Community Book Conversations by Julissa Arce - My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive

Along with other community organizations, COCC and Building Common Ground will again organize several community book conversations on My (Underground) American Dream by Julissa Arce.  The book explores the polarizing question: for an undocumented immigrant, what is the true cost of the American dream?  The conversations will span a period of 4 weeks at a variety of meeting places. These book studies will be powerful explorations on the topic of immigration.  

Collaborators with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion include Building Common Ground and Deschutes Cultural Coalition.


Book Conversation Groups


All Peoples United Church of Christ

Sundays, January 7 and 21, Feb. 4 and 18, 10:00-10:50 am

Community meeting room, Redmond Public Library, 827 Deschutes Avenue, Redmond

Facilitator contacts:  Nancy Cook ( and Laurie Power (

RSVP with Nancy Cook at or 541.526.5728


Bend Baha’i Community
Thursdays, January 11, 18, 25, and February 1, 5-6:00 pm,

Brooks Room, Bend Downtown Library, 507 NW Wall, Bend.  
Facilitator and RSVP: Peg Slothower 541 771-1640,


COCC Bend Campus

Wednesdays, January 17,24, 31and Feb. 7, noon to 1pm, 

Barber Library South Oregon Room, Bend Campus

Facilitators:  Cat Finney, Kirsten Hostetler and Tina Hovekamp

RSVP with Cat Finney at


COCC Madras Campus
Wednesdays, Jan 17, 24, and 31, 11:30 am -12:30 pm, and Feb 8 at 5:30 pm
Community Room, 117 Madras Campus, 1170 E Ashwood Rd
Facilitator:  Courtney Snead, RSVP at


COCC Prineville Campus

Mondays, January 22,29, Feb. 5and Feb. 12, noon to 1pm, 

Prineville Campus

Facilitator:  Christy Walker, RSVP at


COCC Redmond Campus

Wednesdays, January 17,24, 31and Feb. 14, noon to 1pm, 

Multicultural Center, 306 Building 3, Redmond Campus

Facilitators:  Evelia Sandoval and Tina Redd

RSVP with Evelia Sandoval,

Social Justice Center
Tuesdays, beginning January 9 at 6:00 pm for 6 Tuesdays.
155 NW Irving Street, Bend
Facilitator:  Bruce Morris,


Trinity Episcopal's Peace and Social Justice Team

Tuesdays, January 9, 16, 23 and Feb. 13 and 20, 10-11:30 am

Trinity Episcopal Church, 469 NW Wall at Idaho, Bend

Facilitators:  Mary Ann Mays,, 541-318-5751, and Charlies Johnson,

Julissa Arce