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.
Paula Nazario is a first-year Master’s in Public Policy student at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. She also attended UCLA as an undergraduate student where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a double minor in Education and Civic Engagement Studies. As a first-generation student, she found it difficult to find resources in her community that would enable her to apply to college. However, with the support of her family and local nonprofit centers, she was the first in her family to graduate from college. Paula encountered several challenges with navigating the college application process and experienced imposter syndrome throughout college. These experiences motivated her to mentor and advise low-income students in her own community. Nonetheless, Paula witnessed more barriers in college access from the lens of students, teachers, and high school counselors, which only reaffirmed her decision to advocate for underserved youth in her community. She has a strong interest in higher education policy, with the hope of increasing college access and making higher education affordable to low-income youth. Paula’s commitment to her community is evident through her work in assisting first-generation students with the college application process, advocating for more funding in K-12 education, and empowering those in her community to be civically engaged.