Emma Reynolds

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. Emma became a full-time staff advocate in March of 2019.

In addition to her work with Sexual Violence Response, Emma completed Bellevue Hospital’s Patient Advocacy training program and has experience in international advocacy, having worked with survivors of childhood sexual assault, forced marriage, honor-based violence, and nonconsensual pornography. In 2018, she completed an internship with Taman Baca Kesiman, a social justice NGO in Bali where she supported events aimed to raise public awareness on topics such as political violence, sex work, LGBTQ+ rights, and human rights abuses in minority and underserved communities.

Education:

  • 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
  • NOVA Campus Advocacy Training