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


The Road to Tamazunchale

Fiction. THE ROAD TO TAMAZUNCHALE is one of the first achieved works of Chicano consciousness and spirit–Library Journal. Nominated for the National Book Award, this classic, first published in 1987, tells the story of Don Fausto, a very old man on the verge of death who lives in the barrio of Los Angeles. Rather than resigning himself to death, he embarks on a glorious j …
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A Hernandez – 2015
… Web. 8 Dec. 2015. Urrieta, Luis. “Identity Production in Figured Worlds: How Some Mexican
Americans Become Chicana/O Activist Educators.” Urban Review 39.2 (2007): 117- 144.
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection. Web. 8 Dec. 2015…
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10 New Books by Established Latino Authors

Over the summer I highlighted 9 books by emerging Latino voices, but it’s as important to acknowledge that Latino literature’s more familiar names are also gracing the covers on display on bookstore shelves in 2015.
Many of these prominent writers produced the foundational texts that shape the Latino literary canon such as The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros), The Latin Deli (Judith Ortiz Cofer) and The Devil’s Highway (Luis Alberto Urrea). Others listed here include the Poet Laureate of the United States, Juan Felipe Herrera, and three younger writers (Joy Castro, Lorraine López and Urayoán Noel) whose prolific and stellar output has earned them a place among these legends of Latino letters. In celebration of Latino Heritage Month, I invite readers to consider the following new books from these established Latino authors…
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Juan Felipe Herrera, From Farm Fields to Poet Laureate

The Library of Congress is to announce on Wednesday that Juan Felipe Herrera, a son of migrant farmworkers whose writing fuses wide-ranging experimentalism with reflections on Mexican-American identity, will be the next poet laureate.
The appointment is the nation’s highest honor in poetry and also something of a direct promotion for Mr. Herrera, who was poet laureate of California from 2012 to 2014…
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Author and poet Gary Soto visits Murry Fly

Soto is the author of children’s favorites like “Too Many Tamales,” “Chato’s Kitchen” and “Lucky Luis.”
Three groups of youngsters, one after the other, gathered in the school’s library for a chance to ask Soto questions, hear his stories, share their poetry and draw his portrait. Two from each group were chosen to draw a portrait of Soto, who sported a striped button-down shirt and sweater, green pants and brown wingtips, using multi-colored magic markers…
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College welcomes distinguished Chicano writer for reading March 26

CHESTERTOWN — On Thursday, March 26, the Sophie Kerr Lecture Series at Washington College will present “An Evening of Fiction with Helena María Viramontes.” The event will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Rose O’Neil Literary House, 407 Washington Ave., and is free and open to the public.
Viramontes is admired as one of Chicano literature’s most distinguished craftspeople. She began her career working for the innovative magazine ChismeArte and published her first book, “The Moths and Other Stories,” in 1985, quickly becoming a force on the Chicano literary scene. She has since published numerous essays and two novels, “Under the Feet of Jesus” and “Their Dogs Came with Them.”…
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Domingo Martinez’s Searing Memoir: ‘My Heart Is A Drunken Compass’

Author Domingo Martinez distinctly remembers the morning in October 2012 when his phone began ringing. He was lying in bed at his apartment in Seattle and his first thought was, “Wow, it’s so early, these bill collectors are calling earlier and earlier.”
It wasn’t a bill collector. It was his literary agent calling to tell him that his memoir, “The Boy Kings of Texas,” was a finalist for the National Book Award in the nonfiction category. Although Martinez did not win the award, his life was about to change. Soon he was being profiled in the New York Times and on NPR, with headlines like “From Boy King of Texas to Literary Superstar…
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Home Entertainment Story Berkeley: Mexican-American author Michele Serros, 48, dies

BERKELEY — Michele Serros, a short story writer, essayist and poet whose wry and witty observations on growing up Mexican-American in Southern California became required reading in many ethnic studies courses, has died at age 48.
Serros died Sunday at her home in Berkeley after a 20-month battle with a rare form of oral cancer, said her husband, Antonio Magana.
Serros was a community college student when she burst on the literary scene in 1994 with the publication of “Chicana Falsa and Other Stories of Death, Identity and Oxnard,” a collection of stories and poems inspired by her family life and childhood in a majority Hispanic coastal community. A fourth-generation Californian who did not learn to speak Spanish well until she was an adult, she gave voice to the struggle for belonging girls like her faced while straddling cultures…
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Contending with Poetry

On November 6th, Cal State LA was graced with a poetry reading by Associate Professor Ben V. Olguín of the University of Texas at San Antonio. The event titled, “Towards A Critical Masculinity: Lyrical Meditations on Gender, Race, and Violence from Houston to Havana: A Poetry Reading y Plática with B.V. Olguín,” was co-sponsored by the Department of Chicano Studies, the Programs in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics. The event took place in King Hall C4070, at 3:15 p.m. and was primarily focused on Dr. Olguín’s latest collection of poems, Red Leather Gloves (Hansen Publishing Group, 2014) Dr. Olguín began by asking his audience if anyone had ever boxed in the ring, either as an amateur or professional. Startled by such a question from an academic who was introduced as a Stanford alumnus, the audience of about ten undergraduate and graduate CSULA students remained silent…
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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