Carleton has awarded six students funding to support summer research projects related to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI).

The Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Research Award responds to a specific recommendation in Carleton’s EDI Action Plan and is a landmark recognition for EDI scholarship in Ontario higher education. Students will present their research process and findings during Carleton’s annual Inclusion Week in Fall 2023.

The award is funded by the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and administered by the Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities.

Shadea Nance (she/her)

Shadea Nance, Journalism

Shadea Nance is currently a fourth-year Journalism and Film Studies (Honours) student who will be pursuing a master’s degree in communication and media studies at Carleton in the fall.

By bridging pop culture studies, intersectional feminism, and media studies approaches, Nance’s project will study the most sold Wii games; analyzing diverse representation in their characters and the quality of these representations. To bring this study full circle she will also analyze games from Nintendo’s newest gaming console, the Nintendo Switch, to track diverse representation on this newer system.

“In recent years, there has been increased pressure to include more diverse representation regarding gender and race in video games,” said Nance. “My goal is to gain a better understanding of current representation on the Nintendo Wii and its historical development.”

Nance will be working with Sioabhan Angus, assistant professor of communication and media studies. “Shadea is a brilliant and dedicated emerging media studies scholar doing innovative research with significant real world-implications,” said Angus. “She has done incredible work at Carleton to lead conversations around equity and inclusion and her project will make a significant contribution to game studies through its intersectional focus.”

“It is imperative to understand the dominant content consumed by any generation during their formative years, especially content that asks users to identify with it,” said Nance.

Read about the other five student recipients on the OVPRI website.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023 in , , ,
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