Civically Engaged and Inclusive Pedagogy: Facilitating a multidisciplinary course on human trafficking


  • Dr Annjanette Ramiro Alejano-Steele



human trafficking, civically engaged pedagogy, social justice pedagogy, trauma-informed teaching


For university instructors who teach human trafficking as a comprehensive course, design decisions often begin with determining scope, disciplinary orientation, and learning goals. Further decisions involve pedagogical approaches and how to best support and sustain student learning. With civic engagement principles, universities can situate themselves within local anti-trafficking initiatives by offering courses to expand organisational capacities to end human trafficking. Using Human Trafficking 4160 at Metropolitan State University of Denver as an example, this paper provides key design questions to create a civically-engaged multidisciplinary course, partnered with agencies statewide, and equipped to support students primed for social justice and systems change. It offers suggestions for community partnerships to deliver content and co-create learning activities. It also provides pedagogical techniques to facilitate inclusive, trauma-informed learning spaces.


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Author Biography

Dr Annjanette Ramiro Alejano-Steele

Dr Annjanette Ramiro Alejano-Steele is an Associate Dean in the College of Health & Applied Sciences, and a dually-tenured professor of psychology and gender studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is also the co-founder of the Denver-based non-profit Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking. She is the author of Women and Health: Global lives in focus (ABC-CLIO, 2019). She has served as an advisor on several task forces, and she has researched anti-trafficking responses in Colorado as well as the Global South. She currently serves as an advisor on a global human trafficking research project based in London.




How to Cite

Alejano-Steele, A. R. (2021). Civically Engaged and Inclusive Pedagogy: Facilitating a multidisciplinary course on human trafficking . Anti-Trafficking Review, (17), 91–112.