The UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative (UCLA-LPPI) has awarded a total of $150,000 to six Latino-led research projects at UCLA aimed at developing policy solutions to challenges facing California’s Latino communities .
The $150,000 comes in the form of the first Latino Applied Policy Research Awards.
The six research teams will spend the next year examining a variety of topics, including how a public art exhibit on the U.S.-Mexico border raised public awareness and fueled criticism of federal immigration policy over how the measures immigration law enforcement affect the educational attainment of Latino students. Other projects will explore why the number of homeless underestimates the number of Latinos without housing and how this affects the allocation of resources that could help stem the problem and how wildfire and disaster planning policies have an impact on Latino immigrants and indigenous peoples.
“The projects we fund focus on how inequalities persist within Latin American communities and aim to provide real solutions,” said Dr. Silvia González, the initiative’s co-director of research. “We are proud to work with researchers who push boundaries and use their expertise to develop the critical analysis needed to shape better policies on a wide range of issues. »
These awards are made possible by continued funding of $3 million from the California Legislature for research and policy solutions that address inequalities that disproportionately affect communities of color.