Project Nur student’s gathered to discuss the prevailing role of social media in recruiting Westerners to join the ranks of ISIS. Student’s from George Washington University, George Mason University, and North Virginia Community College attended the Workshop. PN Program Coordinators, Alexa Mencia and Sumer Shaikh, began the workshop by presenting on the use of Twitter by ISIS, case studies of recruited individuals, and the shortcomings of the criminal justice system in dealing with Western’s recruited by ISIS. Following the presentation, student’s discussed how to combat extremism online, the need for strong moderate Muslim voices, characteristics of at-risk youth, and alternative intervention and re-integration strategies for those at-risk.
This event is the first of more Project Nur regional workshops and events to come.