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


No green card? No problem — undocumented immigrant can practice law, court says

By Catherine E. Shoichet and Tom Watkins, CNN
updated 9:25 AM EST, Fri January 3, 2014
Illegal immigrant becomes lawyer

NEW: California State Bar: The decision is a legal one, not a political one
California’s Supreme Court: Undocumented immigrant Sergio Garcia can practice law
“I’m glad to see us moving forward in the right direction,” one law student says
Critic: Case shows troubling trend, a push to “normalize illegal immigration”

(CNN) — Sergio Garcia’s parents brought him to the United States from Mexico nearly two decades ago. He’s been waiting for a green card ever since.

But there’s one thing the undocumented immigrant no longer has to wait for, according to a California Supreme Court ruling on Thursday: his law license.

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SAN FRANCISCO, July 19, 2013 – Los Angeles attorney Luis J. Rodriguez was elected today as president of the State Bar of California for 2013-2014. He will be the first public defender and first Latino to hold the office.

Rodriguez, 46, will be sworn in as the 89th president of the 243,000-member organization at the State Bar’s Annual Meeting in October in San Jose. He currently serves as vice president and ran unopposed in the Board of Trustees election. Craig Holden, 43, a partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP of Los Angeles, was elected vice president. Heather Linn Rosing, 41, of Klinedinst PC in San Diego was elected treasurer.
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The Little School of the 400: A Mexican-American Fight for Equal Access and its Impact on State Policy

E Vázquez Ríos – 2013
… History, Department of 5-1-2013 The Little School of the 400: A Mexican-American Fight for Equal
Access and its Impact on State Policy … Vázquez Ríos, Erasmo, “The Little School of the 400: A
Mexican-American Fight for Equal Access and its Impact on State Policy” (2013). …
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Clinton Jencks and Mexican-American Unionism in the American Southwest

JJ Lorence – 2013
… process, I have been fortunate to work with the skilled editors at the University of Illinois Press,
whose professional guidance was … The University of Illinois Press granted permission to reprint
portions of “Mexican American Workers, Clinton Iencks, and Mine-Mill Social Activism in …
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Mexican Americans and Environmental Justice Change and Continuity in American Politics

B Marquez – Latino Urbanism: The Politics of Planning, Policy, and …, 2012
Some Mexican American environmental justice organizations are now a mainstay in local politics
As Rhodes (2003) observed, the EPA is still “dominated, regardless of the par- ty in power in
the White House, by professionals who come from a culture that is wanting in sensitivity

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Legally White, Socially “Mexican”: The Politics of De Jure and De Facto School Segregation in the American Southwest

R Donato… – Harvard Educational Review, 2012
… It carefully circumvented the issue of race and allowed the school district to segregate Mexican
American children based on their purported educational needs. The Salvatierra decision found
a way to dismiss race and defer to local educational professionals and their …
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IAEE Announces Patricia Farias-Barlow as 2012 IAEE Krakoff Leadership Institute Legend of the Industry

Exhibitor Online
Presently she is the official representative of Messe Dusseldorf for Mexico and serves various clients in Mexico and Latin America on diverse issues pertaining to international affairs, show management issues and training as well as consulting for …
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Photo Collections

Selected photos England and Belgium, 2016


Selected photos Filoli Gardens, Spring 2017, Spain, England, and Belgium

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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