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

Low Graduate Enrollment For 2014 Continues

By Humberto Gutierrez
Edited by Kristen House

The 2014 American Community Survey shows low enrollment numbers for Mexican American students in the 2014-2015 school year.

In 2013, graduate and/or professional degree achievement rate was 11.2% of the total population but only 2.8% of Mexican Americans. In 2014, the graduate and/or professional degree achievement rate grew to 11.4% of the overall population and 2.9% of Mexican Americans.

Graduate and professional degree achievement has increased slightly between 2013 and 2014. Degree achievement rates among Mexican Americans also increased slightly, from 2.8 to 2.9 percent. This is an improvement from the 2012-2013 rates, which showed a .1% drop in college enrollment among the total population and a .5% drop in Mexican American college enrollment.

In 2013, only 2.8% of Mexican Americans and 1.5% of foreign-born Mexican Americans completed a graduate or professional degree. This number is up .1% since last year’s statistics.

Research has shown that many Mexican Americans are getting their associate’s or bachelor’s degrees, at 21.8% and 7.3% respectively in 2013, but are not moving on to pursue a graduate or professional degree.


  • Census Bureau, Selected Population Profile in the United States: 2012 and 2013
  • Census Bureau, Selected Population Profile in the United States: 2013 and 2014
  • United States S0201 and B 05006. Selected population Profile in the United States
  • Population groups: Mexican and Mexico (foreign-born)
  • Data set: American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates for years 2012 and 2013
  • Census Bureau, American Fact Finder, Selected population Profile in the Untied States

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