Walk A Campus In My Shoes (WACIMS) is an awareness campaign that shines light on America’s immigration process and policies, with the goal of shattering misconceptions about immigrants and stamping out xenophobia.
Our mission is simple: WACIMS provides young people across America with the tools needed to educate others about immigration policies and immigrants. The WACIMS campaign is composed of 7 posters that trace the journey refugees take to America. The poster series can be displayed in high schools and colleges, reaching young people as they walk across campus or to and from classes. Contact us if you want to feature WACIMS at your school!
Over 9,000 Young People Reached
32 High Schools
Seventeen-year-old activist Matthew Tikhonovsky, who is the son of Ukrainian refugees, was tired of hearing anti-immigrant rhetoric. Tired of hearing “You don’t belong here” directed toward immigrants. And tired of hearing “You weren’t vetted properly” hurled at refugees like his parents. So, he decided to take action. Recognizing that hate often stems from ignorance, Matthew designed a poster series with information about America’s immigration vetting policies and began to display it at high schools in Atlanta, GA. Founded in 2017, Walk A Campus In My Shoes (WACIMS) has since grown into a national grassroots movement, spread solely through word-of-mouth. WACIMS has been featured at over 50 high schools and colleges across the nation, including at Yale and Princeton, and has even won national acclaim, including recognition by T-Mobile as a National Top 100 ChangeMaker. In just three years, WACIMS has educated over 9,000 young people nationwide about America’s immigration process.
Through awareness and activism, the WACIMS team is eager to continue fighting anti-immigrant rhetoric and prejudice and championing acceptance and inclusivity for all.