Ashinaga USA Welcomes 6 New Scholars to the US with Orientation Programming

Last month, Ashinaga USA held an orientation Tsudoi for its fifth cohort of incoming first-year college students in New York City. Ashinaga USA has six scholars beginning their studies this year at universities across the United States: Godfrella from Sierra Leone (University of Richmond), Lincoln from Zimbabwe (Trinity College), Siyabonga from Swaziland (Northwestern University), Nathaniel from Ghana (Union College), Don Bosco from Namibia (Lafayette College), and Thapelo from Lesotho (University of Notre Dame).

From August 9-13, these six students worked with Ashinaga staff and two current scholars in the Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) on better understanding American culture, preparing for university and life on campus, and promoting leadership. Over the course of the Tsudoi, the incoming scholars had the opportunity to engage in workshops with Ashinaga USA’s Student and University Relations Teams; participate in an experiential session on self-care and mental health; and attend receptions with members of the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council, United Nations, and Ashinaga USA donors. They now join 16 other AAI Scholars in the USA, bringing the total number to 22.

Tsudoi have been an integral part of Ashinaga’s activities in Japan since Ashinaga’s inception more than 40 years ago. Tsudoi are gatherings where students who previously did not know each other gather for several days of bonding, cultural connection and contemplation.