Jessica Nicole Kennedy, Ed.D., is a 2023 graduate of the Ed.D program in Educational and Professional Practice at Antioch University.

Dr. Jessica Kennedy

Dissertation Committee:

  • Ashley Nielsen, PhD, Chair
  • Lesley Jackson, PhD, Committee Member
  • Gary Delanoeye, EdD, Committee Member


human trafficking, sex trafficking, higher education, higher education students, safety training, prevention, awareness

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Higher education students are vulnerable to being sex trafficked (Campus Law Enforcement-DHS, n.d.). As a means of prevention, an online training was developed for higher education students. The purpose of this training was to provide awareness and education about sex trafficking and promote safety in terms of relationships, jobs, and the internet. The intention of this study was to research the effectiveness of this training in building an understanding of sex trafficking. A convergent mixed methods study was conducted using pre and post surveys to assess awareness around sex trafficking in higher education. The training was found to be effective in educating participants about “discerning legitimate and safe websites and apps.” In addition, participants’ questions and concerns about sex trafficking are included for future course development and awareness training. Ideas for future steps to help prevent sex trafficking are also included. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA ( and OhioLINK ETD Center (https://


ORCID No. 0009-0004-4499-9343

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