COURAGEOUS RI is a media literacy program to reduce the hate that leads to violence by building a coalition of empowered people who recognize, analyze, and resist harmful forms of expression and communication.
The program is an initiative of the Media Education Lab, whose mission is to improve the practice of digital and media literacy education through scholarship and community service.
The University of Rhode Island received a grant for COURAGEOUS RI from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships, opportunity number DHS-22-TTP-132-00-01.
The Courageous Journey
COURAGEOUS RI is a three-part initiative over two years, during which time we will aim to reduce the hate that leads to violence by building a coalition of empowered people who recognize, analyze, and resist harmful forms of expression and communication. That coalition will be built through:
Courageous Conversations: Community dialogues that bring people together to advance media literacy and deep listening.
Professional Development Program: Lesson plans and a supportive online community for educators who help students apply media literacy competencies in civic education.
Youth Media Contest: A youth multimedia contest that offers prizes to high school and college students for their creative and inspiring media messages.
Courageous Rhode Island includes opportunities designed to develop leadership in the use of media literacy and active listening strategies as a "whole-of-society" method to prevent the fear and hate that leads to violence.
The Ripple Effect
You can replicate a Courageous Conversations program for a school, library, church, workplace, or another community context. Participants who implement one discussion program get a $50 stipend and receive $50 for every subsequent session, up to a maximum payment of $300.
Write a blog post about a topic or issue relevant to Courageous Conversations. If your work is accepted for publication, you will receive a $250 stipend.
Courageous Rhode Island Professional Development Program
We select 50 middle school, high school, or college educators to participate in a 10-hour online PD program (consisting of 6 one-hour online programs plus independent reading, viewing and other work. Participants receive a $500 stipend and are expected to implement at least 1 learning activity with their students.
Courageous Youth Voice Student Media Contest
Courageous Youth Voice is a student media contest that awards $7,000 in prizes, including a $1,000 grade prize award.
GOLD STAR 3
Emily Le May
Gold Star Members
131 people from across Rhode Island, the United States, and around the world became Courageous Leaders by partticipating in this program in 2023.
GOLD STAR 4
Laurie Gaddis Barrett
GOLD STAR 1
Diane Q Beltran
Fernando Oliveira Paulino
GOLD STAR 2
Sue Ellen Christian
Mary Ellen Iatropoulos
Small Group Discussion
Bob Van Oosterhout
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Renee Hobbs on Courageous RI, WPRO News
Join Our Coalition
A motivated coalition of Rhode Islanders can step beyond an us-vs-them mentality, work to develop a common understanding of pressing social problems, share the skills to critically analyze media messages, defuse hate, and prevent extremist violence.
Is your organization ready to join our coalition?
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