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 Rios holds a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside. As a first-generation American and college student, he believes using data-driven research methods can help better understand disenfranchised communities and inform equitable policy solutions. Michael is primarily responsible for analyzing population and voter datasets to help identify trends and study voting patterns. He has contributed quantitative research to Vote Choice of Latino Voters in the 2020 Presidential Election, Analysis of New York State’s Absentee Ballot Laws and Process and the Immediate Need for Absentee Ballot Reform, Georgia: COVID-19 and Language Access Litigation, as well as various court filings and opinions. All the projects that Michael works on focus on turning analyses into intelligible insights that can improve the accessibility to voting for individuals of color. Michael plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Political Science to join his passion for applied research and voting rights advocacy at a higher capacity.