Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology
B.A. in Social Communications, Universidad Centroamericana, Managua, Nicaragua, 2012
Cultural anthropology, intercultural communication, participatory action research, economics, globalization, international development
A culture broker by nature, Shadi is a Nicaraguan-Iranian-Canadian whose academic and professional experiences inspired her to learn about how development can be a better process for everyone involved. While earning her undergraduate degree in social communications, she worked at her university's institutional communications office as the main events correspondent and student bulletin editor, gaining insights into how the multidisciplinary approaches of academic institutions support a country's development efforts. After graduating, she worked as a communications for development officer for an international agricultural research center, facilitating participatory exchanges with rural farming communities to inform research for development project design and contribute to gender and learning objectives. She is now pursuing her M.A. in cultural anthropology with a focus on international development and globalization, studying how culture influences economic decision-making, and how this interaction impacts socioeconomic development in an increasingly globalized world. In her spare time, Shadi can be found reading, cooking, hiking, petting other people's dogs, and acquiring ice cream.