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.
Taemin Ahn is a first-year MSW student at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, graduating in 2022. He is the first-year co-chair of the MSW Student Alliance. He holds a BSFS in Latin American studies from Georgetown University. Prior to graduate school, Taemin worked as a research analyst on Latin American financial crime and as a youth counselor for a gang prevention and intervention program in Northern Virginia. Taemin speaks Spanish, Korean, and Portuguese.
Taemin’s research interests lie in the determinants of intergenerational trauma expression in Asian-American and Latinx communities, and tracking mental health outcomes in the children and families of immigrants and refugees. Taemin is also interested in how public policy decisions impact community mental health in immigrant populations. At Luskin, Taemin is currently placed with LAUSD’s school mental health program. After completing his MSW, Taemin plans to pursue licensure and work to develop culturally informed clinical methods to address immigration trauma.