A second-year MA candidate in interdisciplinary Studies at York University and is currently a research assistant for the Engaging Girls, Changing Communities (EGCC). Her academic interests are Community development with particular focus in Women Empowerment. She is the co-founder and managing director of Gashanti UNITY and her research is centered on negotiating spaces for Somali women in Toronto through her work with Gashanti UNITY. Her motivation stems from the lack of research about first generation Somali Canadian youth, despite the fact that they experience significant barriers integrating into mainstream Canadian society. Muna has moved fluidly from fields including social work to mental health, community development to community programming, and artistic management to artistic production. She has acted as a facilitator between the multiple generations that make up the Somali community, trying to build bridges through her multi-media work. Muna has been active in the global Somali diaspora, supporting the efforts of the Hargeisa International Book Fair Festival and the annual Somali Week Festival in London, England. Muna just produced her first feature documentary, Shadeism: Digging Deeper (2015), under Refuge Productions, for which she is a co-founder and executive producer. The film premiered this year at the 2015 Zanzibar International Film Festival.