HIGHLIGHTThe WARC Fulbright Support Staff met the Fulbright ETA’s posted in Senegal

On Thursday, February 10th in the morning, and on the invitation of the US Embassy in Dakar, the staff of the West African Research Center’s Fulbright Support Services Program met and interacted with the English Teaching Assistants (ETA’s) posted by the Fulbright Program in Senegal. The young americans (6 in total with 4 present at the event) and two staff from the US Embassy were joined at the Radisson Hotel in Dakar for an orientation session.

  1. William Little, the Regional English Language Officer West Africa and another staff member, Mrs Safietou Ndiaye, Regional English Language Assistant in the US Embassy Office of Public Affairs, welcomed the WARC staff and its Director and invited the latter to offer a few words of introduction.

Professor Séne elaborated on WARC’s long-standing practice in cross-cultural experiences, educational, academic and other related issues before summarily introducing Dr Mamadou Bodian, Miss Mariane Yade and M. Alioune Sene, the three WARC staff in charge of the successful implementation of the Fulbright Support Services Program in Senegal and in other West African countries where US Fulbrighters are or will be posted.

The support services program staff offered an overview of WARC (programs hosted by WARC, services provided to affiliated researchers and ETA’s, activities and facilities), support services,  virtual and in-person conferences, check-ins  for ETA’s and other Fulbrighters. The staff also elaborated on the virtual platform developed by WARC for Fulbrighters to have access to information, engage in debates and discussions with fellow Fulbrighters posted in the various West African countries etc. and invited the ETA’s posted in Senegal to visit WARC and also attend (in person or virtually) the various cultural and academic events regularly featured at the West African Research Center (WARC) specially during this period of Black History Month.

The ETA’s present at the meeting asked various questions particularly on their research projects and the staff committed to further discussing all those issues during check-ins and endeavoring to give the ETA’s the best solutions to their needs.

In the afternoon of the same day, the Press Attaché of the US Embassy, M. Fareed Abdullah, offered a reception at his residence which was attended by the ETA’s and the WARC Fulbright Support Services staff.