Grew up shuttling between Nigeria and Wisconsin. Holds an earned LL.B. (law degree) from a Nigerian university; 1994-1997, was a graduate social work student at Gallaudet University, where he also worked as an international advisor with the English Language Institute; also had a full-time internship at Gallaudet's Mental Health Center and served as a program specialist at Deaf-Reach Inc. 2000-2003, was director of the Diagnostic Center at South West Collegiate Institute for the Deaf; in 2003, returned to Gallaudet to be Director of the Center for International Studies. Married to Khadijat "Kubby" Rashid (q.v.), also deaf and a Gallaudet University professor.