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


Hispanic Entrepreneurs: Immigrant Opens Her Dream Dance School

NEW YORK, NY — Just two years ago, Lily Urzúa came to Queens, New York from Mexico to pursue her dreams of owning a dance company. With one suitcase and $200 in hand, she founded the Urzúa Queens Center of Performing Arts.
She’s realizing her dream, but the Latina entrepreneur concedes it requires more hard work than she expected.
“You just want it that bad that you think, ‘when I’m there everything is going to be nice,'” said Urzúa. “I just want to be enjoying it without suffering it.”…
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1 ‘Embodying the transnational: How young Mexican – American women negotiate the intersections of gender, race and class in the U.S. – Mexico borderlands’

C O’Neill Gutierrez – 2015
Page 1. 1 ‘Embodying the transnational: How young Mexican-American women negotiate the
intersections of gender, race and class in the US-Mexico borderlands’ … Mexican-American
household that moves past limited notions of macho men and subservient women. …
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Joe Debro on racism in construction, Part 10: The Mexican American al laborer and entrepeneur(continued)

A 1968 book-length report, titled “A Study of the Manpower Implications of Small Business Financing: A Survey of 149 Minority and 202 Anglo-Owned Small Businesses in Oakland, California,” was sent to the Bay View by its author, Joseph Debro, prior to his death in November 2013, and his family has kindly permitted the Bay View to publish it. The survey it’s based on was conducted by the Oakland Small Business Development Center, which Debro headed, “in cooperation with the small businessmen of Oakland, supported in part by a grant, No. 91-05-67-29, from the U.S. Department of Labor, Manpower Administration, Office of Manpower, Policy, Evaluation and Research.” Project co-directors were Jack Brown and Joseph Debro, and survey coordinator was Agustin Jimenez. The Bay View is publishing the report as a series. A prolog appeared in the December 2013 Bay View, Part 1 in January 2014, Part 2 in February, Part 3 in April, Part 4 in May, Part 5 in June, Part 6 in August, Part 7 in October, Part 8 in November, Part 9 in January 2015 and this is Part 10 of the report…
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New Digital Archive Details Challenges for Mexican Journalists, Migrants

An innovative, open-access archive documenting personal stories of journalists who have been silenced, and also government processes that cannot be videotaped or photographed, is being introduced at the University of Arizona.
Called “The Documented Border,” the digital archive includes original border-related research material collected and curated by UA faculty along the U.S.-Mexico border, representing a unique resource for researchers, scholars and others interested…
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American-Mexican Company Builds Bridge to Help US Small Businesses Exhibit at Trade Shows in Mexico City

Expo Solutions Mexico is a logistics coordination service offering American small businesses a budget friendly solution to exhibiting at trade shows in Mexico City.
Minneapolis, MN, August 13, 2014 –(– New Company creates a bridge for small U.S. businesses on a budget wishing to do trade shows in Mexico.
The new logistics coordination service company offers financially smart solutions for small businesses who want to expand into the Mexican market by exhibiting at trade shows. The service offers logistics coordination and a concierge service for the visiting business executives. The objective of the services is to save time, money, worry and risk, allowing the visiting business…
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Mexican-American To Coordinate Care Immigrants, Undocumented Children In Chicago

Mexican-American Tonantzin Carmona, 24, has assumed the management of the Office of New Americans at Chicago City Hall, which provides needed aid to immigrants and will coordinate shelter in this city for 1,000 undocumented Central American children.
The young woman replaces another Mexican, Adolfo Hernandez, who was the first director of this office, founded by Mayor Rahm Emanuel soon after he was elected, with the mission of making Chicago the best city in the world…
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Opera Mediaworks offers expanded reach to U.S. Hispanic consumers

SAN MATEO, California, Apr 15, 2014 (PR Newswire Europe via COMTEX) — — Integration of Hunt Mobile Ads opens up new possibilities

SAN MATEO, California, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Opera Mediaworks, the world’s largest mobile ad platform, today announced an expanded reach across the U.S. Hispanic population through the integration of Hunt Mobile Ads, the leading mobile ad network in Latin America. This will make Opera Mediaworks the best mobile network to reach the Hispanic audience across the United States at scale through premium U.S. and Latin American publishers.
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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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“…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