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HelpingHands article"Helping Hands" by John Hiller, art student at UAB. Hiller's entry won Honorable Mention in the Ethics in Action Challenge in Fall 2019.Students enrollled at any institution of higher learning are invited to participate in the UAB Ethics in Action Art or App Design Challenge 2021. Alan Sprague, Ph.D., and Raquel Diaz-Sprague, PharmD., visiting faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Enginering, are leading the contest. The goal is to ignite students’ imaginations, encouraging them to show through drawings, paintings, digital art or through an app concept that caring for one another and building a peaceful, respectful, diverse community can happen in big or small ways.

The contest invites students to submit original artworks relevant to the Ethics in Action theme and/or conceptualize, design and/or develop an app which promotes empathy, altruism, service to others and/or provide tips to de-escalate conflict, maintain civility and build collaborative spheres at school or work, in relationships, families, and communities.

Entries can focus on topics such as how to hold a civil discussion with people who hold opposite views or how to de-escalate conflict among roommates, classmates, coworkers, siblings, or friends. They may include random acts of kindness, altruism, examples of effective compliments or notions about what “Love your Neighbor” means. Entries may also explore personal, group, or institutional responsibility to combat climate change, pandemics, social injustices, racism, bullying, violence, homelessness, hunger, poverty and/or other social ills.

UAB students and students at interestedinstitutions are eligible to submit entries for judging. Winners will share $1,500 in prizes. For more information and consultation about possible entries, contact Dr. Sprague, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Dr. Diaz-Sprague, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Entries will be accepted through May 15, 2021 for the Spring 2021 Challenge and by December 15, 2021 for the Fall 2021 Challenge.

Ethics in Art Design Challenge Entry Form