Savannah Wooten is a dual student at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill majoring in Public Policy and Peace, War, and Defense.  She is the Director of STAND: The Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities, a student-led grassroots NGO advocating to reduce genocide and mass atrocity crimes.  Her advocacy to end mass atrocities and identity-based violence led her to study empathy, the lack thereof, and the ways in which this trait impacts interpersonal community, national, and global power dynamics.  This summer, Savannah will conduct audio interviews and create a blog series on applied empathy – speaking with empathy researchers, victims of conflict and mass violence, NGO staffers in hate speech reduction, 2016 election organizers, and beyond.  The posts will be uploaded to a Medium blog and cross-posted on the Duke Human Rights Center website.

Empathy in Action: Summer Storytelling