Sasakawa Scholars Graduation News
Sasakawa Graduates 2014
Le Toudjida Allara, a recipient of the Sasakawa scholarship who graduated in May, is the son of a United Nations official who was always on the move. Moving from place to place during his childhood gave him an enlightening exposure to different cultures and languages. He attended schools in Geneva, Switzerland, and the African countries of Ivory Coast, Burkino Faso, and Chad. He is the first citizen of these African countries to complete both bachelor's (international studies) and master's degrees (public administration) at Gallaudet. His graduation with the Class of 2014 was significant: Ambassador Seydou Bouda and Mrs. Bouda from the Embassy of Burkina Faso were present at Commencement to witness him receive his diploma. Allara is currently working as a tutor at Gallaudet, and he helped the University plan events celebrating its sesquicentennial this year. Allara said he began his higher education at the Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf, where he studied micro-electric engineering, then transferred to Gallaudet to pursue a degree in the international field. He said there's a "long list" of benefits for studying at Gallaudet: incomparable communication access, a deaf-friendly environment, small classes, a multicultural campus community, and a strong but nurturing academic environment that helps students develop skills.