COLUMBUS, Miss.— As part of a nationwide campaign, the student-led GotPeace campaign has announced a logo contest with the winner receiving a $50 Visa gift card.


For the spring semester of 2017, Dr. Chanley Rainey’s POL472 International Relations and POL350 Social Science Research Methods courses are competing, as a team, in the Peer-to-Peer: Countering Extremism competition administered by EdVenture Partners and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and Homeland Security and Facebook. For the contest, the classes must form a student-led social media agency and perform primary research on their chosen target audience.

“The GotPeace campaign was created by six students in an upper-level political science course at The W,” said Dr. Rainey, visiting assistant professor of political science. “The campaign will create an online community that intentionally celebrates cross-cultural friendships and experiences.”

The mission of the campaign is to invite individuals to embrace their individuality while also embracing unity with the slogan, “Together We Start, Struggle, and Succeed: You are the Missing Peace.”

“We hope to receive creative and unique interpretations of our message. We want a logo that really conveys the celebratory aspect of our campaign and our call for people to get involved by sharing their cross-cultural experiences. We look forward to seeing what people come up with,” described Rainey.

All designs must be submitted in PDF or JPEG format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday, March 8. Design hard copies may be submitted by leaving a copy outside of Dr. Rainey’s office at Painter 202.

All proposals must embody the following values and reinforce the mission of GotPeace while remaining non-partisan.
• “Together we start, struggle, and succeed: You are the missing peace.”
• #GotPeace
• Non-partisan (no references to political parties or officials)
• Designed to counter racism, hatred, and violence
• Designed to appeal to international youth, aged 18-25
• No memes

“The GotPeace team hopes other students will gain awareness concerning nationalist extremism and violence, but we also hope they will gain a sense of agency: GotPeace wants to see students getting personally involved, committing themselves to creating alternative narratives and providing the example of how to practice constructive identity politics,” said Rainey.

The winning submission will be announced Friday, March 10.

Feb. 28, 2017 
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