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Counseling Latin@s for Equity & Engagement (CLEEO): Create movement toward an educational pathway of success and degree attainment

CLEEO Project

​The Vision of the CLEEO Project

CLEEO Project has a commitment to promote Latin@s access and success in higher education in an equitable and culturally supportive environment.  The CLEEO Project’s focus is on developing an educational pathway for college students with an emphasis on the successful development of life skills and the attainment of Associate and Bachelor degrees and beyond toward a Post-Graduate education.

CLEEO Project: Benefits and Services

A Multicultural Counseling Service guided with a culturally sensitive focus and understanding of Latin@ perspectives and directed toward academic major preparation and success in transferring to universities and preparation for postgraduate school (PhD.) and Professional School (Business, Law, and Medicine).   Also, Counseling services available for students interested in the OCC Honors program and career specialization in STEM and Future Teacher Preparation.     

CLEEO Project: Academic Opportunities and Events

Counseling Honors Course: The Chican@/Latin@ Experience in Higher Education 

View the Chican@/Latin@ Experience in Higher Education flyer.

Lecture/Workshop Semester Series: featuring national and global recognized guest scholars.

Annual Cuellar Family Scholarship for transferring students

Presentations by University representatives regarding transfer preparation and academic programs.

Academic and Career Networking and Mentoring for students

Latin@ Youth Conference

CLEEO Project Professional Development Opportunities for faculty and staff focused on Cultural Competency.

CLEEO Summit 6.0 Events

Discovering the Artist: Communicate & Celebrate, the Star within

March 5, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to noon at the OCC Multicultural Center 

Acclaimed actor, Pepe Serna, has appeared in more than 100 feature films and 300 television shows.  His CLEEO 6.0 presentation is titled "Discover the Artist: Communicate and Celebrate, the Star within" and will feature improvisational acting techniques that incorporate culture and focus on character education.  His breakthrough improv techniques aid sharing cultural values and traditions to build self-confidence and esteem.  His work has inspired many over 40 years, including educators, students, sports teams, and corporate professionals. CLEEO provides cultural competency opportunities for the OCC campus community and supports Latin@s academic success in higher education.

View the CLEEO Summit Poster: Pepe Serna

Presentation and Art Exhibit Combing Through Hystory y Nuestra Identidad

April 30, 2019, 3 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. at the OCC Multicultural Center 

Featuring local artists: Gloria Sanchez, Heriberto Luna, Jennifer Guiterrez-Morgan, and Abel Rodriguez. This event will be examining through a Latin@ lens: Gender, Sexuality, and Identity from Pre-Columbian to contemporary Latinx through art works of various mediums such as painting, drawing, crafts, and installation art. The art exhibit will be available through May 2nd.

Funded by OCC Student Equity and IMC.

View the CLEEO Summit Flyer: Presentation and Art Exhibit

How I Used the Latino Double Impostor Syndrome to Fuel My Career

May 2, 2019, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the OCC Multicultural Center


Why do many Latino students, especially in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) feel unwelcome in higher education? How can Latinos feel empowered to be in charge of their own education?
Dr. David E. Hayes-Bautista, Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, shares his personal story of how his struggles with the Latino Double Impostor Syndrome fueled his academic career in health sciences research.

While many groups can feel the Impostor Syndrome in college, Latinos have to deal with unique Latino Double Impostor Syndrome:

  • They feel they are too Mexican to be American; then
  • They feel they are too American to be Mexican.
How can Latino students feel that they "fit in" with the world of higher education? Especially in the sciences?
Dr. Hayes-Bautista shares how he found his academic leadership voice by confronting, and solving, his personal experience of the Latino Double Impostor Syndrome.  His leadership voice has guided his research career at the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at UCLA to achieve first-ever insights into Latinos, health and American society.

View the CLEEO Summit Poster: David E. Hayes-Bautista.

CLEEO Project 6.0 Presentations

"Culture and Comics: An Artistic Journey"

OCC Multicultural Center, March 20, 2019, 2 - 3:30 P.M. 

By Javier Hernandez, Cartoonist and Author of the Comic Book Series, El Muerto.

Publisher-Los COMEX

"The Evolution of Latino Urbanism: From the Civil Rights to the Present"

OCC Multicultural Center, April 18, 2019, 3 - 4:30 P.M. 

By James Rojas, Urban Planner, Community Activist, and Artist.

Founder-Latino Urban Forum

"Authoring The Magical Mindful Day: Developing Compassion and Creativity in your Life"

OCC Multicultural Center, April 23, 2019, 3 - 4:30 P.M. 

By Deborah Salazar Shapiro, Author, Psychotherapist, Mindfulness Teacher, and Artist.

Book Author of -"The Magical Mindful Day"

"Financial Concepts and Ideas to strengthen the Latino Community"

OCC Multicultural Center, April 25, 2019, 3 - 4:30 P.M. 

By Diego Hayes-Bautista, Financial Planner.


Contact Information:

Eric Cuellar

Associate Professor of Counseling and CLEEO Coordinator

OCC Multicultural Center

(714) 432-5778