Resident Director (TBA)


Prof. Ousmane Sène, Program Director                                         

Professor Sène is currently Associate Professor in the Department of English, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, and also the Director of the West African Research Center (WARC) in the Senegalese capital.

After chairing the Department of English over 10 years (1988-1998) and while still teaching in the same department, Professor Sène started developing and consolidating his activities in Senegal as a study abroad programs director for several US universities including the University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, Mount Holyoke College and Wells College. He is one of the most experienced study abroad program managers in Senegal right now.  He received the honorary title of Distinguished International Academician from the University of Minnesota in June 2010.

Professor Sène was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in 1991 at the University of Florida (Gainesville) and is a frequent visiting professor and scholar on various US campuses, teaching and giving lectures most of the time on African literature and other social-science-related issues. His career as frequent visiting professor in the US spans from 1989 to 2010 with his upcoming visit to UNC-CH.  He is currently also the Director of the West African Research Center (WARC) in Dakar, the executive arm of the West African Research Association (WARA) while also serving in the office of the President of University Cheikh Anta Diop as an advisor on academic cooperation with US universities.


  Dr. Mamarame Seck, Academic Coordinator

 Dr. Mamarame Seck is a PhD holder from the University of Florida, in      Gainesville, Florida, in linguistics with concentration in discourse analysis.        Among his research interests are the Wolof language, culture, and      linguistics,  French linguistics, Islamic discourses in West Africa and the  functions of Sufi  oral discourse in the practice of Islam in Senegal, in  particular in the  socialization of Sufi disciples and their relationship with the  shaykh.

 Dr. Seck has published a book, Narratives as Muslim Practice in Senegal,  with Peter Lang Publishers, in New York. He is also the author of an    Intermediate Wolof textbook, Nanu Jàng Wolof : A Multidimentional Approach  to the Teaching and Learning of Wolof as Foreign Language, published with    the National African Language Resource Center (NALRC) at Indiana  University, Bloomington, Indiana.

After having taught Wolof and African languages and linguistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel for six years, Dr. Mamarame Seck joined IFAN (Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire) at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal, where he serves as researcher in the linguistics laboratory, in the Department of Languages and Civilizations.


Mariane Yade, Program Administrative Coordinator

Mariane Yade studied at Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar where she obtained a master’s degree in English. She has worked for three years as a study abroad assistant at the West African Research center (WARC). She is currently WARC’s programs and public relations officer in charge of coordinating WARC’s visiting researchers. She also coordinates the study tours hosted by WARC during the summer. She spent three years in Saint Paul, Minnesota serving as a French lab instructor at Macalester College. Mariane has considerable knowledge of both the Senegalese and US educational systems, and extensive experience coordinating study abroad programs.


Abdoulaye NIANG, Administrative and Finance Director

Abdoulaye did his primary and secondary studies in Dakar and got a major B (Economy) baccalaureate degree. After two years at the Cheikh Anta Diop University  in the School of Economics, Abdoulaye did a Vocational training in Accounting at ESP (ex ENSUT).  He started working at WARC in 1996 as an intern in the library , then was in charge of the Regional Electronic Database  before being appointed Administrative and Finance Director in 2003.