A group of RIT students took first place Monday in a competition designed to end extremism.
The competition is sponsored in part by the U.S. State Department as a way of countering hateful extremist rhetoric, by groups like ISIS and others, in various online sites and social media.
A team of 17 RIT students, many of them marketing majors, was one of three finalists in this competition which also includes a team from Azerbaijan and Brussels. Five of the 17 students traveled to Washington to represent RIT.
The slogan the RIT group uses is called "It's Time: Ex Out Extremism" and it's being promoted through Facebook and other venues. The RIT students have worked closely with members of the Rochester Muslim community on this project. The RIT team will share a $5,000 scholarship prize and will also be able to continue to develop this concept.