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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: 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.

Contact Information:

Eric Cuellar

Associate Professor of Counseling and CLEEO Coordinator

OCC Multicultural Center

(714) 432-5778