All compelling #USvsHate messages should be shared locally to shape school climate. Go for it! This can be a crucial part of #USvsHate!
Any student messages (in any media) can also be submitted to #USvsHate at any time for broader sharing. Three times a year, #USvsHate will host a message contest. Winning entries (chosen by students and the #USvsHate team) will be amplified nationally via our website and social media, with poster and sticker messages also produced for participating classrooms.
IMPORTANT: For students under 18, parent/guardian permission is required for any entry submitted with a student’s name on it. Here’s a permission slip educators can use to get that parent permission, as needed. You can keep this form for your own records. You will verify that you have this permission when you upload your students’ entries. See Kim’s story in #USvsHate Teacher Stories for how one educator handled permissions via email.
You can submit #USvsHate messages for potential broader sharing by us, at any time. Any material uploaded before our contest deadlines will automatically be submitted to the next upcoming contest.
We will have three #USvsHate contest deadlines in 2018-19: November 16, 2018, February 22, 2019, and April 26, 2019!
See “Getting Started” on our website: We encourage each participating classroom, club or school to select one or more #USvsHate messages to submit collectively to our #USvsHate contest. It’s your call how many you submit. Students can submit as individuals, or in groups. We suggest that you set up some voting process where students select entries for our #USvsHate message contest, so that you submit your best together. We encourage submissions that combine student skills!
Winning entries in our #USvsHate contests will be amplified via our website and social media. A subset also will be made into free posters and stickers for participating classrooms.
#USvsHate anti-hate messages do one of the following:
- explicitly address, explore, and refuse racism, xenophobia, homophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism, or other forms of hate, bias and injustice in schools and society;
- communicate that people across lines of difference contribute to our communities, regions, and nation, are equally valuable, and deserve access to opportunity and well-being;
- bust a myth (challenge a stereotype) about a “type of” kid too often misrepresented;
- ask peers to treat peers kindly and respectfully so schools stay safe for learning and society includes us all.
#USvsHate messages can come in any media. A speech into a smartphone camera, a great letter to the editor, a poem, or a school performance or broader action documented on video can be an #USvsHate message. A potential poster or sticker can be drawn by hand on paper, or created digitally using a phone or computer. We’ll make some winning entries into full-size posters or stickers for classrooms; we’ll share others as videos or digital images. Don’t limit your creativity!
Messages can offer powerful words and powerful visual images. You don’t have to be an amazing artist or filmmaker. The real power is the message!
A contest submission should be ready to be shared publicly, and high quality enough to be reproduced for many.
(Any image submitted for reproduction as a poster or sticker should be high-quality and reproduction-ready: no pencil; no tiny writing; make sure images are clear and not blurry. Those submitting images to be reproduced as posters/stickers can a) scan a paper submission or b) draw the final directly into Adobe Illustrator or Google Drawings. (If you want to submit a paper submission and don’t have access to a scanner, you can send us a photograph of a piece of paper—if you win, we may ask you to mail us the original for reproduction.) Ideally, you’d save your entry in “vector” format (with the ending .svg, .eps, or .ai) before uploading it. This will allow #USvsHate to resize your image without making it look fuzzy.)
Don’t be scared off by technology, though. In addition to digital images, we encourage hand-drawn images, films made with available smartphones, and even no-tech “messages” like speeches, poems, or letters to the editor submitted in Word.
To be considered for a “Winning” #USvsHate message, the message also must do the following:
- Include the hashtag #USvsHate. (If you don’t put it on there, we’ll add it for you.)
- Be both creative and original. (Use original words and other material. Don’t plagiarize. A design could make a common slogan original, but our preference is new words and ideas. Do not use clips from music, videos, or other media that is copyrighted by others. If you use others’ publicly available material, credit the creator whenever possible.)
- Successfully communicate the #USvsHate message of inclusion and justice for all, to a group of peers.
No message submitted should be harmful or hateful to others! #USvsHate!
We’d truly value your feedback on how this went for you. Please consider taking the educator and student post-surveys on the Getting Started page.
And after you submit, take the most important next step of all: ask each other, what’s next? What do you want to learn and do NEXT to promote inclusion and justice in your school community? Go for it. #USvsHate
Questions? Contact Minh Mai, email@example.com