A delegation of European Humanities University (EHU) faculty, students, and administrators met with representatives of the Belarusian American Association at the Belarusian Civic Hall in New York City.
Participants in the roundtable discussion included Dr. Vitaut Kipel, president of the New York-based Belarusian Institute of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Alla O. Romano, president of the Orsa Romano Foundation, which provides scholarships to students interested in Belarusian studies at EHU. The EHU delegation included Vice-Rector for Development and Communication Dr. Darius Udrys, Political Science Lecturer Tatsiana Chulitskaya, EHU alum and development staff member Olga Romanenko, EHU law student Maryia Sliaptsova, and Senior Advisor Nancy Roth Remington. Participants discussed how Belarusian identity could be strengthened among young Belarusians, particularly at EHU, how young Belarusians feel about their Belarusian identity, and how they see the situation in Belarus today.
Members of the Belarusian diaspora encouraged EHU to do more to promote a sense of Belarusian identity among students and faculty, and to revitalize and strengthen Belarusian studies. Ideas about promoting understanding and appreciation for Belarusian history and culture and increasing the use of the Belarusian language were discussed. The roundtable discussion was part of an ongoing dialog between EHU and Belarusian-Americans initiated in 2012. Belarusian diaspora representatives donated a collection of Belarusian books and dictionaries to EHU's library. The EHU delegation also enjoyed a special excursion around the Cathedral of St. Cyril of Turau (the Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church that is located in Brooklyn). The Belarusian American Association was founded in 1949 and registered in New York State in 1950. Its goal is to preserve Belarusian national identity and culture among Belarusians in the United States.