Advocacy Through Storytelling – Creating Empathy, Resonance and Change

April 21, 2018 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


1255 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027

About the Event

Listening to and telling personal stories are some of the most powerful ways we can connect to and understand the experience of another human being. Storytelling has also proven to be an essential communication tool for non-profits to share the impact and need for their work.

This workshop will explore how stories are used in the field of advocacy and social justice and the ability for stories to change opinion and create empathy and resonance with a listening audience. Participants will have space to learn and implement new listening skills; excavate, craft and tell a personal story of their own; analyze presented case studies where storytelling has been used in advocacy campaigns; and consider the surrounding ethics of using personal stories in advocacy.

About the Presenter

Benaifer Bhadha, LMSW is an executive leadership coach, advocacy trainer and arts activist. She earned her Masters Degrees in International Affairs and in Social Work from Columbia University and is the co-director of “Two Women Talking” and “Yoni ki Raat”, two activism performances that explore gender, identity and empowerment in the lives of women. Through her work with major foundations, socially conscious companies, NGOs and educational institutions, she has fostered the storytelling of marginalized groups locally, in her home country of India, Eastern Europe, and Africa. Benaifer’s life’s work is to create safe spaces where people can share their personal experience and grow through the power of voice and non-judgmental listening. Her current work at CUNY is helping undocumented students tell their own powerful stories of crossing borders, belonging and freedom.

For more information and to register for the event, please click here. 6.5 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers. Licensed Social Workers for other states, please refer to your state licensing agency and email This event is also open to the public.