Mission and Vision


The Speak Trauma Foundation:


Speak Trauma recognizes that trauma can destroy lives and that all kinds of violence –a major source of trauma– must come to an end. We also understand that trauma can be shared through culture, inherited both physically and emotionally and passed on through generations. Speak Trauma educates people about the effects of trauma on the individual, the family, and the community. We strive to inspire and empower people to share their experiences through diverse media platforms.

Founder and Volunteers

Founder and Executive Director

Susan Smith, Associate Professor earned a MAVA in Visual Anthropology from University of Southern California (USC).  She has worked as a documentary maker for over 30 years producing PBS television programs, independent features and advocacy videos for non-profit and private agencies worldwide. Currently she teaches at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) in the United Arab Emirates where she has resided for over 15 years.

For more on Susan, please view her LinkedIn profile.

Contact Susan at susan@speaktrauma.org


Director of PR and Advertising

Zena Afara, Palestinian-Filipino and raised in the UAE. She enjoys bringing her ideas to life through multiple art forms.

For more on Zena, please view her LinkedIn profile.