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Placida Gallegos, Ph.D. - Fielding Graduate University. Cedar Crest, NM, US

Placida Gallegos, Ph.D.

Faculty Emerit - School of Leadership Studies | Fielding Graduate University


Local and Global Diversity, Transformative Learning, Racial Identity; Chair, FGU Inclusion Council



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Placida Gallegos:  Make Your Workplace More Latina-Friendly Placida V. Gallegos (Center for Hispanic Leadership Summit)




Placida Gallegos, PhD, is a member of the doctoral faculty in the School of Leadership Studies at Fielding Graduate University.

Industry Expertise (2)



Areas of Expertise (17)

Social and Ecological Justice

Achievement Gap & Increasing Latino College Completion

Human Development and Consciousness

Fostering Inclusive, Multicultural Organizations

Social Psychology

Theories of Personality

Organization Development

Personal Growth and Development

Cultural Competency

Fostering Inclusive, Multicultural Environments

Intergroup Relations

Development of “Non-Traditional Leaders” in Organizations Such as Women and People of Color

Transformative Communication

Nonverbal and Verbal Communication Effectiveness

Coaching & Mentoring Across Cultures

Coordinated Management of Meaning

Transformative Learning

Education (3)

University of California, Riverside: PhD, Social Psychology and Personality 1987

University of California, Riverside: MA, Social Psychology and Personality 1984

Loma Linda University: MS, Marriage, Family and Child Counseling 1981

Affiliations (7)

  • National Council of La Raza : Member
  • Academy of Management : Member
  • CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution : Member
  • MANA, National Latina Professional Association : Member
  • Intercultural Institute : Member
  • National Conference on Race and Ethnicity : Member
  • SolFire Consulting : Owner

Media Appearances (1)

3 Reasons Why Latinas Are Leaving Corporate America and Becoming Entrepreneurs

The Huffington  online


788,000 Latinas now run their own businesses, according to the most recent Survey of Business Owners (last conducted in 2007). This represents a 46% increase against a 20% found across all female business owners over a five-year period. Their national background is Mexican (44%), Cuban (9%), and Puerto Rican (8%), also complemented by a myriad of Central and South American nationalities. In addition, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce points out that...

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Event Appearances (5)

Reimagining Learning by Engaging Local & Global Diversity: Building our Capacity for Relational Eloquence

(November, 2012) International Conference on Transformative Learning  San Francisco, CA

Group Processes that Foster Transformative Learning at Multiple Levels of System: Individual, Relational and Societal - An Experiential Session

(November, 2012) International Conference on Transformative Learning  San Francisco, CA

Latina Wisdom at Work: Stepping into our Power as Leaders

National Council of La Raza Conference  Las Vegas, NV


Latina and Latino Ethnoracial Identity: Redefining Ourselves in Challenging Times

National Conference on Race & Ethnicity (NCORE)  New York City, NY


Sharing Our Perspective on Racial Identity: Reflections, Dialogue, and Synthesis

National Conference on Race & Ethnicity (NCORE)  New York City, NY


Articles (5)

Engaging Diversity: Disorienting Dilemmas that Transform Relationships


(2009) Mitch Samuels from Optimistic, Inc. approached our consulting firm with concerns about his organization's growing diversity, citing numerous examples of conflicts among different subgroups, both functional and cultural. Concerned about issues of productivity and ...

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Identity orientations of Latinos in the United States: Implications for leaders and organizations


(2007) Latinos and Latinas in US organizations are often engaged in conversations in which they feel misunderstood, stereotyped, or categorized in ways that do not reflect the full richness or complexity of their identities. This article reviews a model of Latino identity ...

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Acculturation and Health Beliefs of Mexican Americans Regarding Tuberculosis Prevention

Journal of Immigrant Health

(April, 2004) Mexican Americans are at particular risk of contracting tuberculosis. Yet too little is known about perceptions influencing their health. This study investigated gender and acculturation differences in TB-specific Health Belief Model (HBM) constructs, and the applicability of the HBM's traditional configuration to Mexican Americans...

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Community Development in Rural Mexico: The Social Psychological Effects of Adult Education

Journal of Applied Social Psychology

(1988) A field study compared the social-psychological impact of two traditional adult education programs (certification and literacy) with a socio-ecologically oriented approach in three rural Mexican community types varying in structure and ...

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Environmental influences and personal choice: A humanistic perspective on acculturation

Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences

(1985) The purpose of this paper is to provide a theoretical rationale for the application of the Garza and Lipton (1982) interactional model to the study of acculturation. The major contention is that past models have failed to adequately account for the highly complex ...

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