New Club Aims to Promote Lebanese Culture

April 14, 2017

New Club Aims to Promote Lebanese Culture

New Club Aims to Promote Lebanese Culture  

Bachar Al Hady, BSME ’18, is the president of Wentworth’s Lebanese Club, a new student organization that hopes to connect students and introduce them to Lebanese culture. The club meets every other Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the Wentworth Alumni Association conference room (Beatty 103).

Fresh off traveling to Philadelphia for the Lebanese Collegiate Conference, Al Hady talked about his new group.

Q: How was the club founded?

A: I’m from Lebanon and I moved to Boston last year. I was really homesick and trying to find other Lebanese people. By the end of last year, I had met around 20 other Lebanese students and I started to push to get a club for all of us. We agreed on the mission statement that our club is here to promote Lebanese culture within Wentworth and in the greater Boston area.

Q: How did you first hear about the Lebanese Collegiate Conference?

A: I was trying to find an organization that advises, supports, or donates to clubs based around the Lebanese community. A lot of culture clubs have outside groups that back them. The Saudi Arabian Culture Association (SACA) is backed by the Saudi Arabian embassy. I kept hearing from friends at BU, Northeastern, and MIT that their school’s Lebanese clubs had received help from something called the “LCN,” which I found out is the Lebanese Collegiate Network. They seemed to be trying to recruit as many groups as they could from around the country. That gave us the chance to register and go to the conference in Philadelphia.

Q: How many people from Wentworth attended the conference?

A: My plan was to take the whole e-board, but the treasurer of the club was unable to go, so we took a previous e-board member. The e-board consists of five people: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and the member at large.

Q: What was the conference like?

A: I attended a meeting for Lebanese organization presidents where we outlined our goals and how we would connect with each other. Then we split into regional divisions to meet with Lebanese organizations near our home locations.

The conference featured people in the Lebanese community and beyond who have a level of perspective about the community. There were great speakers and workshops with topics including immigration under President Trump, building a strong foundation for a start-up organization, and how oil findings could change Lebanon as a country.

Q: What are your future plans?

A:  It’s been hard, as a new club, to get the word out and get the ball rolling on events. Luckily, we are getting a budget on July 1, which will be a huge help. My goal for next year is to have a solid e-board and a solid membership, a big group that can make everything we dream of a reality on campus.

Q: What would you say to someone looking to join the club?

A: Come and see how dedicated we are to the culture and how much fun we have at our club meetings. We are like a huge family. We go out for bowling nights, hang out at people’s houses, help each other with work. It’s like gaining a ton of friends at once.

And you don’t have to be Lebanese to join. This club is for people who have an interest in Lebanese culture, and we welcome anyone and everyone with open arms.

--A.J. Martin

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