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.
MIRIAM TORRES SANCHEZ (she/her/hers)is a junior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Education and Chicanx Studies. An incoming Policy Fellow within the UCLA LPPI Research Department, Miriam is passionate about community organizing, social justice, and policy advocacy.
At UCLA, Miriam is an active member of Grupo Folklorico and a former participant in the AAP Research Rookies program. She currently represents Council District 1 on the Olivia Mitchel City Youth Council, where she is learning about Los Angeles City governance and influencing policy and budget recommendations to better the lives of young Angelenos. Miriam also co-chairs the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council’s Youth & Education Committee. She uses her lived experience, knowledge, and passion to ensure that young people have a voice in the political process and equitable access to public services. For her academic achievement and leadership, Miriam was awarded the California Latino Legislative Caucus Scholarship and HOPE Latinas Future History Maker Award in 2021.
Miriam is a first-generation college student from Highland Park in Northeast Los Angeles. She is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants.
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