With a closed fist raised in strength and defiance, the winning T-shirt design for a fun competition launched by Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) – a partner university of Qatar Foundation – became an inspiring reminder of the power of community in overcoming difficulty.

Winning T-Shirt Design Invokes Fighting Spirit in a CrisisFreshman Aisha Tariq Al Muhannadi’s winning entry beat out stiff competition from other students, faculty, staff, and family members, who all submitted an original idea for a T-shirt design that reflects the university community’s resilience.

Afsha Kohli, Associate Director for Student Development at GU-Q and design competition organiser, said they are very focused on providing the most important support to students – healthcare, access to books and school work, and comfortable housing and nutrition.

However, she said they also want to remember to have fun and stay connected. Hence, the theme of the competition was resilience and strength.

This T-shirt contest was a great way for us to refocus and reconnect with our university values. Aisha’s winning design really captures those sentiments.

As the unprecedented pandemic spread across the globe, affecting millions of lives, numerous art forms have emerged to educate and motivate in the fight against the virus. For Aisha, the T-shirt design competition was a chance for her to add her voice to that effort, and to make a strong statement.

She said that her inspiration was her Hoya community, and how despite the distance between their members, they are all working hand-in-hand to promote solidarity.

The winning design will be printed on shirts and distributed to the GU-Q community next semester.

Under these difficult circumstances, our university is trying everything it can to keep our community uplifted. I want to thank every member of Georgetown University who has helped in keeping us connected.

Since the start of the crisis, the Office of Student Development has worked round the clock to provide GU-Q students, whether in student housing, home with family in Doha, or abroad in their countries, with a sense of positivity, continuity and connection despite the physical distance.