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PITTSBURGH, March 27, 2013 – La Roche College graphic design students recently created an exposition that simulates being an undocumented immigrant in the United States. The exhibition, “Shared Border, Shared Dreams,” informs, raises awareness and promotes an understanding of the obstacles undocumented immigrants face in the United States when establishing and attaining personal goals.

The exposition displays a timeline, which shows the history of the U.S. and Mexico border, and students who walk through the simulation choose a persona and one dream card representing a goal they wish to accomplish. Dream card topics include living without fear, traveling, pursuing an education or securing a job. From there, students visit stations that correspond with their dream card, and at the end of the simulation, they discover whether their dream was attainable for their persona.

Graphic design students created the simulation in their Design for Social Impact course taught by La Roche Professors Beth Shirrell and Neha Agarwal. The class researched, conceptualized and designed an experience inspired by the theme of another La Roche course, The La Roche Experience (LRCX): Regions of Conflict. The exhibition is incorporated into LRCX as a simulation event, and students enrolled in the course respond to the experience through a personal reflection journal. The Regions of Conflict course requires students to think critically about contemporary justice issues, and the journal prompt allows students to reflect on the latest plan for immigration reform in America.

“It is my hope that students have a vicarious experience of walking across the border in the shoes of someone who has dreams that are very similar to their own,” said Sister Michele Bisbey, CDP, Ph.D., professor of religious studies and Ketteler Endowed Chair of Theology at La Roche.

“Shared Border, Shared Dreams” is currently on display in the John J. Wright Library at the College’s main campus and will run through April 6. For more information, visit or email

About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.

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