and poltiical attitudes. At LPPI, Marcel has helped collect and analyze data that help us understand which candidates Latinx and other racial/ethnic groups support. After completing his PhD, Marcel hopes to pursue a career in academia and to continue using his data analysis skills to help advance the interests of the Latinx and other underrepresented communities. Marcel has operated as a research assistant in several court cases related to immigrant rights and immigration enforcement. He is also an American Political Science Association Minority Fellow and Cota-Robles fellow at the University of California-Los Angeles.