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.
Michael Herndon is a 1st year PhD student who studies Latinx Political Behavior at UCLA. Michael believes that the future of American politics lies in how communities of color will influence political institutions in the years to come. Born and raised in Eastern Nebraska, Michael’s ultimate goal is to see even the most overlooked, isolated, and taken for granted populations take control of their own destiny through political empowerment. Before coming to Los Angeles, Michael has held positions with the federal and state government and has experience in Washington D.C. working in non-profit and advocacy organizations. While at UCLA, his goal is to build a solid theoretical foundation and learn cutting edge technical skills to study politics in marginalized communities. Michael has conducted and co-authored research for LPPI on the 2020 Latino Vote, as well as the overall impact of voters of color on the 2020 election. Upon graduating, he hopes to obtain a job in academia where he can shed light on social problems through research and advocacy.