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.
Samuel Sandoval is a professor and extension specialist in water resources at UC Davis – UC ANR. He is a water resources scientist interested in improving water management for human and environmental needs in California, considering the economic, environmental and social justice aspects for long term sustainable strategies. He works with a wide range of people, from farmworkers delivering training on how to prevent contamination of water due to pesticides applications (in English and Spanish), to water resources managers and decision makers developing basic research to determine environmental flows. He is the founding member of the Water Management Lab. Dr. Sandoval is a collaborator in several institutions: he is the co-host of the Water Talk Podcast, and the academic advisor for the non-profit organization Water Education for Latino leaders; a scientific collaborator of the California Institute for Water Resources, the associate director of the Permanent Forum of Binational Waters, and a policy expert for the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Institute.
Before joining UC Davis, he studied the water allocation between the United States and Mexico in the Rio Grande basin. Samuel earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, and master of science from the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico, and doctoral degree in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from at the University of Texas at Austin.
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