TEDx Occidental College Gamal Palmer: Social Impact as Art


Gamal Palmer has been on the forefront of theater-based social justice initiatives for more than a decade. He shares how his experiences in rural and urban setting around the world has shaped his work and influenced communities. Letting us in on his journey, he offers tools for designing your own impact-artists-equation, giving us the confidence and freedom to be artful in all that we do.

Born in Philadelphia and earned his BA at the University of Miami, MFA at Yale University, then completed a Post-Graduate Associate position where he took courses at Yale Schools of Drama and Management. Palmer developed several social-impact programs at Yale, including: "Arts in Action: Theater and Public Health in Swaziland and South Africa," an undergraduate study-abroad course. Palmer is also the founder of a team supporting black men in college to join the social impact innovation and entrepreneurial sectors.