Cultural responsiveness involves developing a curious and expansive way of thinking about others and is critical to providing person-centered integrated care. The recent rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, racism and violence targeting Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in the U.S. has heightened concerns about safety and wellbeing among…
Annalisa Enrile, MSW, PhD
Teaching Professor, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
Annalisa Enrile is a Teaching Professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, turning classrooms into brave spaces to train the next generation of change makers. She traces her roots back to the Philippines, where she became a human rights defender and anti-trafficking warrior. She continues to work on both sides of the Pacific and across other oceans fighting to end modern-day slavery. She believes in the transformative power of stories, the strength of community and the promise of innovation and design.
Dr. Enrile is the author of “Ending Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery: Freedom’s Journey” and “Women’s Journey to Empowerment in the 21st Century.” She develops, leads and teaches courses in design justice, community organizing and human rights. Dr. Enrile co-leads Design Labs with Dr. Smith-Maddox and the initiated the launching of Keepingit100.Solutions, a web-based transformative platform. Dr. Enrile is also a social scientist with New Playbook and just launched Project Gridlock — an AI software solution targeted to disrupt demand in sex trafficking. She consults with private companies, nonprofits and grassroots community organizations in diversity, equity, inclusion, labor and human rights, ESGs and business, and gender violence. Dr. Enrile is currently working with She the People, elevating the political voice and leadership of women of color. In 2022, she hosted the first season of Goodniks, a podcast of people who are doing or thinking about doing good work in the world.