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.

HCI master’s student Pallavi Sodhi has received EDI funding from Carleton for her research on gaming accessibility

Graduate Student Recipient
Pallavi Sodhi is a first-year master’s student in the Human-Computer Interaction program. Through her research, Sodhi will be exploring accessibility in video games: understanding what accessibility features are available, how they are designed, and what their benefits and limitations are from the perspective of those who create and play them.

“The importance of accessibility in games cannot be overstated since it allows games to be inclusive to everyone,” says Sodhi. “It should be possible for all individuals to enjoy and fully participate in the gaming experience, regardless of their abilities or disabilities.”

Working with both the Associate Dean in the Faculty of Engineering & Design, and Associate Professor in the School of Information Technology Audrey Girouard and Assistant Professor in the School of Information Technology David Thue, Sodhi’s research will aid in developing an accessibility-focused framework for game designers to create new customizable accessibility features for players.

“We see Pallavi’s project as a key step toward making video games more accessible to a wider range of players,” says Thue.

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 in , ,
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