Image for Border Doors exhibitFeatured during Human Rights Awareness Week 2017

Border Doors

In February, 2017, Cascadia exhibited Border Doors, a collection of more than 25 full-scale doors upon which personal immigration stories have been created. These doors evoked fear and joy. They expressed the remarkable and the mundane. And they invited us to take a glimpse into real-life immigrant experiences.

Claudio Pérez, teacher at Sandia Preparatory in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Cascadia faculty Jesús Pérez, PhD, brought the original 18 life-size “Border Doors” to our campus in Bothell as part of the college’s Human Rights Awareness Week. These doors were created by high school students in New Mexico and displayed at the University of New Mexico in April 2016.

Local groups and individuals created 12 new doors that illustrated their personal immigration experiences. These doors joined the exhibit on February 7, with an opening reception, in which the Seattle slam poet Roberto Carlos Ascalon was featured. 


21 Progress 

Casa Latina and Grupo Cultural Oaxaqueño

Cascadia College:  Chinese Communication Club

Cascadia College:  Vietnamese Students

Cascadia College:  International Programs

Castillo-Cisneros Family: Maria, José Luís,
and Marcus (age 7)

Fulgencio Lazo

LEAP (Latino Education Achievement Project)

Mill Creek Middle School – Kent
Kent Meridian High School – Kent
Washington High School – Tacoma
Franklin Pierce High School – Tacoma

Juanita High School



photo of local artist Fulgencio Lazo

Fulgencio Lazo

The Border Door Exhibit is very fortunate to have the world-renowned Seattle artist, Fulgencio Lazo, as one of the participants. Born in Oaxaca, Mexico, he received a degree from the Fine Arts School in Oaxaca. Trained as a print maker, Mr. Lazo works predominantly with acrylics on canvas in his studios in Seattle and Oaxaca, Mexico. He has had over 40 solo shows throughout the US, Mexico, Japan and France, and has numerous pieces in public collections. He enjoys making installations for Day of the Dead at many Seattle area museums, schools and community centers.




photo of Roberto Carlos Ascalon, slam poet

Roberto Carlos Ascalon

Roberto Ascalon is a NYC born poet and teaching artist. He is a Kundiman, Artist Trust and Jack Straw Fellow and a two-time Seattle Slam Team member. His poem,“The Fire This Time ,or, How Come Some Brown Boys Get Blazed Right Before Class And Other Questions Without Marks” won the 2013 Rattle Poetry Prize and garnered him a Pushcart nomination. His residencies have led to installations, performances and exhibits at venerable institutions across Seattle, including MOHAI, the Frye Art Museum, the Northwest African American Museum and the Seattle Art Museum. One such residency in 2011 earned him a trip to the White House where he received the honor of shaking hands with President Obama.