This summer, the Discovery Centre’s I-CUREUS program is supporting Anthropology student and SASA Co-President Jayani Srigouranga’s research with Professor and Chair Blair Rutherford. The project involves looking at student responses to COVID-19 adaptations within higher education in Canada, Sierra Leone, and Kenya. The main focus is to examine whether intersecting issues such as gender, race, class, disability, and urban/rural contexts influence the ability of students to have adjusted to the forced/abrupt move to online learning. To this point, research has been conducted through online surveys and interviews at Carleton University, the University of Sierra Leone-Fourah Bay College, and the University of Nairobi-Mombasa College examining topics such as students’ access and use of technology, time available for study, and other gendered socio-economic roles.

Jayani, who is also pursuing minors in African Studies and American Sign Language, is currently working on literature reviews to find relevant work to support the findings and highlight recurring themes. The other researchers involved in the project are Doris Buss (Carleton University’s Department of Law and Legal Studies), Aisha Ibrahim (Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone) and Sarah Kinyanjui (University of Nairobi – Mombasa campus).