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.
METZTLI GARCIA is a first-generation college student born and raised in East Los Angeles, California. She is currently a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Public Affairs with a special interest in education policy, foster care reform, and women’s rights. As a former foster youth, she continues to take responsibility to speak on the issues that her community is faced with every day and create the change she wants to see in both the education and child welfare systems. She has worked as an Advocacy Intern in the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, where she focused on expanding affordable housing and COVID-19 pandemic response efforts, and as a University Programs Recruiter at SurveyMonkey, where she supported diversity recruitment efforts. Metztli is very involved on campus, serving as a Financial Wellness Peer Coach, as Vice President of Recruitment for the Latin Business Student Association, as a Co-President for a Latinx Affinity Group, and as a member of Lambda Theta Alpha, a Latina sorority. Her research interests in child welfare, incarceration, and education stem from her lived experiences in foster care. At the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, she hopes to address the countless policy challenges facing communities of color through research, advocacy, and mobilization.