Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Small Monkey, 1945 (Oil on masonite). Collection Museu Dolores Olmedo, Xochimilco, Mexico, © 2019 Banco de México, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico City, Mexico.


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Julissa Arce: Someone Like Me: My (Undocumented) Journey to the American Dream
October 14, 2019 | 7:00 - 8:30p FREE

Glenbard South
23W200 Butterfield Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

The Glenbard Parent Series: (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families will present My (Undocumented and Underground) American Dream with Julissa Arce at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14 at Glenbard South in Glen Ellyn.  

On the surface CNBC newscaster Julissa Arce's story reads like a how-to manual for achieving the American dream as she worked tirelessly at school , achieved academic excellence, and landed a coveted job on Wall Street.

Julissa immigrated to America from Mexico at the age of 11 and later made national and international headlines when she revealed that she had achieved success at Goldman Sachs while undocumented. Today Arce is a political commentator, and the best-selling author of My (Underground) American Dream, and the young adult novel Someone Like Me. Join us when Arce will share her incredible and inspiring  true story, and examine the plight of the millions of other undocumented Americans living in the U.S.

What are the physical, financial, and emotional costs of the stunning secret that she, like many other high-achieving, successful individuals in the United States, had been forced to keep not only from her bosses, but even from their closest friends. Arce's story provides a deep look into the little-understood world of a new generation of undocumented immigrants in the United States today--kids who live next door, sit next to you in class, or may even be one of your best friends. Here is a story that shows us anything is possible. 

Arce 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, immigration rights and education equality. My (Underground) American Dream is currently being developed as a television series at FOX with producer and actor America Ferrera.

Erika Sanchez: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
November 20, 2019 | 7:00 - 8:30p FREE

Glenbard South
23W200 Butterfield Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

The Glenbard Parent Series: (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families will host a special author event with Erika Sanchez, the New York Times best selling author of I Am Not Your Perfect MexicanDaughter at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Glenbard South in Glen Ellyn.  

It is said that the “perfect” Mexican daughter does not go away to college. The “perfect” Mexican daughter does not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. The “perfect” Mexican daughters never abandon her family. But the Julia of this story is not your “perfect” Mexican daughter. That was her sister's role. Then a tragic accident on a busy Chicago street leaves her sister dead and Julia left behind -- to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family.

Join us when we welcome 2017 National Book Award finalist , and contemporary young adult author Erika Sanchez. Here is an empowering, stereotype-shattering coming-of-age story about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, anxieties and expectations, of growing up today as a Mexican-American.  This beautifully written story is both heart wrenching and humorous.

Erika L. Sánchez is a poet, a feminist, and a cheerleader for young women everywhere. She was the love advice columnist for Cosmopolitan for Latinas for three years, and her writing has appeared in numerous important publications writing complex, empowering stories about girls of color–what she wanted to read as a young adult.