All compelling #USvsHate messages should be shared locally to shape school climate. Go for it!
Three times a year, #USvsHate will host a message contest. Any material uploaded before our contest deadlines will automatically be submitted to the next upcoming 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 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.
Submit just your best!
See “Getting Started” on our website for details: We encourage each participating classroom, club or school to select one or more #USvsHate messages to submit collectively to our #USvsHate contest. #USvsHate messages can come in any media. 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!.
#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.
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.
What to upload using our Google Form above:
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, and upload that.
(If you want to submit a paper submission and don’t have access to a scanner, you can upload 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