Her lecture resonated with attendees because she demonstrated how perseverance and passion (through education) can benefit the Armenian people in areas that are largely lacking resources and awareness in our culture.
At this point in the afternoon, participants were involved in an activity that involved writing down any initial thoughts or views that they have regarding the ARF.
Following a brief break, Kim Hekimian of New Jersey talked about women in the ARF and her work in Armenia, which centered around maternal and child health and nutrition.
Hekimian, who currently teaches at Columbia University, was asked to address how one connects her passion to her homeland, a perfect fit considering her research focused on infant feeding practices, breastfeeding, and nutrition during pregnancy.
ARF Educational Weekend always seeks to be informative for the AYF members in attendance.
This activity helped fuel a productive open discussion for the rest of the day, with input from the Central Executive and other ARF members in attendance.
Her dissertation involved conducting the first national survey of infant nutrition practices in Armenia at the time, which led to a nation-wide breastfeeding promotion program.
After this program, breastfeeding rates tripled and post-neonatal mortality declined in Armenia.
He addressed the early years, the Armenian Genocide, the 50th anniversary, political controversies, and major shifts in the party.
He broke down the information in a useful way that prompted questions from attendees, especially with regard to ARF hierarchy and crucial decisions through the party’s 125 years.