The subject is bullying, and it is over the news recently. To combat the problem, a College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) committee developed the Anti-Bullying Awareness Prevention Week, entitled No One’s Week, This Week, that featured Chalk for Change, February 20, 2012, in the O’Connor residence hall courtyard. CSE students were invited to create works of art and write inspirational quotes on the courtyard ground with chalk. While music played in the background by a student DJ, the students jumped rope symbolizing “stomping out bullying” according to CSE student body president, Tyefah Byers-Smith, ’12, a justice studies major and one of the week’s organizers.
The organizing committee decided Chalk for Change would be a great way to celebrate the first day of spring. According to graduating senior, Dyneekah Bogan, ’13, an English major. “This event is very inspiring. It brings the CSE community closer together for a good cause while being able to have fun and do something different on such a beautiful day.”
CSE student Jazzmine Ruff, ’14, a justice studies major, reminisced about her elementary school days and how innocent the time was as she expressed how much fun she was having. “Today’s event is very exhilarating,” said Ruff.
Byers-Smith’s efforts to plan a successful event were praised by her fellow college mates. Says Shanay Barge, ’14, a justice studies major. “I am very proud of Tye. As our president she is stepping up to the plate and taking the initiative to teach us that bullying isn’t something to condone on this campus or anywhere. She wants to make sure that we all know that we are not alone in this world.”
Byers-Smith was happy with the outcome of the event stating, “I’m very happy with the legacy I’m leaving behind. Anti-bullying prevention is more than a week, it’s a movement.”