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Successes and Challenges of Straddling Sectors 
Amanda Finger, Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking
AnnJanette Alejano-Steele, Metropolitan State University of Denver





 


Amanda Finger,  as a co-founder of LCHT, Ms. Finger has worked on anti-trafficking in Colorado since 2005.  She received a Master’s of Arts in International Human Rights and a Certificate in Global Health Affairs from the Josef Korbel School for International Studies at the University of Denver in 2007. Her professional background includes women’s health advocacy in Washington, DC, field organizing experience for Congressional and Senate campaigns in Maryland and Colorado, and work as a legislative aide for two sessions at the Colorado State Legislature. In addition, she conducted field research in Johannesburg, South Africa on human trafficking and health services to complete her thesis, “Sex Trafficking and Barriers to Health: A Case Study in South Africa.” Ms. Finger served two years as an Adjunct Professor with the Institute for Women’s Studies and Services at Metropolitan State University of Denver, teaching Human Trafficking and Women’s Health courses. She was appointed in 2014 to the Governor’s Colorado Human Trafficking Council, co-chairing the Data & Research Task Force and serving as a member on the Training Standards & Curriculum Task Force.

 
Dr. AnnJanette Alejano-Steele (A.J.) is a professor of psychology and women’s studies, currently serving as Associate Dean of the College of Professional Studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is also the co-founder and Research and Training Director for the Denver-based Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking. Her educational background includes a Ph.D. in psychology from Michigan State University and NIH-supported postdoctoral work in psychology and medicine from the University of California, San Francisco. 
 
Dr. Alejano-Steele has taught about human trafficking since 2000 and researched and trained on the subject since 2005. She coordinates Metro State’s Human Trafficking Academic Response Team that has supported 70 survivors of human trafficking since 2007. Her expertise has focused upon multicultural psychology; health access for vulnerable populations; and comprehensive services for victims of human trafficking. She has served on five national working groups focusing on trauma and human trafficking--three for the Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health on Trauma-informed care, Administration for Children and Families and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; one for the American Psychological Association Task Force on the Trafficking of Women and Girls and the U.S. Bureau of Justice National Institute of Justice Expert Research Working Group on Human Trafficking.
 
In 2012, she was one of the inaugural speakers at the Denver TEDxMileHighWomen, where she spoke about human trafficking in Colorado. In 2013, she was named a CBS4 Game Changer and in 2014, she presented at the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women on LCHT’s groundbreaking Colorado Project to Comprehensively Combat Human Trafficking. Her applied work in the anti-human trafficking movement has privileged her with the knowledge of structural violence, vulnerability, community resilience, and data-informed community-led social change.
 

Holistic Leadership: Recognizing the Person Behind the Role
Christy-Dale Sims, HERS (Higher Education Resource Services)




 
Christy-Dale Sims, Ph.D., serves as the program manager for HERS (Higher Education Resource Services), a non-profit organization housed at the University of Denver that is dedicated to creating and sustaining a diverse community of women leaders in higher education through a variety of leadership development programs. Founded in 1976, HERS has engaged more than 5,000 women in leadership training programs nationwide focusing specifically on a curriculum to prepare women to become leaders of institutional change at their respective campuses.

Christy-Dale earned her Ph.D. in Communication and a Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her scholarship focuses on professional development, and how cultural practices and persuasive messages create, maintain, and challenge marginalized communities. Prior to joining HERS, Christy served as a faculty member teaching interdisciplinary coursework dedicated to social justice. As a member of the HERS team, she is now able to expand the scope of her advocacy beyond the classroom to institutional systems. Her work appears in the Journal of Emotional AbuseRhetoric and Public Address, and Communication Teacher, among others.    

Closing Wikipedia’s Gender Gap
Jami Mathewson, Wiki Education Foundation

Jami Mathewson is the Educational Partnerships Manager at the Wiki Education Foundation. Jami develops partnerships with academic associations to increase participation in Wiki Ed’s programs, bring content expertise into the organization, and improve the availability of information related to their disciplines on Wikipedia. She identifies ways to support partners who are looking to promote the use of Wikipedia as a teaching tool on a large scale — including help with publications, printed materials, conference presentations, training new participants, and documenting metrics and outcomes. Jami spends her time off of Wikipedia enjoying the theatre, cheering on her Atlanta Braves and Georgia Bulldogs, traveling, and getting to know new places and people.


Decolonizing Higher Education: Why Diversity Doesn't Work
Dr. Lisa Anderson-Levy, Beloit College
Dr. Jesse Carr, Beloit College
Dr. Catherine M. Orr, Beloit College
 
Dr. Lisa Anderson-Levy is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at Beloit College; and affiliated faculty in the Critical Identity Studies Program. Publications include “Colliding/Colluding Identities: Race, Class, and Gender in Jamaican Family Systems” as well as the role of subjectivity in the research process in An(Other) Ethnographic Dilemma: Subjectivity and the Predicament of ‘Studying Up.’  
Dr. Jesse Carr is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness at Beloit College. After receiving his B.A. in Comparative American Studies (Oberlin '04), he worked in nonprofit development and administration before returning to graduate school. He earned his PhD in American Culture from the University of Michigan ('15), where his doctoral research focused on patterns of systemic and state-sanctioned racial violence in the U.S. He has been published in the Journal of Settler-Colonial Studies, and has forthcoming co-authored publications in Souls and Plantation Politics. Jesse is a proud "second generation queerspawn" (he is transgender and was raised by lesbian parents). He has a longstanding dedication to social justice issues and has been particularly involved with feminist and antiracist anti-violence organizations.
Dr. Catherine M. Orr is Professor and Chair of Critical Identity Studies at Beloit College. Her work has appeared in Feminist Studies, Women's Studies Quarterly, Hypatia, Atlantis, NWSA Journal, and Souls. She is co-editor of Rethinking Women's and Gender Studies (volumes 1 and 2) as well as co-author of Everyday Women's and Gender Studies: Introductory Concepts, all published by Routledge. She has served in numerous positions on the board of the National Women's Studies Association.