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
The NAPA Board announces the 2018 elections for Vice Chair and Treasurer open. All applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for candidacy: Must be a member of a current NAPA member organization. Must be an alumna/alumnus in good standing, preferably a member who is 4 years post graduation. Responsibilities The Vice Chair closely with the Executive Board on strategic planning of NAPA and the advancement of the AAGLO fraternal movement. A successful Vice Chair will maintain strong communications with the Past Chair, Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Staff Directors, our membership organizations, and other stakeholders. Duties and Responsibilities Sets the strategic direction of NAPA with Executive Board Presides over NAPA Board meetings if Chair is unable to attend meeting Sets the strategic direction of NAPA with Executive Board Spearhead leadership pipeline Lead Presidents Academy Review expansion applications with board and provide feedback Keep organized, detailed records of all projects and documents Develop initiatives as needed Maintain relationships with higher education associations/community (ad-hoc) Oversees AAGLO Research Initiatives (ad-hoc) Required Skills 3+ years in the NAPA affiliated organization Alumni status in member organization Prior NAPA board appointment and service Preferred Skills 4+ years of volunteer board experience on National Board and/or related nonprofit and community organization The Treasurer works closely with the Executive Board on strategic planning of NAPA and the advancement of the AAGLO fraternal movement. The Treasurer maintains the NAPA budget, maintains non-profit status, and provides development opportunities for NAPA. A successful Treasurer will maintain strong communications with the Past Chair, Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Staff Directors, our membership organizations, and other stakeholders. Duties and Responsibilities Sets the strategic direction of NAPA with Executive Board Oversee and manage NAPA finances Develop and release a (bi)annual internal and public annual report Work closely with Board develop an annual budget for the association Help maintain 501(c)4 status and appropriate documents Work closely with Chair develop an annual budget for the association Develop and work with NAPA staff to release a (bi)annual internal and public annual report Keep organized, detailed records of all finance documents, projects, and documents Develop initiatives as needed Required Skills 3+ years in the NAPA affiliated organization Alumni status in member organization Experience in accounting and/or finance Preferred Skills 4+ years of volunteer board experience on National Board and/or related nonprofit and community organization Professional experience in banking, finance, accounting CPA credential Required Meetings Monthly NAPA remote conference calls with member organizations Monthly NAPA Board remote conference calls Attendance at two NAPA Board Meetings (April and October) Attendance at Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) Annual Meeting in December Application Materials Submit applications via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, August 31st Completion of the Online Application: https://goo.gl/forms/JUMajsoBlpfQWThv2 Resume or Curriculum Vitae (academic, work, and involvement history) Professional Headshot The elected officers will begin their two-year terms in October. Both positions are volunteer positions with expected 10-15 hours of service per month. Candidates are expected to attend and participate in a Q&A session that will be held during NAPA’s conference call on Sunday, Sept. 9. More information will follow after the application period.