Students from Isaac Castellano’s POLS 306 International Relations Service-Learning Lab (spring 2017 semester) won honorable mention in a nationwide competition to create an effective media campaign aimed at reducing political extremism. The Boise State political science students will be honored in Washington, D.C. in July at a ceremony hosted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The national student competition, “Peer to Peer (P2P): Challenging Extremism,” was a global university initiative sponsored by the White House, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Facebook. For their service-learning project, the Boise State students created and marketed content for an anti-extremism campaign on social media, as well as hosted a conference on April 11 at Boise State University titled “One Nation Under the Law.” At this conference, former U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson, Rep. John Gannon, Rep. Patrick McDonald, Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue, and Boise State University’s peer to peer combating extremism team discussed the threat of sovereign citizens and the need for non-violent political action.
See more information about the students’ P2P project here.