RIT announces $149,000 grant for anti-terrorism initiative

The consortium, led by RIT, consists of dozens of universities and other organizations (Photo: RIT)

(WHAM) - Congresswoman Louise Slaughter announced Friday that RIT will receive a $149,000 grant from the U.S Department of Homeland Security.

The grant will help to continue work on their project, 'It's Time: Ex out Extremism' a social media campaign that focuses on countering terrorist propaganda online.

Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security says local efforts like these have been effective. "I know from visiting numerous communities across this country that very often the best efforts to counter violent extremism are local, tailored to a particular community."

In June, the project won first place in the “Peer to Peer (P2P) Challenging Extremism” initiative hosted by the Department of State and the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs

To learn more about the U.S. Department of State’s “Peer to Peer (P2P): Challenging Extremism” challenge, click here.

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