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“All humans are human. Not one of us
is more human than another.”
Lieutenant-General The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire
Lieutenant-General and Senator Roméo Dallaire returned to the Lewis & Clark College campus in 2013 as the College of Arts & Sciences commencement speaker and recipient of a Doctorate in Humane Letters, Honoris Causa.
Visiting with Dallaire Scholarship recipient, Emmanuel Habimana.
During a moving address to graduating seniors, General Dallaire reminded students “Your responsibilities go well beyond your town, your state, the borders of your country.” He further stated that when a great nation has power “it has a responsibility well beyond its border, to humanity.”
The Dallaire Scholarship Committee looks forward to working with General Dallaire in supporting his humanitarian efforts throughout the world, and in maintaining the scholarship that bears his name.
For further information regarding the current work of General Dallaire, please see biography below.
The Roméo Dallaire Scholarship
Lewis & Clark’s Roméo Dallaire Scholarship honors the work and vision of Roméo Dallaire, former commander of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission to Rwanda, Canadian Army Lieutenant-General (ret.), Senator, world citizen, and humanitarian.
To honor Dallaire’s work and vision, preference is given to low-income students who demonstrate a dedication to promoting human rights in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Roméo Dallaire Scholarship allows recipients to enroll in the Academic English Studies program at Lewis & Clark College for one academic year. While studying and living with other students from throughout the United States and around the world, scholarship recipients experience first hand the history and habits of diverse cultures even as they share with others their own traditions, customs, insights and beliefs. The Dallaire Award Fund continues to advance the principle that has guided Lewis & Clark’s innovative programs in international education for more than 40 years: global understanding is rooted in relationships, and relationships are built day by day and person to person.
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This award resulted from the initiative and efforts of Lewis & Clark College students who were moved to pursue the end of genocide, and to support human rights for all members of our global community. Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire spoke at Lewis & Clark on November 18, 2004, and on that day became the first contributor to the scholarship that now bears his name.
How to Apply for the Scholarship
The deadline for applying for the 2015-16 Dallaire Scholarship is November 17, 2014. Please see our application page for more information.
Donating to the Scholarship
You can help make Roméo Dallaire’s pledge come alive by giving to the scholarship fund that carries his name. There are several ways to give:
- Call the Office of Annual Giving at 503-768-7944 or 800-753-9292.
- To make a gift online, please visit our Online Giving Page. To direct your gift, select College of Arts & Sciences, select Other from the drop-down menu, and write in Dallaire Scholarship in the blank box.
- Send your check, payable to Lewis & Clark College, to the address below.
Lewis & Clark College
0615 SW Palatine Hill Road
Portland, OR 97219-7899
Didacienne Nibagwire is our 2013-2014 Roméo Dallaire Scholarship recipient. Dida is a graduate of Kigali Independent University in Economics, and is a theatre actress and playwright (writing in her native Kinyarwanda and French). She believes art has the power to make a difference, and focuses on using art for advocacy and social change; her work has covered a number of themes including reconciliation, forgiveness, justice and human rights.
Dida’s interest in theater began in high school. In 2007 she began working for an NGO called Never Again Rwanda, performing and co-writing different theater plays. A highlight was starring in a TV film on children’s rights supported by the Rwandan Supreme Court.
After this, Dida joined the Rwanda Tourism Office/Rwanda Development Board working on promoting the change, progress and beauty of today’s Rwanda. She believes Rwanda has come very far in terms of development and security, and wants the world to see a different Rwanda, beyond its painful history. However, she also believes that the difficult task of healing the people remains, and this brought her back to the world of arts, something which she knows first-hand has the power to heal.
Recently, Dida spent two years working at the Ishyo Arts Centre coordinating activities for major festivals, cross-cultural programs, and performances. This was where she also improved her acting skills. She was featured in Forgiveness and Justice, a documentary by Roger Spottiswoode and Rebecca Chaiklin. Dida also acted in the play Umuvunyi, an adaptation of Revizor by Nicolai Gogol, and in the short film Behind the Word.* Her last project before coming to Portland was working as an assistant producer on Rwanda’s first staging of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.
Across all of her work, Dida is especially driven to address issues faced by women and children. Since 2012, she has also been working with Girl Hub Rwanda as a research facilitator, girl-mentor and translator.
* A young student finds her lack of English brings her considerable ridicule from her classmates. One of her teachers tries to abuse her, the unwelcoming climate she finds at school because of the language barrier is so unbearable for her but she cannot tell it due to lack of words, she struggles to learn new languages, due to her drawing talent, she will be able to capture her arts teacher and with her, they try to fix her problems. (http://rwandafilmfestival.net/behind-the-word)
A message from Didacienne:
I want to help others like me. Since I began my involvement in theater, my dream has been to become a women’s and children’s rights activist. After my scholarship at Lewis and Clark, I plan to continue my studies for a master’s degree, and hope to create a cultural center in Rwanda to promote a deeper understanding of child and youth issues, and to help make sure the next generation is a peaceful one.
Emmanuel Habimana was our 2012-2013 Roméo Dallaire Scholarship recipient. He notes that all of his involvement and interest in human rights comes from his experience as a genocide survivor and his need to reunite his community in peace. Most of his work has been “in counseling fellow survivors in unity and reconciliation, helping them with their basic needs, and providing education about genocide to the world.”
During secondary school, Emmanuel served as Vice-President of his school’s Unity and Reconciliation Club and assisted in organizing athletic and cultural events, as well as “conferences for my peers to discuss issues about ethnicity and the relationship that ethnicity in Rwanda had to the genocide.” He also held the position of President of the Umuhuza Youth Association in the Nyakabanda sector of Kigali. During this time, he helped to create English classes for fellow youth in his area, and he sponsored public forums about HIV/AIDS education and prevention.
Emmanuel later worked for the Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center summer program. The purpose of this program is to bring groups of international college students and teachers to Rwanda every summer to do field studies on the 1994 genocide. He has worked with students and teachers from the United States, Russia, Australia, Canada, Nigeria, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Since 2010, while enrolled as a student in Kigali Independent University, Emmanuel has been co-directing a documentary about the children who were orphaned by the genocide in Rwanda called Komora: to heal. It is being funded by two grants from National Geographic Society and sponsored by an organization called Education for the World. In this documentary he personally interviews senator Romeo Dallaire, who was the chief commander of UNAMIR in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide and in whose name the Lewis& Clark College Dallaire Scholarship is named.
A message from Emmanuel:
Sometimes as survivors we feel misunderstood by our fellow Rwandans and the outside world. I contribute to my society by doing projects that raise awareness about the issues we face and helping survivors feel understood and appreciated.”
After completing the Academic English Studies program at Lewis and Clark, I will apply what I’ve been studying by becoming a secondary school English teacher and a writer. Also, because I have been working on this documentary, I have developed an interest in journalism. This has given me the dream of applying for a grant to create a human rights magazine in Rwanda, teaching people through the magazine about peace, reconciliation and respect between ethnicities. I will also create a human rights English club at my university where I will apply what I have learned at Lewis and Clark. Lastly, I would like to write a book about my life surviving the genocide and making something of myself in the years after.
Update: May, 2013 - Before coming to L&C, the truth is that I had always assumed that it was almost always impossible to live with the people with whom you did not share the same ethnicity or race, or sometimes beliefs. This year I learned that, despite our differences - which should not be a factor at all - we have so much to learn from each other. I have learned that we have so much in common. Our race and ethnicities, skin color and many other differences are like many types of flowers in the garden. When you look at this garden you see the beauty, not the differences. You see many colors decorating the garden.
I have finally concluded that we are all the flowers of this planet. We are the beauty of humanity.
Komora: to heal
Thank you to all who attended the recent screenings of Komora: to heal. This film was co-directed by Dallaire scholar Emmanuel Habimana and his colleague, Natalia Ledford. For more information about the film, please visit the website.
Kelvine Muhire Ngerero, the 2011-2012 Romeo Dallaire Scholarship recipient, is a graduate of Kigali Independent University. In 2009 she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Law.
Kelvine describes herself as a passionate human rights activist. As a volunteer with the Rwanda Commission on Human Rights, she facilitated seminars and workshops throughout the country. She also participated in Ministry of Health programs conducting research involving youth and sex workers. Her focus was on investigating how human rights abuses affect behavior and make victims vulnerable to deadly diseases like HIV/Aids.
In her scholarship application, Kelvine stated “When I return to Rwanda I will continue the advocacy for human rights. I feel I will be more energized given the exposure, international contacts and English language competence which will be acquired. I intend to enroll for a Masters Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies, majoring in Gender and Health and thus assisting my country and the East African community.”
Update: October, 2012 - This is just to let you know that I’ve started my MA in Genocide Studies. I received a scholarship, and the program will take two years: one year in class and another year of research. My first class was about research, and it was just what I learned at L&C. The English skills I acquired will help me to complete my studies. Since my L&C’s experience I’m getting many opportunities in my life which will help me to contribute to build my country.
Update: May, 2013 - I’m happy to let you know that I’ve been selected as a GHC fellow for the position of Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator at the Rwandan Ministry of Health. This will be a good opportunity for me to assist my country with my experience in health issues.
Editor’s note: The Global Health Corps notified Kelvine that “this year’s application pool was highly competitive, with over 9100 applications for 108 positions. Being selected for one of these positions is an incredible accomplishment!”
Update: August, 2013 - Following two weeks of training at Yale University, Kelvine joined other Fellows who met with President Clinton and his daughter Chelsea when they recently visited the Starskey Hearing Foundation in Kigali, Rwanda. Kelvine writes “Being a GHC Fellow is a great privilege… I want to emphasize the fact that my L&C experience has been a key to what is happening in my life now. Thank you for the skills you are giving us. For sure, you are helping us to help our country, but also to give a sense of our future.”
Patrick Mugabo was the 2010-2011 Dallaire scholar. Patrick has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the Kigali Independent University, and has worked as a nurse for many years at King Faisal Hospital in Kigali. He is interested in health care policy-making in Rwanda and has worked on the steering committee for the Palliative Care Association of Rwanda.
Update: November, 2011 - Right after my return to Rwanda, I resumed my work as a site coordinator of public health research conducted by Columbia University, Mailman school of Public Health, via its program in Rwanda; ICAP - International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs. The study was completed in September.
Since September, I have been working as a Research Assistant for Partners In Health (Harvard affiliated NGO operating in Rwanda and other 11 developing countries). The project I am working on aims at promoting mental health care in our catchment area. Besides that, I am applying to many universities in Europe & South Africa so that I can start my graduate studies next fall.
Clarisse Mukamukiza received the Scholarship for the 2009-2010 academic year. She was born in Kigali, Rwanda and is a Genocide survivor. In 2000, she received a degree in Nursing from the School of Nursing Sciences in Rwamagana. In 2006, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Kigali Independent University. As an active member of the Student Genocide Survivor Association, she counseled others suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Prior to beginning her year of study at Lewis & Clark College, Clarisse worked as a nurse involved in public health education for HIV/AIDS prevention.
Rafiki Gasarasi received the Dallaire Scholarship in 2008-09. In his youth, Rafiki had been arrested and detained in the Democratic Republic of Congo with his family for more than ten months because of difficulties between DRC and Rwanda. In Rwanda he was later a member of Youth Crime Watch of Rwanda. He has worked on HIV/AIDS issues in Rwanda, and hopes to continue contributing to his community on his return to Rwanda, perhaps after graduate study.
Update: March, 2014 - I am now working for a very interesting firm that keeps me busy on one hand; on the other hand, it teaches me much. As the fruit of my efforts, last July I was promoted to a senior level. I am now a senior System Administrator in PwC.
What makes me like my job is not only the way I learn everyday, but also that it allows me as a staff member to continue assisting people in need. All PwC firms are involved in their local communities through a vast range of projects, from supporting youth education and leadership programs, to helping social entrepreneurs and local charities. This is a core part of our culture, and we regularly contribute our time, skills and resources.
In 2013 I was part of a team that assisted in the renovation of a widow’s house which was partially destroyed, and now she is back in her house. During the same year our country received more than 9,818 people who were expelled by Tanzania. I was part of a team that represented our firm during the trip to one of the refugee camps, where we assisted them with clothes. I’m looking forward to contributing more in this kind of activities.
The 2007-08 recipient was Viviane Gakire Kabeho. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Administration from the National University of Rwanda. She worked with the Center for Conflict Management pursuing peace, tolerance, prevention and peaceful settlement of conflicts in Rwanda. After her return to Rwanda, Viviane accepted a position as a Local Government Program Analyst for the Rwandan Prime Minister’s Cabinet.
Update: November, 2011 - Viviane received her MBA from Oklahoma Christian University in 2011. She returned to her job as an Analyst in the Rwandan Prime Minister’s Office in Kigali.
Update: March, 2013 - I have changed positions and have a new job. It is with an international organization called AWEPA, as a European Parliamentarian for Africa. I will be working in very close relations with the Rwanda Parliament in the planning process, implementation and evaluation of their activities.
Editor’s note: “AWEPA works in cooperation with African Parliaments to strengthen parliamentary democracy in Africa, to keep Africa high on the political agenda in Europe and to facilitate African-European Parliamentary dialogue. AWEPA’s overall objective is to support the realisation of human rights and development in Africa via strengthening democratic institutions. With the help of parliamentarians and elected officials worldwide, AWEPA actively supports human resource development and institutional capacity building within parliaments made up of decentralised authorities.”
The first recipient of this scholarship in 2006-07 was Romeo Umulisa, a young man active in issues of human rights and reconciliation in Rwanda. Romeo was involved with the Rwanda Cinema Centre in Kigali, writing and directing documentary films on the 1994 genocide and other human rights concerns, as well as promoting reconciliation in schools through film and other educational projects.
Update: March, 2013 - The one year that I spent at Lewis and Clark College was for me one of the most memorable of my life not only because I got to meet and share my life with wonderful people, teachers and students alike, but most importantly because I was given at the opportunity to build something that has shaped my life today, something that has helped me build a career, a dream and a future. My gratitude goes to the entire committee of the Dallaire Scholarship, and most importantly to my friend Michael Graham whom I am proud to call a brother today. I can never return the equivalent of your hard work that you did to get this started and keep it going today. But as a fruit of that hard work, I will make sure it is never forgotten, because you have made a difference in so many people’s lives. All I can say is keep up the good work and thank you again.
Editor’s Note: Romeo has completed his university degree and currently serves as Creative Director for Lycamedia Creative Communications, as well as the Director and Art Director of the Rwanda Film Festival. He has worked throughout Europe and Africa.
Lieutenant-General The Honourable
Roméo A. Dallaire, Senator
The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire, Senator, has had a distinguished career in the Canadian military, achieving the rank of Lieutenant-General and becoming Assistant Deputy Minister (Human Resources) in the Department of National Defence in 1998. In 1994, General Dallaire commanded the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR).
His book on his experiences in Rwanda, entitled Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, was awarded the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction in 2004.
His book They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children: The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers, was published in 2011.
As a champion of human rights his activities include:
- Advocacy for the Canadian Forces mission to Afghanistan;
- Speaking engagements on issues relating to human rights and genocide prevention;
- A Senior Fellowship at Concordia University’s Montreal Institute of Genocide Studies;
- Membership in the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Committee on Genocide Prevention;
- Leadership in a project to develop a conceptual base for the elimination of the use of child soldiers;
- Leadership in activities aimed at the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.
From official biography: http://www.romeodallaire.com/biography.html
General Dallaire’s message is powerful in its simplicity and challenging in its scope.
Links of Interest
The Girl Effect & Girl Hub
Gashora Girls Academy
The World Outside My Shoes – Carl & Teresa Wilkens
“Learning from Rwanda to equip and inspire each one of us to enter the world of the “Other”. The “Other” may be under our own roof or on the other side of the globe.”