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Daisy Cardenas

Daisy Cardenas is working as a bilingual clinician at Side by Side, alongside her third year of studies in the counseling psychology graduate program at the University of San Francisco. Side by Side, a Bay Area nonprofit, serves at-risk youth and their families. As part of its therapeutic behavioral services team in Santa Rosa, Daisy will continue to provide intensive, in-home support services for children with moderate to severe behavioral challenges. In addition, Daisy serves as Program Coordinator for Santa Rosa Junior College’s Health Occupation Preparation Education (HOPE) program, which provides support to first-generation, low-income students pursuing careers in health care. The program aims to increase the number of bilingual and bicultural healthcare professionals in Sonoma County.

Daisy is a first-generation student herself and comes from a Spanish-speaking immigrant family. She earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Sonoma State University in 2018 and then decided to pursue a master’s in marriage and family therapy. Daisy is a recipient of the Mental Health Talent Pipeline Project scholarship project which aims to increase the number of bilingual mental health professionals in Sonoma County. Daisy has worked with many community serving agencies such as Latino Service Providers, Latino Health Forum, Mi Futuro, running groups at the Juvenile Hall and is currently a mentor in the DALE program, where she works with high school students from Healdsburg who are focusing on immigration justice issues.

Daisy grew up in Richmond, CA but moved up to Sonoma County in 2016 for college and sees herself continuing to build her future out here along with her husband, Miguel.

Read more about Daisy on our blog.