Communication Studies & Media Arts

CSMA’s Dr. Selina Mudavanhu receives a two-year ONCAT grant 

Dr. Selina Mudavanhu, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia recently received a two-year grant of just over $100,000 from Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT) for a project that explores the experiences of Black college-to-university transfer students at McMaster University using in-depth interviews and digital storytelling.  


The project is specifically interested in understanding the students’ experiences of transferring and settling into their new institutions. The project recommends ways of making the transfer process more seamless for these students as well as strategies that universities can use in developing supportive and inclusive environments. 


Dr. Mudavanhu has extensive experience in conducting qualitative studies. One of her research interests is digital storytelling. In this work, she is interested in the manner in which ordinary people speak back to power, articulate their lived experiences, and create alternative meanings through digital storytelling. Selina has prior experience in convening training workshops in digital storytelling methodology. She has also co-created digital stories with non-profit organizations and created digital stories based on her own experiences and travels.