For Immediate Release Anaheim, CA—The National APIDA Panhellenic Association hosted its annual Standards of Excellence Awards at the close of the 2019 Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting (AFAAM). “It’s exciting to see so many amazing accomplishments from our organizations and members,” says NAPA Chair Hannah Seoh. “For us it’s a great way to close out the Annual Meeting in community and celebration of our community.” 2019 Award Recipients Individual Recognition Advisor of the Year: Sheri Stevens, University at Albany Lambda Phi Epsilon Change Agent of the Year: Arati Bhattacharya Saha (ΔΚΔ) Professional of the Year: Aparna Divaraniya (ΔΚΔ) Undergraduate of the Year: Alyssa Ledesma (ΔΦΩ) Volunteer of the Year: Bilal Badruddin (ΔΕΨ) Local Chapter Recognition Outstanding Cultural Programming: Rutgers University Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. Outstanding Educational Programming: University of Nebraska–Lincoln Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Inc. Outstanding Philanthropic Programming: University of Illinois at Chicago Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity, Inc. Outstanding Recruitment Programming: Rochester Institute of Technology Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Inc. Outstanding University Council: University of Central Florida Diversified Greek Council National Recognition Alumni Initiative of the Year: alpha Kappa Delta Phi Alumnae Association Foundation of the Year: alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Foundation Publication of the Year: Alpha Phi Gamma F.Y.I. Newsletter Social Media Campaign of the Year: Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity, Inc. “Woman’s History Month” Campaign Collaboration of the Year: University of Nebraska–Lincoln Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Inc. APIDA Heritage Week “I am continually blown away by the dedication and commitment of individuals and organizations within NAPA to elevate the standards of excellence for APIDA Greeks and create representation within the larger community,” says NAPA Treasurer Pujitha Kallakuri. “I am proud to see the sheer number of exemplary individuals and organizations.” 2019 Award Judges The 2019 application cycle received 70 submissions reviewed by 12 judges across a mix of student affairs, fraternity/sorority headquarters, and corporate professional backgrounds. Individual Recognition Award Judges Bisma Gowani, Vice President Internal, Kappa Phi Gamma National Sorority, Inc. Wanda Johnson, Alumna, Zeta Phi Beta National Sorority, Inc. Priyanka Mehta, Alumna, Delta Phi Omega National Sorority, Inc. Huong Truong, Graduate Assistant, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Missouri Local Recognition Award Judges Allison Chanthavong, Vice President External, Alpha Phi Gamma National Sorority, Inc. Mat Greer, Coordinator, Coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Life, Office of Student Activities at Temple University Kody Guedes, Graduate Resident Director at Salem State University Erika Rivera, Alumna, Gamma Alpha Omega National Sorority, Inc. National Recognition Award Judges Di’Monique George, Associate Director, Rochester Institute of Technology Associate Director for Student Engagement Marie Hinds, National President, Lambda Tau Omega National Sorority, Inc. Sharon Strange Lewis, Alumna, Alpha Kappa Alpha National Sorority, Inc. Travis Roberts, Assistant Director, American University Fraternity & Sorority Life “These are all exceptionally talented, selfless individuals that set great examples for their respective chapters and organizations,” says Wanda Johnson of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. “It was very interesting getting to review organizations efforts from another council, as a Latino Greek it was actually very eye-opening and very enjoyable too see other Greeks of color really do some amazing work in the country,” says Kody Guedes of Lambda Sigma Upsilon Fraternity, Inc. “I took great pride in being allowed to review the work that is being done. Everyone has worked extremely hard and the passion is showing continue to strive for greatness and continue to make a difference in the world!” ### About NAPA NAPA organizations set the gold standard for Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) fraternities and sororities. In addition to meeting the association’s base standards, NAPA member organizations are exposed to resources and expertise to help them continually improve and be the best they can be. Universities, Greek Councils, and students want the best APIDA fraternities and sororities on campus and they can find them in NAPA. Contact Hannah Seoh, Chair National APIDA Panhellenic Association firstname.lastname@example.org Welcome to NAPA
For Immediate Release NAPA announces the election results of Bilal Badruddin as its Chair-Elect and Trang Bui as its Secretary-Elect. Badruddin previously served NAPA in various roles including Lead of Desi Initiatives, Direction of Operations and Programming, and most recently as Vice Chair. Bui begins her term as a first-year officer for the NAPA Board. Badruddin is a Summer 2008 initiate of Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity, Inc. at Temple University. “I am honored to serve NAPA in this capacity. When I first began volunteering for NAPA, I hoped to one day become Chair, and I am elated that the time is now.” says Badruddin. He adds, “As NAPA approaches its quindecennial it is imperative that we reflect on its 15-year history, advocate for member organizations, and collaborate with campus-based professionals, in order to effectively support the growth of NAPA, its member organizations, and APIDA Greek Life.” In addition to his role on NAPA Board, Bilal is pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies at Howard University, where he also serves as the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations. Bilal brings a unique perspective to the role of Chair, as he has also worked as a campus-based fraternity and sorority advisor and volunteered as the National President of Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity, Inc. Bui is a Fall 2013 initiate of Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. at Wichita State University. “I am delighted and honored to serve NAPA as a first-year officer. It has always been a goal of mine to be involved with this organization and collaborate with other Greek leaders around the nation. I am excited to continue the work that has been done before me and I am dedicated to creating a space that encourages unity among our member organizations.” says Bui. She adds, “NAPA provides a platform for APIDA fraternal members to connect and be change agents in the community. I am elated to see what the future holds for us.” Bui is currently a graduate student in the Educational Psychology—Higher Education/Student Affairs program at Wichita State University, where she also works as a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Success. According to current NAPA Chair, Hannah Seoh, “I’m very proud to see the growth that NAPA has had over the last decade. To continue to have leadership that is representing the field of higher education is very exciting and lets me know that the future of NAPA is in good hands. I look forward to seeing continued growth and progress for the APIDA community and our contributions to fraternity and sorority life in the years to come.” Both Badruddin and Bui are both inducted members of the Order of Omega. Their newest term on the NAPA Executive Board begins at the conclusion of the NAPA Annual Meeting—held in conjunction with the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting—scheduled on December 7th, 2019 at Anaheim, California. ### About NAPA NAPA organizations set the gold standard for Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) fraternities and sororities. In addition to meeting the association’s base standards, NAPA member organizations are exposed to resources and expertise to help them continually improve and be the best they can be. Universities, Greek Councils, and students want the best APIDA fraternities and sororities on campus and they can find them in NAPA. Contact Hannah Seoh, Chair National APIDA Panhellenic Association email@example.com Welcome to NAPA
In the latest edition of AFA Essentials, NAPA Chair Hannah Seoh and Past Chair Brian Gee describe the current landscape of risk management among NAPA fraternities and sororities. In June 2019, NAPA conducted an environmental survey to review each of the member organizations’ risk management policies and procedures. The survey covered items such as the content of the current risk management policy, as well as how each organization managed distribution and education of their policies. Based on this information, NAPA worked with Holmes Murphy Fraternal Practice to host a webinar in August 2019 to introduce the new Holmes Murphy risk management policy template and explain some of the history and background of the updates. As of September 2019, several NAPA member organizations have updated their policies based on the Holmes Murphy template. NAPA and Holmes Murphy are working with each of the groups to not only update their policies, but to explore various ways to improve their education and enforcement efforts. Read the full article online.
The NAPA Board opens the application cycle for the 2019 elections for Chair and Secretary positions. Get engaged to lead the APIDA fraternity community!
During the 2018 Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, NAPA unveiled its Speakers Bureau to an audience of student affairs professionals. This is the first time NAPA has released such a list, and the hope is that University advisors and member organizations will be able to take advantage of it immediately. “We know that representation matters, so we’ve taken care to curate a list of dynamic speakers that we feel will be able to get messages across to students,” says NAPA Chair, Hannah Seoh. “Sometimes a message is just better received from someone of similar identity and background.” The inaugural set of speakers encompass backgrounds in higher education, fraternity and sorority advising, nonprofit management, and industry. A wide portfolio of talking points include student conduct, mental health, career transitions, restorative justice, women empowerment, healthy masculinity, alumni relations, LGBTQ awareness, decolonization, multiculturalism, and leadership assessment. “The NAPA Speakers Bureau exemplifies NAPA’s commitment to being a resource to Fraternity and Sorority Advisors,” says NAPA Vice Chair Bilal Badruddin. “The Speakers Bureau provides an opportunity for campuses to highlight the voices of NAPA-affiliated individuals while providing critical conversations for the entire fraternity and sorority community.” University officials may reach out and make arrangements with speakers individually on a campus by campus basis. Speakers are vetted by the NAPA Board and are selected for their longstanding advocacy for APIDA fraternities and sororities. “Having collective and unique stories that represent the Asian American fraternity and sorority experience is what NAPA strives to provide,” says NAPA Director of Research Vigor Lam. “I am so excited to provide speaking engagements to campuses that value the culturally-based fraternity and sorority experience, as well as values shared across the collegiate student experience.” A complete roster of speakers and their contact information is available on the NAPA website. ### About NAPA NAPA organizations set the gold standard for Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) fraternities and sororities. In addition to meeting the association’s base standards, NAPA member organizations are exposed to resources and expertise to help them continually improve and be the best they can be. Universities, Greek Councils, and students want the best APIDA fraternities and sororities on campus and they can find them in NAPA. Contact Hannah Seoh, Chair National APIDA Panhellenic Association firstname.lastname@example.org Welcome to NAPA
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NAPA is looking for volunteers to help with specific projects! Please see project descriptions below. We expect each role to be a minimum commitment of 3 months (February – April) but with freedom and flexibility to work around your own schedule. Resumes and interest form will be due January 25, 2019. Questions can be directed to email@example.com. Project ManagerNAPA seeks a meticulous and organized individual to help volunteers stay on task with their assigned projects. This individual would be responsible for setting deadlines, keeping track of progress, sending reminders to project leads, and ensuring accountability. PMP Certification is highly preferred. Webinar OrganizerNAPA seeks a motivated and ambitious individual to schedule and host regular webinars for our members. These webinars could be topic focused based on member organization needs or curated by the individual themselves. Experience in using webinar recording software is highly preferred. Policy and Procedures DocumenterNAPA seeks a logical, organized individual that enjoys writing to document and combine all of NAPA’s operational procedures into one place. This individual would also be responsible for making sure the Google Drive was properly organized so that all procedures are easily referenced. Experience in drafting/editing governing documents highly preferred. Social Media ManagerNAPA seeks a social media savvy individual to manage and curate content for NAPA’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts with the goal of increasing engagement. Experience in utilizing backend analytics highly preferred.
In the spirit of the holidays, NAPA invites everyone to share in its annual “12 Days of #NAPAUNITY” Photo Challenge! Starting today, tag #NAPAUNITY in photos with other fraternity and sorority members. Those who complete the entire photo challenge by December 30, 2018 will receive a social media shoutout from @NAPAHQ! Submissions from chapter and organization accounts are encouraged! Membership in a NAPA organization is not required to participate. Please repost and retweet to share the word! 🎄🌎 Previous “12 Days of #NAPAUNITY” Participants: 2017 Photo Challenge Champions 2016 Photo Challenge Champions
Indianapolis, IN—The National APIDA Panhellenic Association hosted its annual Standards of Excellence Awards at the close of the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting (AFAAM). “Our organizations and members work hard all year and this is our way of recognizing and acknowledging all of their accomplishments in front of their peers and advisors,” says NAPA Chair Hannah Seoh. “In our second year of presenting the awards we have seen an uptick in the number of applicants and we hope to see even more next year.” 2018 Award Recipients Individual Recognition Advisor of the Year: Michael Wiseman, Office of Fraternities and Sororities at University of Massachusetts Amherst Change Agent of the Year: Sagar Kaushik, Delta Epsilon Psi Professional of the Year: Amy Duong Kim, alpha Kappa Delta Phi Undergraduate of the Year: Anooshe Khan, Delta Kappa Delta Volunteer of the Year: Bryan Dosono, Lambda Phi Epsilon Local Chapter Recognition Outstanding Cultural Programming: Binghamton University Delta Phi Omega Outstanding Educational Programming: Cornell University alpha Kappa Delta Phi Outstanding Philanthropic Programming: University of Houston alpha Kappa Delta Phi Outstanding Recruitment Programming: University of Pennsylvania alpha Kappa Delta Phi Outstanding University Council: University of Illinois at Chicago’s Greeks of the Pan-Asian American Council (GPAAC) National Recognition Alumni Initiative of the Year: The Alpha Alpha Chapter of Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Incorporated at University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Alumnae Angel Fund Foundation of the Year: Delta Phi Lambda Foundation Publication of the Year: Delta Epsilon Psi Banquet Booklet, Vicennial Edition Social Media Campaign of the Year: University of Iowa alpha Kappa Delta Phi – @UIThroughMyEyes Collaboration of the Year: Be The Change 2018 “It’s inspiring to see the great work our organizations are doing, and how they continue to change the impact on individual campuses as well as nationally. NAPA continues to push our organizations to do better and innovate in ways that our organizations could not do alone,” says Delta Kappa Delta Sorority National Advisor Nandini Pillai. “These national recognition awards truly show how our organizations are making a large-scale impact and prospering as a whole.” 2018 Award Judges The 2018 application cycle received 73 submissions reviewed by 12 judges across a mix of student affairs, fraternity/sorority headquarters, and corporate professional backgrounds. Individual Recognition Award Judges Michelle Gee, Alumnae, Clemson Delta Phi Lambda Sorority Rula Othman, National President & Founder, Epsilon Alpha Sigma National Sorority Jaleesa Reed, National President, Delta Phi Lambda National Sorority Michelle Lebrias, Vice President, alpha Kappa Delta Phi National Alumnae Association Local Recognition Award Judges Aurusa Kabani, Enforcement Extern, National Collegiate Athletics Association Bilal Badruddin, Vice Chair-Elect, NAPA Executive Board Ruchir Dixit, External Vice President, Delta Epsilon Psi National Fraternity Victoria Yeow, Treasurer, alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority National Recognition Award Judges Tanya Arditi, Public Relations Coordinator, National Multicultural Greek Council Evan Ditty, Assistant Director for Training and Development, Fraternity and Sorority Life at The Pennsylvania State University Nandini Pillai, National Advisor, Delta Kappa Delta National Sorority Tracy Wang, National Vice President of Records, Delta Phi Lambda Sorority “On behalf of the National Multicultural Greek Council (NMGC), it’s a privilege to be able to read about the wonderful contributions and powerful impact that the NAPA organizations are making and having on their members, and in their campus and communities,” says NMGC Public Relations Coordinator Tanya Arditi. Celebrating Interfraternal Unity This year also marked the 20th anniversary of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO). Officers from NAPA attended their Awards Reception to commend the special milestone of the umbrella council. “As an interfraternal partner, we wish them continued success and look forward to continuing to partner and support their organizations and members,” says NAPA Vice Chair Vigor Lam. A social exchange with alumni from NALFO and NMGC took place shortly after the NAPA awards reception. “It’s truly affirming when three trade associations for culturally-based Greek-letter organizations get together,” says NAPA Vice Chair-Elect Bilal Badruddin. “The fellowship builds on the networks developed throughout the conference.” ### Photos from the NAPA Standards of Excellence Awards are available on NAPA’s Facebook page. About NAPA NAPA organizations set the gold standard for Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) fraternities and sororities. In addition to meeting the association’s base standards, NAPA member organizations are exposed to resources and expertise to help them continually improve and be the best they can be. Universities, Greek Councils, and students want the best APIDA fraternities and sororities on campus and they can find them in NAPA. Contact Hannah Seoh, Chair National APIDA Panhellenic Association firstname.lastname@example.org Welcome to NAPA
NAPA announces the election results of Bilal Badruddin as its new Vice Chair-Elect and Pujitha Kallakuri as its new Treasurer-Elect. The NAPA Executive Board now comprises half of its leadership from members from South Asian fraternal organizations, signifying increased representation from NAPA’s growing Desi American community. Badruddin is a summer 2008 initiate of Delta Epsilon Psi at Temple University. “My goals for NAPA, are that we empower our member organizations to act, and that we set the standard for fraternal trade-associations,” says Badruddin. “I believe that this goal can be achieved by meeting the expectations of our organizations, and then being proactive about how we support member organizations in the future.” In addition to his pursuing his doctoral studies in higher education leadership and policy, he currently serves as the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations at Howard University. Kallakuri is a Fall 2009 initiate of Delta Kappa Delta at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “I have had the privilege of seeing all of the organizations under the umbrella grow in tandem with NAPA over the last several years, and believe we are in an optimal position to take the mission and vision of NAPA to new heights by increasing visibility in the fraternal community through engagement and communication, both within and outside of our member organizations, and setting and achieving goals more assertively,” says Kallakuri . “A vital contributor to these goals will be NAPA’s financial health and investments. I understand that the allocation of resources is extremely important to our organizations, and want to make sure that not only are we in good financial standing, but that we are also using our resources to invest in our member organizations growth appropriately.” She currently works as the Regional Therapies Program Manager of the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center. According to NAPA Chair Hannah Seoh, “It is always exciting to see new leadership emerge, especially when our Directors move into Executive Board roles. I know that Bilal and Pujitha will bring their perspectives to further NAPA’s mission, and I’m looking forward to working with them in the next year.” Both Badruddin and Kallakuri have previously served as the National President of their respective fraternity and sorority. Their newest term on the NAPA Executive Board begins at the conclusion of the NAPA Annual Meeting, scheduled on December 1st, 2018 at Indianapolis, Indiana. ### About NAPA NAPA organizations set the gold standard for Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) fraternities and sororities. In addition to meeting the association’s base standards, NAPA member organizations are exposed to resources and expertise to help them continually improve and be the best they can be. Universities, Greek Councils, and students want the best APIDA fraternities and sororities on campus and they can find them in NAPA. Contact Hannah Seoh, Chair National APIDA Panhellenic Association email@example.com Welcome to NAPA