The UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Institute 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 Institute 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.
María Morales si UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Institute’s Policy Manager and a previous 2020 Policy Fellow who studied Public Policy at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. As a Latina immigrant and first-generation student, María is interested in Latino politics and Mexico-U.S. migration, as well as the intersection of youth leadership development and civic engagement in communities of color. She believes being a catalyst of change means taking up space in spaces not designed for folks like her, thus opening the door for the up and coming leaders.
Since Spring 2019, María has been with LPPI and worked on various projects including the Juvenile Justice report, the health portfolio, and engaged with our partner, NALEO Education Foundation, in providing technical guidance to elected officials. María engaged in several one-on-one conversations with State Representatives from California, Arizona, and Texas about the importance of evidence-based policies and equitable representation. She has also partaken in dialogue and community building organizations advocating for a sound and just criminal and juvenile justice system. She has learned several new skills including project management and triaging both information and responsibilities. Upon graduation, María will return to Texas, where she will continue to work with young catalysts of change and advocate for her community.
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