GLENDALE—The Armenian Revolutionary Federation ‘Shant’ Student Association provided a unique forum on April 1 that inspired Diaspora Armenians to making a meaningful contribution to their homeland. Hundreds flooded the Glendale Public Library to hear about Tebi Yergir: Making Repatriation a Reality and network with over fourteen organizations that facilitate that process.
“To see Diasporans wanting to engage and to learn more made me smile,” stated Tebi Yergir committee member Manuk Avedikyan. “The future of Armenia shines brighter when I see other people with the will to engage. I saw a dedicated group of Armenians who want to participate with Armenia not only through ideas but through actual work.”
The program featured two distinguished speakers who spoke about their experiences in Armenia. Entrepreneur Al Eisaian (whose current project is a Yoga and Meditation Retreat in the village of Aghtsk) gave examples of how individuals can be more involved and the need to build a new narrative of Armenia. Sara Anjargolian, a documentary photographer who has been involved in various projects in Armenia, walked event participants through her journey, her experiences and her relationship with Armenia.
The event concluded with a raffle drawing for a free one-way ticket to Armenia, generously sponsored by Harout Bronozian, host of the “Veratarts” Armenian TV program found on returntoarmenia.com.
“While globalization makes us all citizens of the world, cultural identity makes Armenia my capital. From the day I emigrated, there were thoughts about reconnecting, and perhaps I was unknowingly waiting for some sign. Winning the one-way ticket to Armenia was much more than a sign, it was the shortest and most direct instruction manual to an adventure that will doubtlessly be not only a detour, but a defining part of my life’s journey,” stated raffle prize winner Hayk Makhmuryan.
For more information and to keep up to date with ARF ‘Shant’ activities, please visit www.ARFShant.org.
ARF ‘Shant’ Student Association’s mission is to assist existing Armenian Student Associations in universities by providing a platform for the study and promotion of all things Armenian on campus. Furthermore, we strive to mobilize the community at large in furthering the Armenian Cause through political, academic and intellectual means. Our work is also geared towards building strong ties of solidarity with organizations and activists in Armenia in order to achieve genuine freedom and democracy.