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.
ROCIO PEREZ is a first-year Master of Public Policy student at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, graduating in 2023. She is a first-generation student, born and raised in the Westlake McArthur Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Prior to graduate school, Rocio interned for the Center for American Progress and was a Emerson Hunger Fellow for the California Association of Food Banks and Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), where she conducted research on immigration and health policy. Rocio has previous experience across the policy-making process, including staffing a bill aimed at protecting low-income workers under CalFresh and CalWORKs and contributing to detention research by the California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice (CCIJ) to successfully secure $4.7 million in state funding for legal defense services. Most recently, Rocio authored and led a legislative briefing on her report, “Pandemic EBT in California: Lessons and Opportunities to End Childhood Hunger,” which analyzed the impact of P-EBT on recipient families including immigrant families that received P.EBT and public charge concerns. After completing her MPP, Rocio plans to return to Washington D.C to pursue a policy analyst role researching immigration policy issues including immigrant detention, health access, and asylum.