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 a Senior at UCLA majoring in Public Affairs and double-minoring in African American Studies, and Chicanx and Central American Studies. After migrating from Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco in Mexico at the age of 4, he was raised in the city of San Francisco. The heartache his family and community have endured in dealing with U.S. 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. Marcos serves as Co-President of Afro-Latinx Connection de UCLA, which advocates for bridging the gap between the African diaspora and Latinx communities while educating folks on the Afro-Latinx existence. He previously supported the UCLA Voting Rights Project as a Communications Intern. Currently, Marcos supports the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative as a Policy Fellow. He hopes to continue being of service to his community and find ways to liberate the institutional barriers and oppression of our people.