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.
For more than 25 years, Vilma Ortiz has studied the socioeconomic experiences of Latinos in the U.S., focusing on specific Latino groups as well as comparative studies with other racial/ethnic groups.
Her most recent book is “Generations of Exclusion: Mexican Americans, Assimilation, and Race” (co-authored with Edward Telles, Russell Sage Foundation Publications, 2008). She is also co-author of “Challenging Fronteras: Structuring Latina and Latino Lives in the U.S.” (Routledge, 1997).