ORAL AND DIGITAL
Dr. Bhat has completed her oral storytelling training at Capital Storytelling in Sacramento and also her digital storytelling facilitator training at StoryCenter in Berkeley CA.
After having participated as a student as well as a volunteer in the workshops in the past year and in her current role as the 2022 Storytelling Ambassador at Capital Storytelling, she found oral and digital storytelling to be a creative, cathartic and healing process. As the Ambassador, Dr. Bhat developed and facilitated a series of virtual oral storytelling and story writing workshops for those who identified as immigrants and refugees. As a an educator and storyteller, Dr. Bhat is excited to use storytelling to educate, train, and teach others to share their stories, thus fostering social change.
In a workshop titled "Stories of Home" facilitated by StoryCenter, she co-created a short film titled "Dear Aayee". With October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Dr. Bhat shared a true personal story titled "Everyone Knows Someone" at a 2022 event "Immigrant Stories" by Capital Storytelling (the story starts at 11:40).
Topics include but not limited to:
Facilitator (September 2022). “Unpacking Gender Inclusivity for Individual and Collective Change”, [virtual workshop], International Rescue Committee.
Facilitator (September 2022). “Using Storytelling in Ending Victim Blaming and Creating Culture Change” [in-person workshop], 23rd Annual Southern States Victims Training Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Facilitator (August 2022). “Using Storytelling to Prevent Sexual Violence and Shift Cultural Narratives” [Virtual workshop], National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC)
Facilitator (August 2022). “The Power of Storytelling in Finding my Roots & Building Community” [Virtual workshop], the Culturally Specific Collaborative, The California Partnership (CPEDV).
Facilitator (June 16, 2022). “Telling Our Own Story: Power of Storytelling for Prevention and Culture Change” [Virtual workshop], Hawaii State Coalition Against DV (HSCADV).
Expert Panelist (October 2021). “Stories of Home: Empowering Immigrants through Digital Storytelling”, for Migrant Storytelling: Highlighting Voices from Around the World [Virtual panel]. The University of the Philippines-CIFAL and UNITAR.
Panel Moderator (August 2018), “The Rape of Recy Taylor”: Film screening and Panel. National Sexual Assault Conference, Anaheim CA.
TRAININGS & PANELIST
My (American) Dream image created by Celeste Espinosa
TALKS & SEMINARS
Bhat. M. (August 2022). A Feminist Critique of the Portrayals of Sexual Harassment in Bollywood Indian Cinema: Discussion and Implications [Paper presentation]. Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA.
Bhat, M. (August 2019). Portraying Feminism in Bollywood Cinema: Implications on Gender Violence in the Indian Diaspora [Roundtable discussion/ paper presentation]. The Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, New York, NY.
Invited Campus Talks
Invited Speaker (May 2022). Feminist Critique of the Representation of Motherhood and Masculinity in Bollywood Cinema: Implications of Gender Violence in the Indian Diaspora [Virtual research presentation]. Pan-Asian Owl Employee Resource Group (ERG), Western Governors University, UT.
CJS 2021-2022 Invited Guest Speaker (April 2022). Feminist Critique of the Representation of Motherhood and Masculinity in Bollywood Cinema: Implications of Gender Violence in the Indian Diaspora [Virtual research presentation]. Department of Criminology and Justice Studies, California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Northridge, California.
**Presentations include but not limited to the above topics.
Consultancy Coaching/ Mentoring (**offered on a sliding scale with one free 30-min coaching session)
Grant writing and proposal support
Narrative, Culture, and Social Change through Storytelling
Consulting and Project Management
Social Justice Event Planning & Organizing (Zoom wizard!)
Program Administration and Management
Technical and Training Assistance
Capacity Building and Strategizing
Creating and Fostering Partnerships
Creative Writing and Film-making support
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