ADA — The public relations program at Ohio Northern University won an honorable mention and $500 in the global Peer to Peer Challenging Extremism campaign during the 2016-17 academic year. Participants of the program were asked to develop a campaign challenging Islamophobia.
More than 250 schools in six countries contributed to the competition. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security hand-selected honorable mention teams to present their findings in a “marketplace of ideas” to officials from Facebook, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, members of Congress and others in Washington, D.C. Two ONU members attended, Allie Gellner and Tiffany Kline, as well as the faculty adviser Katherine Fleck.
The students were given a budget of $2,000, as well as $500 in Facebook ad credit. Team members included Gellner, Kline, Sam Pontarolo and McKenzie Wilson. They built a campaign to eliminate common stereotypes and misconceptions about the religion of Islam and the Muslim culture.