Emma Reynolds is a Survivor Advocate at Sexual Violence Response, having first joined the team in 2015 as an administrative intern while also pursuing her MFA in Fiction from Columbia’s School of the Arts. During her nearly four years as a graduate intern, Emma participated in panel discussions about sexual assault on college campuses, co-created and co-facilitated workshops on how to address sexual violence in creative writing, and spoke at campus awareness events such as Denim Day. In the spring of 2016, she certified as a volunteer Peer Advocate and spent two years in that capacity, taking regular on-call shifts and responding to the Sexual Violence Response helpline.
In addition to her work with Sexual Violence Response, Emma completed Bellevue Hospital’s month-long advocacy training on how to support patients seeking medical services for sexual assault and domestic violence. She also has experience in international advocacy, having worked with survivors of childhood sexual assault, coerced marriage, and revenge pornography in Indonesia. In 2018, she completed an internship with Taman Baca Kesiman, a social justice NGO in Bali, where she participated in events aimed to raise public awareness on topics such as sex work, LGBTQ+ rights, and political violence.
- B.A. History and English, Williams College, 2007
- M.A. in Humanities, University of Chicago, 2010
- M.F.A. in Writing, Columbia University, 2019
Certifications and Licensure:
- New York State Department of Health Certified Rape Crisis Counselor