Lyceum focuses on undocumented students’ experiences

By Savannah Phillips, student writer

Immigration status should never be a determinant of success. That’s the core message of an upcoming Lyceum that will feature a panel discussion involving representatives from Golden Door Scholars and some Wingate students who have benefited from the nonprofit’s programs.

“Undocumented: College Students’ Challenges and Experiences” will be offered online from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13. The event is open to the public and accessible via Zoom.

Founded in 2013 by Ric Elias, CEO of Charlotte-based Red Ventures, Golden Door Scholars seeks to promote economic mobility for undocumented students. In addition to partnering with universities to provide tuition and room-and-board for students as they pursue four-year degrees, GDS offers mentoring, internships and job-search support.

Carley Tucker, senior program associate at GDS, will represent the organization on the panel to share details about services available to undocumented students. Wingate is one of 19 universities that are partners to GDS.

Also during the Lyceum, some of Wingate’s Golden Door Scholars will offer insight into their college experience as they talk about the obstacles they have faced and how they have been able to overcome them.

The online panel discussion is a Growth Lyceum and one of seven events that have been planned as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, which kicked off Sept. 15. The final one, a celebration of Latin American music and dance, is set for Friday at 4:30 p.m. in Austin Auditorium. An Arts Lyceum, it will feature Brazilian capoeira and Mexican folklorico dancers in addition to performances from Wingate music students.

Learn more about Lyceums at Wingate.

Oct. 11, 2021