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.
Marcos Ruiz Rojas is currently an uprising Senior majoring in Public Affairs and double-minoring in African American Studies, and Chicanx and Central American Studies at UCLA. He was raised in the city of San Francisco since the age of four after immigrating from Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco, Mexico. The heartache his family and community have endured in dealing with US criminal and immigration institutions has motivated him to pursue educational and career interests based on resistance literature, advocacy, community organizing, and understanding social relationships to law.
At UCLA he will also be the Co-President of Afro-Latinx Connection de UCLA that advocates for bridging the gap between the African diaspora and Latinx communities while educating folks on the Afro-Latinx existence. Since working with the flagship program of the Voting Rights Project as a Communications Intern, he will also be the Communications Fellow under LPPI for the following summer and Policy Fellow for the 2021-2022 academic school year. He hopes to continue being of service to his community and find ways to liberate the institutional barriers and oppression of our people.