By Tatiana Diaz – The Collegiate Staff
Grand Rapids Community College’s 23rd Diversity Lecture Series continues at 7 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the Fountain Street Church with Julissa Arce, author of “My (Underground) American Dream.”
Arce is an accomplished writer, speaker, immigrant rights and education advocate, businesswoman, and, for some time, an undocumented immigrant. The lecture will surround her book which recounts her journey to Wall Street as an undocumented woman.
The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equality and Inclusion at GRCC is hosting the lecture.
“(Arce) will be talking about her personal journey from an undocumented student to a V.P. at Goldman Sachs,” said Domingo Hernandez-Gomez, Director of The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equality and Inclusion. “And she uses this inspiring experience to change the conversation around immigration.”
Since her time on Wall Street, Arce has co-founded the Ascend Educational Fund which is a college scholarship and mentorship program for immigrant students in New York City. The program helps students regardless of their immigration status. She also serves on the board of directors of the National Immigration Law Center and College Spring.
Arce has also recounted her journey towards the American Dream for publications nationwide like Huffington Post, CNN, CNN en Español, Univision and more. She has also given talks at numerous TedEx events and Forbes Reinventing America Summit.
Arce’s goal is to bring awareness to immigration issues. Her book, according to her website, hopes to shed some light on the true cost of the American Dream for an undocumented immigrant.
Hernandez-Gomez hopes the audience learns from tomorrow’s lecture.
“Keep an open mind to current issues that are critical to understanding each other,” Hernandez-Gomez said.
For more information on GRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series, please contact The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Quality and Inclusion at (616) 234-3390.