SAC Speaks Lecture Series: Julissa Arce

Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts, Mary Linn Auditorium

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Julissa Arce is a best-selling author of "My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive." She was named one of People en Español’s 25 Most Powerful Woman of 2017. She is a leading voice in the fight for social justice, immigrant rights, and education equality. Her second book, "Someone Like Me," will be her first Young Adult book and is set for publication in September 2018.

She is a contributor for Crooked Media, CNBC, and one of the hosts of "Crooked Conversations." Her book, "My Underground American Dream" is currently being developed as a television series at Twentieth Century Fox Television with producer and actor America Ferrera.

Her commitment to education for all young people led her to co-create the Ascend Educational Fund (AEF) where she serves as chairwoman of the board. AEF is a college scholarship and mentorship program for immigrant students in New York City, regardless of their ethnicity, national original or immigration status. Since its founding in 2012, AEF has awarded over $320,000 in college scholarships.

Prior to becoming an advocate, she built a successful career on Wall Street working for Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, and had seemingly achieved the American Dream—yet she was not part of what defined American.

Julissa immigrated to America from Mexico at the age of 11 and was undocumented for almost 15 years, some of them spent rising to prominence on Wall Street. She made national and international headlines when she revealed that she had achieved the American Dream of wealth and status at Goldman Sachs while undocumented.

Julissa now uses her inspirational story to change the conversation around immigration. A sought after speaker and political commentator, she gives talks at college campuses across the nation and events such as Tedx, the White House Latino Policy Summit, the Democratic National Convention, Politicon, and the Forbes Reinventing America Summit (alongside Nancy Pelosi, Jessica Alba, and Gayle King).

She has appeared on CNN, FOX NEWS, MSNBC, NPR, Fox Business News, Telemundo, Bloomberg TV and Univision among other networks. Her writing has been published on Crooked Media, Huffington Post, Fusion, CNN, CNN en Español, The Hill, and Univision. She serves on the board of directors of the National Immigration Law Center and CollegeSpring.

She has appeared on the cover of Alegria Magazine, received the Los Angeles Times "Latinos de Hoy Emerging Leader Award, the NAHREP's Vanguard Award, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation Inspira Award, among other recognitions.

She was officially sworn in as an American citizen in August of 2014. Her story has a happy ending and she fights so more people can say the same.

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