Yehimi Cambrón

From: Michoacán, Mexico  Current City: Atlanta, GA
"I’m doing everything I can . . . to make sure that my actions are actions of permanency and to paint murals that will be here forever even if I’m not. to touch the lives of my students and plant seeds that will always bloom here."
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While having DACA makes Yehimi Cambrón’s future uncertain, she uses her art to ensure her actions have a sense of permanency. She paints wall murals that will remain forever, even if she is not able to stay here.

Growing up in Mexico, Yehimi was mostly raised by her mother while her father was in the United States trying to earn money for his family. Her family was poor, so Yehimi would help her mother make tortillas to sell by the pound . After being separated for many years, her family decided they would all move to the United States in order to be together again.

Adapting to the United States provided many challenges. Yehimi was a good student in Mexico but often felt ignorant because she didn’t understand English. She knew the content in class but couldn’t communicate it. She pushed herself and learned quickly, ultimately being enrolled in advanced reading classes a few years later. After winning third place in a state-wide art contest, Yehimi was told she couldn’t receive her prize because she had no social security number—she was undocumented. When she applied for college, she realized that many opportunities weren’t available to her because of her status.

Yehimi graduated from Agnes Scott College with a degree in Studio Art. In 2013, DACA granted Yemini the opportunity to take her passion for social justice to the classroom and become a teacher. Currently, Yehimi is an art teacher at Cross Keys High School and works with her students to celebrate the resiliency and humanity of immigrants.

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