NEW YORK – The National Hellenic Student Association (NHSA) of North America prepares to convene several of the Hellenic diaspora’s prominent leaders and educators at its 2021 Spring Virtual Convention April 16-17.
Featuring the theme Reflecting on our Past, Building our Future, the two-day virtual convention will provide Hellenic community leaders a platform to discuss various topics, including student wellbeing during the pandemic, academic scholarship opportunities, and the bicentennial of the Hellenic War of Independence.
“In the midst of Greece’s bicentennial, we are thrilled to hold our second virtual conference,” said NHSA Vice President and Convention Chair Georgios Araujo. “This is a great opportunity for students to learn tips for academic and personal success all while rejoicing in Greece’s vibrant history.”
“We will also expand on health and wellbeing, a topic that has never been more relevant than today,” said NHSA President Fotis Karantonis. The weekend will begin on Friday, April 16th at 10:00 pm EST with NHSA’s “Virtual Greek Night” event, featuring entertainment by DJ Serafim. The convention will continue on Saturday, April 17 with its conference from 12:00 PM to 2:15 PM EST.
Saturday’s conference will include student resource and wellness panel discussions, featuring speakers from the Ariston Foundation, licensed mental health counselor Artemis Kohas, and Yia Mas founder, Kristina Maria Headrick among others.
“This convention takes place during a time when students are tasked with professional development in the face of very new realities. Simultaneously, we rejoice in the bicentennial of Greece’s liberation,” Karantonis said. “Our conference will inspire us to reflect on our past, with the goal of building our future.”
The NHSA Spring 2021 convention will be the organization’s second digital convention to date, among other initiatives and events held online. “We have learned from the past year, thus, increasing the number of our virtual events with the goal of connecting our members and guiding them,” Karantonis said. “We continue to keep offering scholarship and internship opportunities, while also doing our absolute best to keep giving back to charitable causes.”
For the rest of the year, NHSA will keep paying tribute in a variety of ways to the Greek War of Independence bicentennial, Karantonis said. “We are working hard to bring back our annual Beach Clean Up in Greece for this summer and are also excited for our very much anticipated return to Canada with our Toronto Convention that we hope will be held this Fall,” he said.