Event focuses on constitutional freedoms


History Professor Diana Reed speaks about the U.S. Constitution and the ways that it unites our country on Sept. 14.

The Constitution plays a major role in students’ lives, but most are puzzled at what it really says. To clarify, Cosumnes River College hosted Constitution Day on Sept. 14 to give students more information.

A group of student ambassadors had set up a booth where students could take selfies with the school mascot, receive a slice of cake, a box of popcorn and a small book called “The Constitution and Fascinating Facts About It.”

Although the document informs the rights and freedoms of the individual, the document’s wording is difficult to understand for the modern-day language.

Tyresha Mills, an 18-year-old sociology major who participated in the event, mentioned how even though she was in elementary school when she first heard of the Constitution, besides knowing the basic details of it, she wasn’t too sure about what it promised.

“I don’t know that much about it, but since we’ve been following the Constitution all our life, we’re good so far,” says Mills.

Asia Jelks, a 21-year-old art and fashion major was one of the coordinators responsible for putting the event together, and with the rest of the student ambassadors, they received traction for their event from numerous students.

“I was hoping to get the students involved in something that is almost forgotten,” said Jelks. “I wanted them to have fun and take a moment to reflect.”

The point of the event was to create awareness of what the Constitution does for everyone, and this included a speech made by History Professor Dr. Diana Reed, who spoke about the origins of the Constitution and how it encouraged the marginalized to fight and own those freedoms.

“It’s a goal of ours to continually try to improve this great nation,” says Reed. “And it’s such a privilege to work with people of all ages who are looking to improve the world around them, and I for one, am anxious to see what kind of changes we can all make.”

Other students, such as 22-year-old English and sociology major Ashley Bradley, had first heard of the Constitution when they were around the fifth grade, and she believes that despite the strengths and weaknesses that the document contains, it brings out growth to the people.

“I would say we have made a lot of progress despite the agonizing slow time it took to get here,” says Bradley. “To finally recognize and embrace equality so that every human being is accounted for is the rights we are all given.”

Reflecting on the outcome of the event, Jelks thought the event succeeded in educating people.

“I think the event went so well! The Hawk brought so much attention to the event. Everyone wanted a picture,” says Jelks. “The popcorn and cake was completely gone before the event even ended, so it was a success in my book.”