NAPA Annual Meeting
NAPA Group Dinner (Optional)
7:30 pm at Papagayo Mexican Kitchen
9am-10am NAPA Business Meeting
10am-5pm NAPA Program
9am-12pm Breakfast and Closing
Please use the hashtag, #NAPAAM2016, to share your learning points and memorable adventures during the weekend!
From a Sanskrit word defined as “one from our country,” the Desi initiative seeks to elevate and raise the voice of our South Asian member organizations. With several South Asian organizations within NAPA, we hope to foster continued growth and advocacy for South Asian issues and community.
The purpose of the LGBTQ Initiative is to promote inclusion of the LGBTQ community within our chapters and in the fraternal movement. We aim to raise awareness and celebrate the experiences of our LGBTQ-identified members, and develop best practices and identify resources to support them as active & alumni/ae members. This initiative is important to NAPA as we grow and learn more about our diverse membership and the world where we live. We’re committed to being a safe and brave space for our LGBTQ members.
NAPA has launched #OutandGreek to support and advocate for the needs of our members that identify as queer or questioning. We have spotlighted alumni, shared their stories, and hosted two panel discussion webinars. Questions that we explored have included coming out, experiences as an out member, creating inclusion and education for LGBTQ members and potential new members. Check out our first and second webinar!
NAPA is partnering with APIA Vote to turn out the vote for the 2016 US Presidential Elections. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and college youth have the lowest voter turnout rate in the nation. NAPA intends to outreach and engage our membership to host voter registration drives, workshops, and phone bank with their peers to turn out the vote.
The National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Association seeks to promote the awareness and prevention of domestic/dating violence both at home and on campus by arming college students across campuses with information, action, and resources particularly intersected with concerns and issues that affect people of color. This project ties in with both the recent tragedy of Sunny Kim (Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.) and Domestic Violence Month in October.
The National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Association states its position, in support of constructive educational and inspirational programs, and has asserted unequivocally its opposition to hazing and pre-initiation activities which do not contribute to the positive development and welfare of pledges/associates and members.
The National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Association (NAPA) and the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) and Active Minds have partnered to bring mental health education and awareness to Asian and Asian-American students on college campuses. Through the Friends DO Make a Difference initiative, collegiate chapters of NAPA will have access to programming and resources to promote mental health, reduce stigma, and encourage help-seeking in a community that may face cultural and language barriers when accessing treatment. The campaign includes materials with imagery and messaging targeting the APIA student audience. Posters and flyers have APIA faces on them. Compact mirrors, stress balls, and other materials are chosen because of their symbolism with mental health issues associated with the APIA community. Each provides contact information for those seeking help. Upon completion of mental health training and programming, chapters will be recognized with a Friends DO Make a Difference Seal of Distinction.
Unique and Diverse Membership
NAPA fraternities and sororities are made up of individuals with an interest in Asian cultures. Members can potentially be from several different ethnic backgrounds: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, Pakistani, Filipino, etc., as well as any other ethnicity, provided the member shares an interest in the Asian cultures. These groups do not share a common language, religion, or arguably a common culture, yet they unite together into one cohesive organization. While each of these organizations is distinctly unique, they have each been founded upon the basic principles of lifelong friendships, leadership, scholastic achievement, cultural awareness, and community service.
NAPA Fraternity and Sorority Members’ Disconnect with the Campus Community and the Fraternity/Sorority Life Office
According to Hayward (2008), among over 1,100 APIA fraternity and sorority members surveyed about various aspects of their experience, 38% responded that their fraternity/sorority life office knew “almost nothing” about Asian fraternities and sororities, and 75% responded that the fraternity/sorority life office cared only “a little” or “not at all” about Asian fraternities and sororities (p. 14). Having an open line of communication and building a relationship of trust and support will be an advisor’s best assets to help strengthen NAPA groups on campus. Regular meetings with NAPA groups will show that the campus administration supports their contributions to the campus community.
NAPA fraternity and sorority members have great pride in their commitment to their organization as well as the strong bonds they have with brothers and sisters in the Asian fraternity/sorority community, not only at their local campus, but across the geographic region. According to additional raw data from Hayward’s (2008) survey, respondents indicated that 51% of their chapters visit fellow chapters on other campuses 2-4 times a semester, and 49% visit other campuses with Asian fraternities and sororities other than their own 2-4 times a semester (p. 9). This may lead to concerns about potential over-programming. It is not uncommon for chapters to have 3-5 scheduled events per week. It is also not uncommon for chapter members to drive hundreds of miles to support other chapters’ events, oftentimes attempting to return home late at night, creating a potential safety issue.
Beneficial Forms/Documents for Professionals and Volunteers
Familiarity and access to the following forms and documents will be helpful in the advisor’s efforts to support NAPA organizations:
- Organization’s contact information
- Organization’s local and national constitution and by-laws
- New member education program
- Anti-hazing policy
- Risk management policy
- Judicial/Standards policy
- National awards
- Advisor manuals
The following policies, procedures, or developmental models are useful or beneficial to the success of a chapter on a college/university campus:
- Chapter academic reports
- Campus awards received by chapters
- Awards of excellence programs
- Guide to starting a chapter
- Understanding of an organization’s history/traditions
We are excited to invite you to NAPA’s new online career development and mentoring community!
The National APIA Panhellenic Association’s new private online community is designed to support the professional and entrepreneurial development of our students and alumni through the connection of our members.
The VineUp community is our fantastic new resource full of international careers and information, including access to more than 8,000,000 employment opportunities from around the world. Included are jobs and internships provided by our administrators, fellow graduates, and our partners. We would also like to invite you to post job vacancies and internships to our community free of charge. All job postings are updated daily, giving you up-to-date, country-specific career development advice and services.
The community is designed to support the sharing of skills and foster an environment that encourages mentoring relationships within our alumni and also between our students and alumni. Within the community we are hoping to connect our brightest students with alumni like yourself, that may be able to spare a few minutes a month to share advice and tips online or in-person. Choosing to share your knowledge with our student members and fellow alumni will help to provide our future world leaders with the best start that we could possibly wish for them.
NAPA is partnering with organizations to prioritize initiatives that encompass some of the most pressing issues for our students and community. These initiatives include: mental health, the intersection of LGBTQ and Asian American identities, and civic/voter engagement. To engage in these initiatives, please reach out to respective project leads.
NAPA has identified three topics that will be the focus of our work groups. Based on feedback and the needs of our organizations, these include: domestic violence, Desi initiatives and the South Asian voice, and hazing prevention. Please reach out to respective project leads if you want to more information.