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.
Vivian Alejandre is a 2020 UCLA graduate with a double major in Political Science and Sociology. She was born and raised in Boyle Heights and dedicates her work to help marginalized communities. Among Vivian’s duties as a UCLA Voting Rights Project (VRP) fellow, she maintains the VRP website and conducts research. Vivian most recently co-authored Protecting Democracy: Implementing Equal and Safe Access to the Ballot Box During a Global Pandemic, a report aimed at emphasizing the importance of a national vote-by-mail program amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Vivian believes it is important to bring awareness to voting rights in marginalized communities, especially during our current political climate.
Prior to becoming a fellow at VRP, Vivian worked at an immigration law firm where she helped conduct research, made sure court deadlines were met and helped translate to prepare for interviews with the goal of helping undocumented immigrants obtain legal status in the U.S.