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.
SELENA D. MELGOZA (she/her/hers) is currently a second-year Master of Public Policy candidate at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. An incoming Fellow within the UCLA LPPI Research Department, Selena is dedicated to researching the systemic causes of disproportionate environmental and health impacts on disadvantaged communities to develop policy solutions to create thriving, sustainable environments.
At UCLA, Selena works with the Office of Government & Community Relations to conduct research on UCLA’s community and economic engagement with the Los Angeles region and collaborates with community leaders to access UCLA as a resource. She is also an active volunteer with the American Mexican Association. For her academic achievement and dedication to her community, Selena has received the 2022 Minerva Scholarship and the UCLA Luskin Second-Year Department Fellowship.
Prior to graduate school, Selena attended UC Berkeley and graduated with honors with a B.S. in Society & Environment and a minor in Public Policy. Motivated by her lived experiences as a first-generation, low-income, and system-impacted Chicana from Los Angeles, Selena is committed to advancing environmental justice and creating sustainable policy solutions for all.
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