School of Communication Studies Professor, Student Participate in Experiential Education Program on Human Trafficking

Suzy D’Enbeau, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the School of Communication Studies (COMM), and 12 Kent State students will travel to Columbus Feb. 24 – 26 with the Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement (OEECE) to participate in the ‘Human Trafficking Educational Immersion’ program. COMM student Delaney Cordova is also attending.

Designed to inform participants about victims of human trafficking, attendees will connect with local nonprofit organizations who work to rescue victims through increased public and law enforcement awareness and restore lives by providing social service support. Participants will learn about the collaborative community response to human trafficking in central Ohio through education, services, advocacy and prosecution.

The trip is being led by COMM alumna Amanda Bevington who is currently a master’s student in Kent State’s higher education program.

“The itinerary is jam-packed with volunteering, panels of women who got out of trafficking, a presentation by a former john, meetings with lawyers working to address this issue in Ohio and more,” D’Enbeau said. “As the faculty chaperone, I will help facilitate discussion and reflection throughout the weekend.”

The Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement (OEECE) promotes a culture of active and engaged learners by integrating opportunities for students to apply theories and knowledge into real world experiences. OEECE cultivates civic involvement and community building across Kent State, the surrounding community and the globe. Through one-time and on-going volunteer opportunities and course-based experiences, OEECE fosters a deeper understanding of course content and civic commitment in students. OEECE welcomes the opportunity to help academic departments across campus plan and develop experiential learning trips for students and faculty. Learn more at

POSTED: Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 5:38pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 24, 2017 - 9:04am