Friday, September 23 at 7pm
Author & Advocate
speaking & signing
My (Underground) American Dream:
My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive
Julissa Arce was just eleven years old when she first came to the United States, emigrating from Mexico with her family in pursuit of a better life. Just a few short years later, however, her visa expired and she became an undocumented immigrant, living in constant fear of exposure at the edges of society. Her struggles and triumphs - finishing her education and moving up through the ranks of Wall Street - are shared in her new memoir My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive. Join us tonight as Julissa Acre will be here to discuss her latest book and share what it's like growing up undocumented.
ABOUT My (Underground) American Dream
For an undocumented immigrant, what is the true cost of the American Dream? Julissa Arce shares her story in a riveting memoir.
When she was 11 years old Julissa Arce left Mexico and came to the United States on a tourist visa to be reunited with her parents, who dreamed the journey would secure her a better life. When her visa expired at the age of 15, she became an undocumented immigrant. Thus began her underground existence, a decades long game of cat and mouse, tremendous family sacrifice, and fear of exposure. After the Texas Dream Act made a college degree possible, Julissa's top grades and leadership positions landed her an internship at Goldman Sachs, which led to a full time position--one of the most coveted jobs on Wall Street. Soon she was a Vice President, a rare Hispanic woman in a sea of suits and ties, yet still guarding her "underground" secret. In telling her personal story of separation, grief, and ultimate redemption, Arce shifts the immigrant conversation, and changes the perception of what it means to be an undocumented immigrant.
ABOUT JULISSA ARCE
JULISSA ARCE is a writer, speaker, and social-justice advocate. She is the cofounder and chairman of the Ascend Educational Fund, a college scholarship and mentorship program that assists immigrant students, regardless of their immigration status, ethnicity, or national origin. Julissa is also a board member for the National Immigration Law Center and for College Spring. Prior to becoming an advocate, she built a successful career on Wall Street, working at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch.
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