Sandra M. Pacheco

(Lecturer, UC Berkley, Gender and Women’s Studies) 

Dr. Sandra M. Pacheco is a semi-retired professor and consultant with over 27 years of experience as a professor and administrator in higher education. She earned her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  

Dr. Pacheco’s teaching, research, and activist work focuses on engaging liberatory healing practices through Chicana, Latina, and Indigena feminisms and spiritualities, and critical decolonial psychology. She was one of the first professors to teach a university, experiential course on curanderismo called: Ancestral Healing Traditions.  Her engagement with this topic has continued through consultant work with therapists, activists, community members, colleges, and universities as they work to bridge ancestral indigenous medicine with modern practices.  

She lives part of the year in Oaxaca, Mexico where she studies with Doña Enriqueta Contreras and Pastora Gutierrez Reyes, curanderas within a Zapotec tradition. Locally, she is the co-founder of Curanderas sin Fronteras, a grassroots organization dedicated to serving the health and well-being of underserved communities through traditional ancestral medicine and educational workshops.  

As an activist she is committed to protecting Native American Sacred Sites on Lisjan Territories and beyond.  To learn about whose land you are on, go to: 

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