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.
NAYALIE BENITEZ SANTOS is a graduate student at the UCSF School of Nursing working towards earning her MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is also a 2021 graduate from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, earning her MS in Epidemiology. Nayelie is dedicated to serving marginalized communities by helping make healthcare more equitable, which is why she became an LPPI Fellow. As a first-generation college and graduate student, she has faced many obstacles. Still, she has also used her experiences to motivate her to continue challenging herself to reach her educational and career goals. She plans to use her research background to advocate for significant health issues impacting the Latino community. Her skillsets come from working in the community and within clinical settings to directly serve community members and respond to their needs. As a fellow at the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, she looks forward to advocating for her community and marginalized communities, presenting her research findings to key stakeholders, and making positive contributions that can drive sustainable change.