Juan Carlos Hugues and Tiffany Hall

KNX Hero of the Week
Thursday, October 17th
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. 

Our KNX Heroes of the Week are a couple of Southern California college students, who are leading the way to a kinder, nicer world.

It happens all around us. At school. At work. Online. In fact, one out of every five students in the United States is bullied. But, speaking out about it can inspire ways to stop it. 

"For me, it was very, very important to have on-campus awareness about how bullying affects individuals, especially in marginalized communities," says Pepperdine University student and Debate Team leader, Juan Carlos Hugues. 

Hugues and his teammates were honored this year, for creating several special programs and events targeting the topic. Their efforts garnered them the prestigious "Faces of Change" Award with PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Tiffany Hall was also a team leader. "To hear that we had gotten the award was so humbling." 

"I'm incredibly honored to help perpetuate this anti-bullying message," says Tiffany. "The idea that it can inspire people across ... shows that little actions that we take really do make a difference."

To Juan Carlos, the topic is a personal one. "I totally agree that we should have more dialogue about preventing bullying in ALL spaces. You know, it's not just the LGBTQ+ community, it's not just the Latin community. It's ALL communities. 

"I've already seen this want and this desire at Pepperdine, to have conversations about our identities," says Juan Carlos, who is a member of the LGBTQ+ community. "Especially from a cultural perspective." 

Abi Smith is Pepperdine's visiting Professor of Communications, and she admires their profound dedication.

"To see young people in this busy environment of college, when they have so many demands being placed on them already... when they are intentionally carving out time to create discussions on important issues like bullying. The best word, if I had to pick one word, would be inspiring." 

Our KNX Heroes of the Week are Pepperdine Debate students Juan Carlos Hugues and Tiffany Hall, who are leading us to a world without bullying.  

KNX Heroes is presented by California Resources Corporation, saluting our military veterans, and all of our heroes! 

Get more information about PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center at https://www.pacer.org/bullying/ 

Heather Jordan, KNX 1070 News Radio.