This is the third year I have led the Communication and Advocacy paper for Auckland University of Technology’s new Master of Human Rights.

The course aims to equip a new generation of human rights leaders with practical skills and knowledge to make a lasting difference in their communities.

It was a fabulous and diverse group this year, with students coming from the military, youth work, family mediation, the union movement and corrections.

These different perspectives made for fascinating discussions during our two block courses: one on digital storytelling for advocacy (May 2018) and one on communications planning and strategy (August 2018).

The students are now putting these skills to practical use to develop a major advocacy project in partnership with refugee young people in Auckland

This video was produced with students from the inaugural Master of Human Rights course in 2016.

“I never knew the power that a raw, vulnerable and honest story can have on its audience.”