Using Storytelling to Educate, Empower, & Build Empathy Across Difference

Time: February 28, 2019 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Where: 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Opus Hall Room 201/202, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Cost: $29 General Public | FREE to University of St. Thomas staff and students (ID required)
Level: Introductory
Track: Social Responsibility
Presenters: Luis Versalles, Pacific Educational Group  |  Tea Rozman Clark, Green Card Voices  |  Miguel Ramos, Minnesota Twins  |  Zaynab Abdi, Green Card Youth Voices
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It is more important than ever to confront individual bias and build empathy so all people can contribute and thrive, particularly in order to build inclusive workplaces. First-person storytelling facilitates understanding and empathy more effectively than facts alone. In this session, you will learn about the innovative storytelling work of Green Card Voices, a nonprofit that records and shares the stories of immigrants. You will learn how effective storytelling educates and empowers both the teller and the audience, and will leave with resources and ideas to incorporate storytelling into your work. The session will include presentation from the four panelists, and facilitated storytelling activity with the Story Stitch card game!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how to use storytelling as a powerful educational and empowerment tool
  • Engage with fellow participants in deep empathy building through the Story Stitch card game.
  • Incorporate basic storytelling resources such as the card game, books, and exhibits, into the workplace in order to build bridges between different communities.



Diversity Insights Breakfasts are eligible for HRCI and SHRM continuing education credits. Please contact Ben Rue for details. This event will be video recorded and photographed.

8:00 am – 8:30 am – Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:00 am – Welcome
9:00 am – 9:55 am – Program/Workshop
9:55 am – 10:00 am – Q&A and Close
Media Contact
Ender Göçmen
Assistant Director of Marketing
The Forum on Workplace Inclusion®
University of St. Thomas

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion
University of St. Thomas
1000 LaSalle Ave, TMH 444
Minneapolis, MN 55403-2005
(651) 962-4377

Photos by Sarah Morreim Photography
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