CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Hundreds of protesters let Southern Illinois University leadership know how they felt about issues on campus, but not every protester gathered on campus.
Graduate student Evan Brown said issues happening on SIU's campus is something he felt Illinois lawmakers couldn't handle, so he took his efforts to the top.
"I attend Southern Illinois University if you don't know," Evans said in a video posted on Facebook. "We coming to pretty much ask the president for some help."
Brown, along with a friend, decided to travel more than 800 miles to protest outside of the White House.
"It was 12 hours," he said. "It was raining, but we were kinda determined to do what we had to do to make a statement."
While in the nation's capital, Brown held signs that read "Stop the Racism" with hashtag "SIUC" and "It's 2016," which referenced how far he believes the nation should be after decades of desegregation.
Brown said he feels his efforts in D.C., along with student protesters on campus made a huge difference in the direction of SIU's future
"We did prove what we wanted to get across, Evans said. "We were heard and not only for the racial issues that's been going on, but also the student debt."
Brown said he didn't get the chance to speak with anyone inside the White House, but he hopes his efforts show how serious students are about the issues on their campus.