The State Department Senegalese alumni under the banner of their organization, the Senegalese Alumni Association, on Saturday, December 1, held their open house at the West African Research Center (WARC).
The event was presided over by his Excellency M. Lewis Lukens, ambassador of the United States of America in Senegal, who spent most of the day with the alumni.
In his address to the alumni, the ambassador thanked the West African Research Center (WARC) for hosting the event and being the seat of the alumni association.
The current President, Mrs Marie Meissa Gueye Fall, in her speech, expressed the alumni’s eagerness and determination to work toward strengthening relations between the USA and Senegal as well as their readiness to contribute to the development of Senegal in their various professional callings.
She also read the words of welcome and encouragement of the past president of the Association and Director of WARC, who missed the event because of a trip to the United States.
To illustrate the activities of the Association created since 2007, a photo exhibit was displayed featuring various initiatives implemented both in Senegal and other countries in the West African sub-region.
The Senegalese young alumni were also well represented through
programs such as ACCESS; ACCESS PLUS, YES, EYL, ILEP, TEA and SUSI.
The Fulbright and Humphrey alumni, in particular, gave testimonies of all the benefit they derived from their participation in those programs funded by the US government.
The alumni association includes members of diverse professions: lawyers, magistrates, educators, researchers, medical doctors, engineers etc…..All of them met that day to discuss, among other things, all the initiatives they could engage in to contribute to stronger cooperation between Senegal and the USA and to participate in the development process in their country.
Meanwhile, the DAART project funded by the US State Department through the US embassy in Dakar and implemented by the West African Research Center is in full gear with the erection of an extension building in the Center’s premise.