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.
MIRIAN A. PALACIOS CRUZ (she/her/ella) is a senior at UCLA majoring in Political Science with a concentration in Race, Ethnicity, and Politics and minoring in Chicana/o Studies. She is a proud transfer student from Pasadena City College where she obtained three associate degrees.
At UCLA, she is part of the Political Science Honors Program, where she is currently working on her research thesis. Her thesis seeks to understand the specific conditions that create Latinx unity through a gender-responsive framework. She has also gained experience working in electoral politics and is the current campaign manager for Women’s March Action (WMA), where she has led multiple campaigns using different tactics, such as phone banking, text banking, and post carding. Mirian is the driving force behind WMA’s Training to Win 2022 Strategy Summit and Activist Fair which is part of WMA’s 16 state midterm strategy. She will be applying these skills as a Fellow in the UCLA LPPI Mobilization Department.
Mirian’s policy interests stem from her experiences living in a predominantly Latinx community and exposure to the political landscape from a sociological perspective. She hopes to strengthen her understanding of the political system to bring representation and create policy change that is rooted in care and support for Latinx communities.
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