Matthew Tikhonovsky is a community organizer and creative strategist focused on advocating for immigrant rights and empowering immigrant communities.
In 2017, he founded Walk A Campus In My Shoes (WACIMS), a national youth-led awareness campaign that educates young people about America’s immigration policies, with the goal of debunking common myths and misconceptions about immigrants and refugees. The WACIMS poster series (pictured on the right) has been featured at over 50 high schools and colleges nationwide and was recently recognized by T-Mobile as a National Top 100 ChangeMaker. Visit Walk A Campus In My Shoes here.
Matthew is particularly passionate about empowering refugees in his hometown, Atlanta, GA. In 2015, he launched Refugee Thrive, a grassroots initiative that collects and provides clothing items to refugees living in Clarkston, GA, and Kiev, Ukraine, where his parents were raised. Through partnerships with over 20 high schools across the Atlanta-area, Matthew has collected and delivered over 9,000 clothing items to refugees over the past five years. Follow Refugee Thrive on Instagram here.