Sandra Calles, PhD

Dr. Sandra Calles is a psychologist, educator, life coach, mentor and activist. Her passion is to advocate for causes she believes in, teach about mental health topics, and guide others, so they may achieve success in their personal and career endeavors.

She has over 11 years of experience as a mental health professional having worked at various mental health facilities. Most recently she was a therapist at Los Angeles Harbor College at the Life Skills Center. While at Harbor College, she helped many students overcome emotional obstacles so they could transfer to universities and meet their career goals. She devotes her personal and professional life to political causes, and activities that promote mental health, women’s issues, the empowerment of Latinas through education, business ownership, financial literacy and political engagement. Dr. Sandra is a graduate of California State University, Dominguez Hills, earning both a BA in Human Services and an MA in Clinical Psychology. She earned her doctorate from Saybrook University in Psychology, where she developed a treatment modality from her research on survivors of sudden cardiac death. The treatment plan known as PROSPER, is an acronym detailing a healing plan that can be applied to survivors of various traumas and is the underpinning for the work she does with her clients..... Continue Reading Shows A Very Low Percentage Of Mexican Americans In Graduate School For 2013

Only 2.8 percent of Mexican American college graduates move on to get a graduate or professional degree, and worse for foreign-born Mexican Americans: only 1.5 percent of that group goes on to get a graduate degree or certificate. releases the troublesome educational attainment figures for the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey for the year 2013.

Although the college or graduate school enrollment in 2013 did not change much since 2012, the educational attainment for these groups of Mexican Americans is unacceptable. ¿Que paso? It’s true that out of the already low 18.1 percent enrollment of all Mexican Americans in higher education, 7.3 percent complete their B.A. and 21.8 percent complete some college or associate’s degree, but only 2.8 percent of Mexican Americans obtain a graduate or professional degree. This is terrible in comparison to the total population, which has a graduate or professional degree completion rate of 11.2 percent.

A bright light in the horizon is a program formed by an alliance of Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, and Caltech Universities “to unite and boost minority Ph.D. students and faculty” by “creating a unique, cross-institutional community of underrepresented minorities and developing faculty training to better recognize and help this group.”

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