The Department of Homeland Security Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (DHS CP3) selected the top three high school and top three collegiate finalists for the Fall 2022 iteration of Invent2Prevent, a national student competition to identify new, whole-of-society approaches to prevent targeted violence, hate, and terrorism.
Invent2Prevent is run by the McCain Institute, EdVenture Partners, and Credence Management Solutions LLC. Out of the 24 university teams competing this semester, Duke University, Texas Tech University, and the University of South Carolina were named as finalists.
The six finalist teams will participate in a live competition to be held Jan. 25 in Washington, D.C.
“The level of innovation, ingenuity, and creativity that we see each semester of Invent2Prevent is incredible, and the teams this semester have set the bar extremely high for the final competition,” said Dr. Rachel Nielsen, director for preventing targeted violence at the McCain Institute.
“The caliber of the work created by both our high school and collegiate finalists shows a mastery of understanding, both of topic and target audience, that rivals work produced by professional organizations in this space.”
As part of this semester-long project, each university team evaluated a current threat facing the nation and identified an opportunity to create a program or tool to better educate a specific target audience on the potential vulnerabilities that could lead individuals to consider targeted violence or terrorist acts.
Each team had a budget of $2,000. Each finalist identified a different topic and will provide a 15-minute overview of their specific effort during the in-person final.
The University of South Carolina team created the “No name, no fame” initiative, which aims to prevent the negative effects of revealing the names of mass shooters in the media. Studies show that an excess of news coverage on mass shooters increases the chance of similar shootings occurring.
By calling on media organizations to change how they report mass shootings, the goal of “No name, no fame” is to mitigate the media contagion and copycat effects of sensationalizing these horrific crimes. Journalists are encouraged to focus on victims when reporting on a mass shooting. Visit the “no name no fame” project at https://www.instagram.com/nonamenofamecampaign/