Communication and Development Studies at Ohio University

Communication and Development Studies at Ohio University A resource for students, faculty, and alumni of the Communication and Development Studies master’s program at Ohio University, and for communication and development practitioners around the world.
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The M.A. degree offered through the Communication & Development Studies program at Ohio University focuses on media and social change. Read more here: http://www.commdev.ohio.edu/About%20the%20Program/Program%20Overview.html

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Let us introduce Katie Gardner, a current CommDev student, and her exciting multimedia project about female environmenta...
03/29/2021

Let us introduce Katie Gardner, a current CommDev student, and her exciting multimedia project about female environmental activists in Appalachia.

Check out the full story here: https://www.ohio.edu/scripps-college/mdia/masters-student-focuses-capstone-female-environmental-activists-appalachia

Let us introduce Katie Gardner, a current CommDev student, and her exciting multimedia project about female environmental activists in Appalachia.

Check out the full story here: https://www.ohio.edu/scripps-college/mdia/masters-student-focuses-capstone-female-environmental-activists-appalachia

Mark your calendar 🗓 On March 4th, #CommDevers will be hosting a talk with Dr. Arvind Singhal, one of the “founding fath...
02/12/2021

Mark your calendar 🗓 On March 4th, #CommDevers will be hosting a talk with Dr. Arvind Singhal, one of the “founding fathers” of the positive deviance approach.

Mark your calendar 🗓 On March 4th, #CommDevers will be hosting a talk with Dr. Arvind Singhal, one of the “founding fathers” of the positive deviance approach.

12/19/2020
Ohio University Global Affairs

Shout-out to a CommDev graduate Chumbow Ngum Emem 🌟

Learn more about Chumbow Ngum Emem and her perspectives on global engagement! “One of the main advantages of going online and learning remotely has been the fact that I now am able to connect more with people from different countries than I could before, not because we are seeing each other physically, but because there’s a bit more time for people to answer questions, there’s a bit more time for us to engage in discussions and debate online.” Chumbow Ngum Emem Ohio University @Communication and Development Studies at Ohio University @Center for International Studies, Ohio University International Student Union ISU Ohio University Office of International Student & Faculty Services #ohioiew2020 #iew2020

🎉 A small get-together to celebrate the end of this unprecedented semester. Congrats to our CommDevers on all that they ...
12/17/2020

🎉 A small get-together to celebrate the end of this unprecedented semester. Congrats to our CommDevers on all that they have accomplished!

When four CommDev majors graduated in 2019, they knew they wanted to pursue their passions as a full-time career. So, th...
03/06/2020

When four CommDev majors graduated in 2019, they knew they wanted to pursue their passions as a full-time career. So, they launched CreateCulture, a nonprofit cross cultural organization. Since then, they've seen great success! Read more: http://bit.ly/2PP69jm

Check out the link to read about current student Paige Jennan Andrew’s 2019 CIS Student Expo winning project titled Inti...
03/03/2020

Check out the link to read about current student Paige Jennan Andrew’s 2019 CIS Student Expo winning project titled Intimate Partner Violence in Le***an, Bisexual, Trans and Gay (LGBT) Relationships in Jamaica ➡️ https://bit.ly/2TeF4Ip

Happy Friday everyone! Time for another student spotlight!Nelli Gurbanova is from Turkmenistan and is in the 2019-2021 C...
02/28/2020

Happy Friday everyone! Time for another student spotlight!

Nelli Gurbanova is from Turkmenistan and is in the 2019-2021 CommDev cohort. She chose OU because of her desire to study both communication and social change, which Masters in the Communication and Development Studies so uniquely combines. What makes Ohio a special place for Nelli is its charismatic people and picturesque scenery!

Student Spotlight!Afi is a second year CommDev student from Ghana. Her research includes technology & development, healt...
02/24/2020

Student Spotlight!

Afi is a second year CommDev student from Ghana. Her research includes technology & development, health communication and she is passionate about women empowerment. When she is not traveling, she spends her time reading or blogging!

Communication and Development Studies at Ohio University
02/11/2020

Communication and Development Studies at Ohio University

Our second-year students getting ready for graduation!
04/27/2019

Our second-year students getting ready for graduation!

We had so much fun taking our class graduating pictures last week! This Masters has been an incredible adventure for all of us! Cheers to all these wonderful people!!
#ClassOf2019 #CommDev #InternationalDevelopment #CenterForInternationalStudies #OhioUniversity #GraduationDay #ComingSoon #SocialChange #Communication #Development #C4D

CommDev for the win at the very first Center For International Awards Night! A lot of our first-year and second-year stu...
04/14/2019

CommDev for the win at the very first Center For International Awards Night! A lot of our first-year and second-year students received an academic achievement award or a grant!

CommDev Student of the Week is Abubakarr Sidik Sesay from Sierra LeoneSidik has worked as a Senior Communications Office...
04/06/2019

CommDev Student of the Week is Abubakarr Sidik Sesay from Sierra Leone

Sidik has worked as a Senior Communications Officer at Attitudinal and Behavioral Change (ABC) Secretariat in Sierra Leone.

He chose the Communication and Development program because he thinks it is a unique discipline for anyone who wants to be an agent of positive change and development in society.

After CommDev, Sidik will gain more advanced studies “so that I can be well prepared to go back and make meaningful contribution to the development of my country.”

His favorite spot in Athens is Wendy's: “Friendly staff, reasonable cost.”

Check our website for more information about the Master in Communication and Development: https://www.ohio.edu/global/cis/commdev

CommDev Student of the Week is Delphine De Gryse from BelgiumDelphine De Gryse studied journalism at the Artevelde Unive...
03/30/2019

CommDev Student of the Week is Delphine De Gryse from Belgium

Delphine De Gryse studied journalism at the Artevelde University College Ghent. She has worked as communication officer and editor at the Public Center for Social Welfare of Bruges (Belgium) and as a visiting instructor at Manizales University (Colombia). She is pursuing the Master in Communication and Development studies because she believes that positive and sustainable social change is about understanding and involving the communities you are working with. She sees communication as an essential component in every development process.

Delphine explains that CommDev gave her the possibility to choose the specializations she is most interested in, such as social justice, women's and gender studies, visual communication, migration and refugee studies. She also mentions the multicultural setting of the CommDev program.

Her favorite spot in Athens is the pool on a hot summer day, her bed on a cold winter day and a quiet room at Alden library on a study day.

• What is your favorite food? - Belgian fries (with steak). Belgian Beer. Belgian waffles. Belgian chocolate. Colombian arepa con hogao, buñuelos. Panamanian patacones, hojaldra, yaniqueque de coco, pastelito de maiz nuevo, dulce de yuca. Thai food. I also love pizza and pasta.
• Are you a morning person or a night owl? - Definitely not a morning person.
• Would you rather live where it is constantly winter or where it is constantly summer? - I prefer summer.

Check our website for more information about the Master in Communication and Development: https://www.ohio.edu/global/cis/commdev

CommDev Student of the Week is Claudia Cisneros Méndez from PeruClaudia is a journalist and an activist for Human and Ci...
03/24/2019

CommDev Student of the Week is Claudia Cisneros Méndez from Peru

Claudia is a journalist and an activist for Human and Civil Rights. In 2014 she won the Journalism National Award for Human Rights in Perú.

She chose CommDev in order to expand her knowledge and skills in communication and contributing to sustainable development and democracy in her country.

Claudia is still not sure about her plans after graduating. She is currently studying for a second Master's in the Journalism from the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University. “I might go back to my country or decide to pursue a Ph.D. I still have time to decide my path.”

Her favorite spot in Athens is the Appalachian roads in Fall. “Beautiful colored landscapes, its leaves floating and dancing all over while they fall from the trees... magical!"

• Do you have any hidden talents? - I am a mezzo-soprano. I love to sing, it makes me feel synchronized with the universe.
• Could you go for a week without your smartphone? - As long as my two kids are with me, yes, I could go without the phone for an unlimited amount of time.
• Are you named after anyone? - The 1950's sexy Italian actress Claudia Cardinale (my first name), and my mother's mom, Consuelo (second name).

Check our website for more information about the Master in Communication and Development: https://www.ohio.edu/global/cis/commdev

CommDev Student of the Week is Harry Morgan Insaidoo from GhanaMorgan went to Komeda College of Education, Kwame Nkrumah...
03/16/2019

CommDev Student of the Week is Harry Morgan Insaidoo
from Ghana

Morgan went to Komeda College of Education, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and University of Education-Winneba, all in Ghana. He is a teacher and graphic designer. Morgan worked with Oxygen Adverting as a visualizer, Brandimagery as graphic designer, Himex Printing Press as Designer & Production Manager, Adentiti Publication as designer & Manager, and finally at Presbyterian Senior High School as a Graphic Design Teacher.

He chose CommDev because he is passionate about development and wants to help bring smiles onto the faces of the marginalized in society. That’s where he hopes to gain real job satisfaction.

After graduating, he hopes to work with an international NGO where he can travel across low-middle income countries to effect social change.

“If that doesn't happen, then I will start an NGO.”

His favorite spot in Athens? “I don’t think I have found one yet because I am mostly indoors. Hopefully, I will go out often in the second semester."

• What is your signature dance move? - Reggae dance (crossing the right leg with the left, going down a bit and bouncing on the floor, and vice versa).

• What is your favorite food? - Cocoyam Pudding, and Jollof

• Would you rather live where it is constantly winter or where it is constantly summer? - Constantly summer for sure.

Check our website for more information about the Master in Communication and Development: https://www.ohio.edu/global/cis/commdev/

CommDev Student of the Week is Habiba Mohamed from EgyptHabiba Mohamed is a second-year student in Communication and Dev...
03/09/2019

CommDev Student of the Week is Habiba Mohamed from Egypt

Habiba Mohamed is a second-year student in Communication and Development master’s program. She anticipates graduating in May 2019. She believes that her whole personal and professional life experience has guided her to be an activist and to pursue a stable development academic background. She has been volunteering and working in many NGOs, Initiatives, and Institutions advocating for women rights.

Habiba believes that the revival of nations can only happen if there are equal opportunities for everyone in society to participate in social change. That is why she decided to do her master’s in CommDev related to women rights.

• Would you rather live where it is constantly winter or where it is constantly summer? - I like normal weather which is not too cold or too hot.
• What is your favorite food? - I love all kinds of chicken.
• Do you prefer coffee or tea? - I am a tea person, but grad life forced me to be a coffee person too, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to cope with all of those readings and assignments.

Check our website for more information about the Master in Communication and Development: https://www.ohio.edu/global/cis/commdev/

CommDev Student of the Week is Delight Jessica Agboada from GhanaDelight Jessica Agboada obtained her Bachelors in Ewe E...
03/02/2019

CommDev Student of the Week is Delight Jessica Agboada from Ghana

Delight Jessica Agboada obtained her Bachelors in Ewe Education and Masters in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Education, Winneba. Prior to her admission to the CommDev program, she worked as a Program Assistant with the Center for Media and Development Communication, Winneba. She selected CommDev because it is a program that provides her the platform to hone her teaching ambition as well develop the expertise in higher education and research underpinned by her lifelong quest of improving lives.

Two years from now, Delight plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Health and Development to further develop her passion. As an upcoming facilitator and educator, her goal is to raise the next generational thinkers and engage in a type of research that aims at improving health and development at the grassroots level.

Her favorite spot in Athens thus far is Thai Paradise: “simply because I love spicy food and their food is by far the best I have tasted in Athens.”

• What is your favorite food? - Akple and Okro soup (a local delicacy).
• Do you prefer coffee or tea? - I prefer tea because coffee can keep me awake till the next generation appears on earth.
• Are you named after anyone? - Nope, I don’t think anyone’s name would have fitted my personality like Delight does.

Check our website for more information about the Master in Communication and Development: https://www.ohio.edu/global/cis/commdev/

CommDev Student of the Week is Angela Maria Mendez from ColombiaAngela holds a degree on Mass Communication and Journali...
02/24/2019

CommDev Student of the Week is Angela Maria Mendez from Colombia

Angela holds a degree on Mass Communication and Journalism. She worked for about four years with the UN Agency for Refugees in Colombia as a program assistant and public information assistant. She has experience in working with children, youth and women from rural and urban areas who have been forcibly displaced. In addition, she loves community work and has a passion for people and their power to overcome difficulties. Angela chose the CommDev program because she wanted to learn how to use communication for social change, especially in contexts of conflict resolution and peace-building:

“Communication is a powerful mechanism to influence people's perceptions and behaviors and when used at grassroots levels, it has positive impacts on community empowerment, participation, behavioral change, reconciliation, resilience and even collective memory; so the MA on CommDev at Ohio University was a perfect fit for me. I have learned a lot about participatory communication, research methods and development.” After graduating, she plans to travel for a while and then go back home and start working in the field of communication for peace-building. She would love to go back to the UN or any other organization working in area of peace and reconciliation.

Her favorite spot in Athens is the terrace at the Baker University Center: “In autumn, it is an amazing place to sit, relax and enjoy the warm weather and the breeze!”

• What is your favorite food? - I love Pad Thai.
• Are you a morning person or a night owl? - A night owl
• Would you rather live where it is constantly winter or where it is constantly summer? - Definitely where it is constantly summer! (I'm a girl from the tropic.)

Check our website for more information about the Master in Communication and Development: https://www.ohio.edu/global/cis/commdev/

Almost weekend! But first: CommDev Colloquium. Second-year students explain first-years all about the three options to g...
02/22/2019

Almost weekend! But first: CommDev Colloquium. Second-year students explain first-years all about the three options to graduate: doing a thesis, a capstone project or a comprehensive exam. Learn more about our program: https://www.ohio.edu/global/cis/commdev/index.cfm.

CommDev Student of the Week is Jennan Andrew from Trinidad and TobagoJennan’s first degree was in Integrated Marketing C...
02/16/2019

CommDev Student of the Week is Jennan Andrew from Trinidad and Tobago

Jennan’s first degree was in Integrated Marketing Communications and then she worked for 2.5 years as the Communications Manager at an NGO in Trinidad. Her work with civil society organizations in the Caribbean region peaked her interest in the way communication could be used to change people's perceptions toward marginalized individuals and she felt that the CommDev program would be the best place to help her adopt skills, best practices and strategies to better do this work.

After graduating from CommDev she plans to travel the world and would also like to do primarily consultancy work in the areas of M&E and project development and management.

Her favorite spot in Athens is… her apartment: “I mean I loved Old Man's Cave when we visited, and I enjoy a good drink at Jackie O's but as much as I enjoy living here, nowhere makes me feel as relaxed and happy as my apartment after a long day.”

• Do you have any hidden talents? - I used to be a star sprinter actually... for quite a number of years.

• What is your favorite food? - Trinidadian curry and roti and also my granny's corn pie.

• Do you prefer coffee or tea? - Tea for sure but only like peppermint tea or herbal tea that my mom makes, coffee makes me anxious though sometimes I crave it...and then I have to chance it and spend 30 minutes at the gym to burn the anxiety off.

Check our website for more information about the Master in Communication and Development: https://www.ohio.edu/global/cis/commdev/

CommDev Student of the Week is Nikolai Rubanovskii from RussiaNikolai obtained his Bachelor in International Relations f...
02/09/2019

CommDev Student of the Week is Nikolai Rubanovskii from Russia

Nikolai obtained his Bachelor in International Relations from the Lobachevsky State University of Nizhniy Novgorod. He interned in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and at the EastWest Institute. He has also worked as a Social Media Planner.

He chose to study Communication Development because he believes problems all over the world can be fixed with enough will both from the governments and the people.

"CommDev allows me to help develop that will and drive social change." After graduating he would like to work in a non-profit specialized in international development, government scrutiny and human rights protection.

His favorite spot in Athens is the pool in RiverGate Apartments: ‘Why? I love pools, are you kidding? Also, I come from a cold country, which does not have outside pools. They make me feel like I am on vacation.”

• Are you a morning person or a night owl? - I am a night owl. 3 am is bedtime. Night is tempting time; night is when all the memorable things usually happen. I love the night.

• Do you have any hidden talents? - I can make it seem like I know what I am talking about, while having absolutely no idea.

• What is your signature dance move? - I will have to show you. No idea what it’s called. It’s when you put your palms on your knees and swap them making it seem like you are doing a magic trick with your legs. I think it’s really retro.

Check our website for more information about the Master in Communication and Development: https://www.ohio.edu/global/cis/commdev/

CommDev Student of the Week is Senya Afi Ghamli from GhanaAfi graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and...
02/02/2019

CommDev Student of the Week is Senya Afi Ghamli from Ghana

Afi graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana) in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in French. After six years working in product management, marketing and corporate communications at technology firm, Hubtel (Ghana), she took a break to undertake a Masters Degree in Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University.

During Afi's first semester at OU, the Seminar in Communication and Development course piqued her interest in development related issues, and she later applied to the program. Currently a first-year student in the Communication and Development Studies program, her research interests include technology and development, health communication and she is passionate about women empowerment.

When Afi is not traveling, she spends her time reading or blogging.

• What is your favorite food? - I love food so it's hard to tell but I'll choose Kenkey and Okra soup/stew anyday. (I see someone Google Kenkey already. 😊)

• Are you a morning person or a night owl? - I used to be a morning person until school changed that.

• Are you named after anyone? - Yes! My Godmother. She is one of the best things that ever happened to me and I can't say this enough.

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