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The club’s general meeting on Tuesday included a Kahoot game, pierogi and Polish cookies called Delicje.
A new student organization focused on Polish culture will celebrate traditional cuisine, music and history at events such as sponsored dinners, embassy visits and general assemblies.
The Polish Culture Club, which was founded with 16 members earlier this semester, plans to host a Polish dinner at The Eatery at Pelham Commons, visit the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and hold viewing parties of football matches. The organization held its first general meeting on Tuesday, where students said the club would provide a venue to share what they love about Polish traditions, such as food, language and music, with the GW campus in its together.
The club meeting included Polish pierogi and cookies called Delicje, a Kahoot with Polish trivia, and Polish disco music as students walked in and out of the university’s student center hall. Senior Savannah Gajda, the club’s founder, said she asked the Office of Student Life to recognize the student organization last semester after coming up with the idea for a club that could celebrate Polish culture when it came to GW during her freshman year. year.
“I’m extremely proud that all of these amazing people have come together tonight and that we can celebrate Polish culture here at GW and foster community where we can truly recognize this incredible heritage and share our traditions, our cultures with everyone.” , she said in an interview at the club’s general meeting on Tuesday.
Gajda said the club will be serving a Polish dinner at an event with GW Dining later this spring, and she suggested the staff provide some of her favorite childhood dishes like bigos, pierogi, gołąbki and pączki. She said the club are in the early stages of planning for the Polish Embassy to visit and host a watch party with members for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
“Our main goal is to foster the student community on campus, especially for international students from Poland, who have Polish roots and for those who want to learn more about culture and who love Polish culture”, a- she declared. “This club is for anyone who is interested in Poland and/or has a connection to Poland.”
Junior Olivia Dul, the club’s vice president of outreach, said she works on social media platforms, like the club’s. instagramto promote student organization with ideas like “Polish Word Wednesdays”, which highlight a different Polish word each week.
The organization chose the word for this Wednesday – Środa Popielcowa, which means “Ash Wednesday” – in honor of the first day of Lent, a season of Christian religious observance and fasting.
Dul, who comes from a Polish family, said becoming a member of the organization allowed her to connect with her Polish culture at GW after missing her community back home.
“I’m part of a really strong community back home, and so once I came back to the GW campus, that was something I really missed,” she said. “And all the food I brought from my home in DC, when it ran out, I had nowhere to go to really connect with my Polish culture.”
Blaze Grabowski, a freshman and member of the club, said he joined immediately after hearing about the student organization on Instagram to find a way to become more involved with his Polish culture while away. from his home, where his family participates in Polish traditions.
“I am proud of my Polish heritage,” he said. “I don’t speak Polish, but there have always been things my family has done, and we’re definitely a very Polish family. And I wanted to get involved in school, and I saw the program and I was like, ‘Oh, this is going to be awesome.’
He said he looked forward to meeting Polish students on campus and other students interested in Polish culture.
“What I’m really looking forward to is meeting other Poles on campus and where people are interested in Polish culture – just connecting with other people in the program and learning more on Poland,” he said.
Henry Huvos contributed reporting.