This November, ICHAD continued its tradition of fostering unity and cultural diversity, this time at the welcoming home of Dr. Mitra Naseh, Associate Professor and ICHAD-affiliated faculty. The occasion was not just a gathering; it was a celebration of gratitude in the Thanksgiving month.
Dr. Mitra and her husband, Majid, graciously opened their doors to the ICHAD community, offering a warm atmosphere and a feast that showcased the richness of Persian cuisine. The menu featured an array of delights, with Adas Polo taking center stage – a flavorful combination of rice, lentils, and beef meatballs, seasoned with turmeric. Raisins on the side added a sweet touch, enhancing the culinary experience. Saffron Chicken, served with saffron rice and optionally accompanied by barberries, was another culinary highlight. The meal was a true fusion of flavors, symbolizing the diverse backgrounds and cultures within the ICHAD community. As attendees gathered around the table, the aroma of Persian spices filled the air, creating an ambiance of warmth and camaraderie. The event served not only as a gastronomic delight but also as a platform for meaningful connections and the forging of new friendships.
In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, gratitude was expressed for the hospitality of Dr. Mitra and Majid. Their generosity in sharing their home and culture contributed to the sense of unity that ICHAD values. We also took time off to celebrate the milestones of some members including our Data and Study Coordinator Vicent Ssentumbwe who successfully got admitted into the Computation and Data Science PhD program at McKelvey School of Engineering. As the evening unfolded, conversations flowed seamlessly, weaving a tapestry of shared experiences and aspirations. The atmosphere was one of gratitude not only for the delicious food but also for the privilege of belonging to a community that values inclusivity and cultural exchange as remarked by Dr. Fred Ssewamala in his address.