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


Truth vs. perception of crime rates for immigrants

Incendiary comments made by Donald Trump and a random killing of a California woman have added fuel to national debate on the contributions of and concerns about undocumented immigrants. William Brangham speaks to Marielena Hincapié of the National Immigration Law Center, Marc Rosenblum of the Migration Policy Institute and Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies…
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Supreme Court could reshape voting districts, with big impact on Hispanics

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to take up a Texas case that challenges the way nearly every U.S. voting district – from school boards to Congress – is drawn. The case, in essence, asks the court to specify what the word “person” means in its “one person, one vote” rule. The outcome of the case could have major impacts on Hispanic voting strength and representation from coast to coast…
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Mexican and Central American Immigrant Rights: Local Justice Struggles in a Global City

C Kovic – 2015
… inequalities. Global cities are highly stratified sites which require both high-level, well paid
professionals and low-paid service sector workers, employed as domestic workers, in food industry,
and as janitors (Sassen 1991). … 7 term Mexican American, Chicano, or Hispanic. …
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Shumaker Loop names first Hispanic managing partner

Julio Esquivel, partner and a member of the management committee at Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP, is about to make history in the company.
Esquivel will be the firm’s next managing partner, taking over for J. Todd Timmerman, and will be the first Hispanic managing partner in the firm’s history.
Esquivel specializes in corporate law with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, securities, IPOs, franchise and distribution, and international transactions. He’s been a member of Shumaker Loop for 17 years, and said Partner Greg Yadley was his mentor from the start at the firm…
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The Election of Pete Chacón: Latino Hope, Pride and a New Belief in the System

By Maria E. Garcia
Peter “Pete” Chacón
The general public knew Peter Chacón as a California State Assemblyman who served from 1970-1992. Very few know or understand what Pete’s election meant to the Latino community.
From the time I was a small child I remember my parents going inside a building to vote. They would take turns voting as we sat in the car. One parent would go inside to vote while the other parent would care for us. Then the reverse would occur. Voting was always a special activity and in many ways a mystery…
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The United States and Mexico: Forging a Special Relationship

Should the United States and Mexico establish a “special relationship,” similar to those the US maintains with Great Britain and Israel? For Samir Tata, an increasingly self-confident and politically active Mexican – American population means that the historical, geographical, demographic and economic case has never been more compelling…
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In Defense of My People: Alonso S. Perales and the Development of Mexican-American Public Intellectuals ed. by Michael A. Olivas (review)

JR Buriel – Southwestern Historical Quarterly, 2014
… Perales’s professional work on behalf of Mexican Americans entailed legal practice on social
justice cases involving equality in employment … Mario T. García calls in Mexican Americans:
Leadership, Ideol- ogy, and Identity, 1930–1960, “The Mexican-American Generation” (1989 …
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Arthur J. Ochoa Receives Mexican American Bar Foundation Professional Achievement Award

Newswise — LOS ANGELES (June 17, 2014) – The Mexican American Bar Foundation named Arthur J. Ochoa, Cedars-Sinai’s senior vice president of Community Relations and Development, the 2014 recipient of the legal organization’s Professional Achievement Award. The award was presented at the Mexican American Bar Foundation’s Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala June 14 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles…
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James J. Lorence. Palomino: Clinton Jencks and Mexican-American Unionism in the American Southwest.

BD Behnken – The American Historical Review, 2014
… The union soon transferred him to New Mexico, where local Mexican American leaders such
as Juan Chacón were already involved in a bitter … The jury found Jencks guilty of perjury based
largely on the testimony of FBI informant and professional liar Harvey Matusow, who …
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Divorce and the “Modern Family”: Using a DR to a ddress Our Ever-Diversifying Society’s Family Law needs

By Antoinette Raheem
with the contributions of
Holly Thompson, Sayed Mostafa, Tim
Cordes,Eileen Slank, and Belem Morales

We all know that divorce is never a one-size-fits-all process. However, when the parties to a domestic matter are culturally
or otherwise diverse, family lawyers need recognize that even more care should be taken to address the unique needs
of the parties. While it goes without saying that, within any group, people are unique and no one group has all the same
characteristics, to the extent there may be some prevalent…
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“…And would it have been worth it, after all,
Would it have been worth while,
After the sunsets and the dooryards and the sprinkled streets,
After the novels, after the teacups, after the skirts that trail along the floor—
And this, and so much more?—
It is impossible to say just what I mean!
But as if a magic lantern threw the nerves in patterns on a screen:
Would it have been worth while…”

T.S. Eliot
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Press Release

2015 Annual Report on Mexican American Professionals Now Available

The 2015 Annual Report on Mexican American Professionals is now available on

News from the 2015 American Community Service shows good increases in the numbers of Mexican Americans attending college, achieving educational attainment, and holding jobs in industries including science, management, and business.

• Mexican American college enrollment increased from 18.7% to 18.9% between 2014 and 2015
• Graduate or professional degree attainment among Mexican Americans rose from 2.9% to 3.0%
• The number of Mexican Americans achieving bachelor’s degrees rose from 7.6% to 7.8% in 2015

Despite these numbers, Mexican Americans are still near the bottom of college enrollment and educational attainment by race and ethnicity.

The University of California is proactive in pushing for a greater number of underrepresented minorities. The number Chicano/Latino students attending UOC increased by 2.7% since 2014; this group now makes up 32.3% of admitted university freshmen.

In terms of occupations, the number of Mexican Americans making up part of the management, business, science, and art occupations continues to rise, from 16.6% to 17.5% from 2012 to 2015. Mexican Americans have also seen consistent numbers in the professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services occupations, keeping steady at 10.2% of all jobs in these fields held by Mexican Americans.

These numbers represent continuing gains in higher education and professional jobs for Mexican Americans. For more, visit