Latina Futures 2050 Lab

The Latina Futures 2050 Lab seeks to increase knowledge and insight through applied policy research on the contours of the economic, political, and social lives of Latinas living in the United States over the next several decades. One of the goals of the initiative is to increase the Latinas’ power of influence across important democratic institutions and accelerate their full inclusion through rigorous research, community partnerships, and leadership development. A society where Latinas lead is a society in which everyone thrives.

In collaboration with the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Institute, in 2022 the CSRC launched the Latina Futures 2050 Lab (LFL), to investigate Latinas’ experiences in the labor market, their participation in civic leadership, and their well-being. This work is driven in part by the fact that Latinas experience a significant wage gap and also remain extremely underrepresented in critical fields that will determine the future of our state, our country, and our planet. We are also aware that Latinas make up a growing number of K-12 teachers and administrators, are the majority of child-care workers in California, and are the mothers of over half the children in the state. Hence, our intersectional research for the Latina Futures project will involve a wide range of invested partners and will aim to have lasting implications for Latinas, women of color more broadly, and all children and youth. Funded by a $15 million California state budget allocation, the Lab will support policy research, leadership programs, and civic engagement with a Latina lens, and emphasize the rights and leadership of Latinas in civil society and the workplace. As part of this project, a Latina Futures Librarian and Archivist will oversee the processing, description, and collection management of CSRC’s Mujeres, LGBTQ+, and other collections featuring women, femmes, and feminine-presenting persons in the Chicanx, Central American, and U.S. Latina/o/x communities. 

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Latina Futures: Transforming the Nation through Law and Policy - Highlight Reel (January 20-21, 2024)  Highlights from a one-and-a-half-day symposium at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center featuring prominent Latina scholars, attorneys, policy leaders, and law students from across the country to foster a multi-generational leadership pipeline that spotlights today's 21st-century legal challenges and opportunities with a Latina lens.
Lawmakers from the California State Latino Legislative Caucus visited UCLA to award $15 million in funding to the Latina Futures, 2050 Lab. Latina Futures, a project of the CSRC and the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Institute (LPPI).

Media Coverage

UCLA Daily Bruin, November 4, 2022 (PDF)
UCLA Newsroom, October 31, 2022 (PDF)
Press Release, Latino Policy and Politics Institute, July 6, 2022
LFL Press Releases
December 7, 2023
October 5, 2023
October 4, 2023
LFL News
LFL Articles