Berea College Welcomes Julissa Arce

The American DREAMer:
From Undocumented to Wall Street to Immigration Advocate

Ms. Julissa ArceAuthor, writer, speaker, and social justice advocate Julissa Arce will speak at Berea College on November 3 to share her story of helping to bring change to conversations about immigration and immigration reform. This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 3:00pm in Phelps Stokes Chapel on the Berea College campus.

In 2005, Julissa Arce became an analyst at Goldman Sachs and during the next six years climbed the ranks, even during the financial crisis to become vice president. All the while, her colleagues did not know that she was undocumented from Mexico. With all of the success that Arce has earned she now uses her platform around the issues of immigration and social justice. In 2016, Arce published her memoir My (Underground) American Dream.

The convocation events, which are provided to both the campus and public communities at no cost, are a significant part of a student’s educational experience at Berea College. See for the schedule of all convocations this academic year.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.