The Missouri State University Advertising Team launched Fuse, a comprehensive campaign that prevents and protects against radicalization to white supremacy. This is done through education, bystander empowerment and community support.
Fuse strengthens protective factors in our campus community through an informational podcast, online training modules and a conversational card game.
Ad Team has partnered with existing local and campus resources such as the Multicultural Resource Center, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and many more in order to bring together the efforts of many offices. They encourage faculty and staff to become Fuse certified.
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The Fuse Podcast educates listeners on the topics of:
- White supremacy
- Bias and othering
- Digital literacy
In each episode, experts from our community share knowledge and provide action steps to engage further with these topics.
The Fuse Toolkit provides key concepts, terminology and action steps users need to become informed and engaged.
Each of the five modules includes an episode of the Fuse Podcast and carefully curated videos and resources from organizations working to counter extremism, radicalization and white supremacy.
The Fuse Card Game was designed to create a safe environment for players to let down walls, share personal experiences, and connect on a deeper level. Fuse cards foster self-reflection through thought-provoking questions and allow players to connect through conversations we typically avoid.
The why behind Fuse
Ad Team created the campaign in response to the Invent2Prevent challenge sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention. Invent2Prevent is a nationwide effort involving 25 universities who will address targeted violence and domestic terrorism.
In a time of rapid change, civil unrest and political polarization, domestic violent extremism has risen at an alarming rate. In October 2020, the Department of Homeland Security identified White Supremacist Violent Extremism as the “most persistent and lethal threat” to our country.
The competition is facilitated by EdVenture Partners. Tony Sgro, Chief Executive Officer of EdVenture Partners, explains the importance of student-led initiative programs.
“I can’t think of a better time in recent U.S. history to challenge America’s university students to help abolish targeted violence, hate, and terrorism in our country than through the development of Invent2Prevent campaigns this current semester,” said Sgro. “It is especially timely that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is bringing back an enriched version of its former P2P program to address targeted violence and terrorism throughout the country.”