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Community-led Action in Response to Violent Extremism

Community-led Action in Response to Violent Extremism


Enroll NowCommunity-led Action in Response to Violent Extremism (CARVE) is a 4-hour self-paced online course designed for a U.S.-based audience to provide community-focused, rigorously researched, and academically-informed instruction on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). Targeted at the FEMA "awareness" training level, this FEMA-certified course is intended to provide a general introduction to radicalization to violence and community-based efforts. The course addresses the topic "Radicalization to Violence Awareness" by examining START-supported research about violent extremism and radicalization to violence in the United States. The course also provides guidance on "Community-Based Efforts for Countering Violent Extremism" by exploring a spectrum of community-led efforts to foster resilience to violent extremism and radicalization to violence. 

CARVE was developed by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Emeritus Center of Excellence and research center housed at the University of Maryland within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS). The development and delivery of CARVE is funded by the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Training and Education Division. (Course number: AWR-355-W)

Training Objectives: 

After completing this training, participants will be able to recall and understand research-based information about violent extremism in the U.S., and a social science theory of radicalization to violence. Participants will also be able to discuss a spectrum of community-based efforts for countering violent extremism.

Intended Audience:
Community VolunteerCommunity OrganizerEducator/TrainerEmergency Management PersonnelFaith-based Organization PersonnelLaw Enforcement OfficerSchool Resource OfficerStudent
Delivery Format: 
Asynchronous Online
Duration/Time Requirements:
4 Hours
Registration Info: 

Course Eligibility – Individuals eligible to take this course include U.S. citizens and Legal Residents representing state, local, tribal and territorial entities. This includes representatives from Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the private sector. Foreign nationals residing in the U.S. and associated with a state, local, tribal, or territorial entity as defined in Congressional Appropriations may take the course after completing a Foreign Visitor Request Form. U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States who are affiliated to a U.S.-based state, local, tribal or territorial entity may take the course. Non-U.S. citizens not connected with a U.S.-based state, local, tribal or territorial entity are not eligible to take the course.

To request a Foreign Visitor Request Form, please email the training team at training@start.umd.edu.

Course Requirement  A FEMA Student Identification number is a requirement for registration. The FEMA SID serves as your unique identifier and is used to maintain the record of the FEMA training you complete. If you do not have a FEMA SID, please obtain one at the FEMA's Student Identification System website prior to enrollment in the course. 

Registration for CARVE is possible through the University of Maryland's Canvas Catalog which allows users to create a unique user id and password, complete registration, access the course, and receive a certificate of completion. You do not need to be affiliated with the University of Maryland to access courses through Canvas Catalog. Upon registration, you are guaranteed access to the course space for 60 days.

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Contact Info: 

For more information about any of START’s trainings, contact START Training Team at 301-405-6600, at training@start.umd.edu, or make an online request for more information.