The March 2018 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is now available online. The article “Multicultural Fraternities, Sororities Offer Communities of Support for Students Traditionally Excluded from Greek Life”, featuring NAPA, is on page 36. For those already familiar with their cultural background or who come from communities where everyone shares their ethnicity, these types of Greek organizations can “provide a safe space where [they] are free to be themselves and celebrate their culture and heritage,” says Vigor Lam, vice chair of the National Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Panhellenic Association (NAPA). NAPA’s fraternities and sororities encompass a wide range of ethnicities and interests-from Delta Kappa Delta, an Asian-interest service sorority, to Delta Sigma Iota, a fraternity for South Asian men who seek to live by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. While each organization has its own unique membership focus and values, they all share the common goal to advocate for the inclusion, representation, and rights of Asian Americans on college campuses and in the broader community.
NASHVILLE—Officials from the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO), National APIDA Panhellenic Association (NAPA), National Multicultural Greek Council (NMGC), North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), and Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA), issue the following statements in response to legislation introduced in the Tennessee House of Representatives by Rep. John Deberry (D) that would ban fraternal organizations from state colleges and universities. Joint Statement from Represented Interfraternal Organizations “One million undergraduate students and 10 million alumni have found great value through their fraternities and sororities—including tens of thousands of students at Tennessee universities, which provide opportunities for personal growth, foster local hands-on service and philanthropic contributions, and build communities of support for young men and women. While colleges and universities are facing critical challenges, fraternities and sororities are actively partnering with campuses to implement measures to enhance health and safety, and we invite true collaboration and dialogue with public officials as we focus on solutions. Representative DeBerry’s legislation would sever the partnership between Tennessee colleges and universities and the fraternities and sororities on their campuses. It is a misguided approach that has not only failed to garner a Senate companion, but won’t solve deeply-rooted campus culture issues and would likely make them worse. Together, as interfraternal organizations, we call on Rep. DeBerry to withdraw his bill, which if implemented, would have a chilling effect on a student’s basic constitutional rights of freedom of expression and association.” ____ Dani Weatherford, Executive Director of the National Panhellenic Conference “From leading programs to combat sexual violence to volunteering as mentors to empower future female leaders, sorority women are consistently among the most active members of our campus communities. They’re committed students at the forefront of some of the most pressing challenges facing women today. This disappointing and short-sighted piece of legislation not only attacks basic student rights, but turns a blind eye to the contributions made by more than 10,000 sorority women on 16 campuses and by thousands of sorority alumnae in countless communities across the Volunteer State.” Francisco Lugo, President of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations “Our organizations provide a powerful experience for underrepresented students on campuses. Allowing this legislation to move forward would greatly impact the ability for state schools to continue to provide a diverse, inclusive and equitable environment on their campuses.” Vigor Lam, Vice Chair of the National APIDA Panhellenic Association “NAPA believes in the mission and values of our association and the fraternal experience. With the past 2016 House bill proposing to divert UT’s diversity funding, our organizations are more important than ever to advocate for and to be a strong voice for the Asian American identity and issues, as well as the fraternity and sorority experience.” Victoria Valdez, President of the National Multicultural Greek Council “Multicultural fraternities and sororities like those in the National Multicultural Greek Council are integral to the lives of the students who find safety and community in their organizations, particularly those who face the daily trauma of existing as students of color or other underrepresented communities. We stand firmly against hazing, but believe banning Greek-letter organizations and their activities will hurt those students, who are committed to the promotion of multiculturalism, scholarship, leadership, diversity, and advocating for justice on their campus and in their communities. It would also push hazing and other dangerous behaviors underground, potentially harming those it seeks to protect.” Judson Horras, President & CEO of the North-American Interfraternity Conference “The way to bring out the best in young men is to utilize brotherhood to mentor, inspire, and hold them accountable to shared standards—not to limit their basic constitutional rights. Fraternities acknowledge the challenges in college communities and remain committed to working with our trusted higher education partners in Tennessee to improve campus culture.” Lynda Wiley, Executive Director of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors “Prohibiting public universities from recognizing fraternities and sororities does a huge disservice to the overwhelming number of students that have a positive membership experience. Doing so does not solve systemic problems of alcohol abuse, sexual assault or hazing that occur within the college community or broader society. On the contrary, strong university recognition, which includes employing trained professionals that work with fraternities and sororities, is key in educating students and preventing problems from occurring in the first place.” # # # About the National Panhellenic Conference NPC is the umbrella organization specifically charged with advocating on behalf of the sorority experience. It is comprised of 26 national and international sororities that are autonomous social organizations. Collectively, NPC sororities are located on more than 670 campuses with approximately 418,000 undergraduate members and nearly 5 million alumnae. About the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations The National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, Inc., (NALFO) is an “umbrella” coalition established in 1998 to promote and foster positive interfraternal relations, communication, and development of all Latino fraternal organizations through mutual respect, leadership, honesty, professionalism and education. About the National APIDA Panhellenic Association 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. About the National Multicultural Greek Council The National Multicultural Greek Council (NMGC) is an umbrella council for a coalition of Multicultural Greek-Letter Organizations (MGLOs). Established in 1998, the NMGC’s mission is to promote multiculturalism by advocating for justice and equity, cultivating interfraternal relationships, and empowering its member organizations. About the North-American Interfraternity Conference The NIC is the trade association that represents a diverse range of inter/national men’s fraternities. NIC’s 66 member organizations boast more than 6,100 chapters located on more than 800 campuses, with 385,000 undergraduate members and 4.2 million alumni. About the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Through programs, publications, networking opportunities and other resources, AFA represents the community of headquarters and campus-based fraternity and sorority advisors and is the leading voice in aligning the fraternity/sorority and higher education experiences.
In the span of 2 weeks, over 60 active Instagram accounts collectively generated more than 1,000 posts consisting of photos, videos, and animated GIFs that champion #NAPAUNITY in action! NAPA thanks the following fraternity/sorority headquarters and local chapters for completing the “12 Days of NAPA Unity Photo Challenge” on social media: @aphig_uic • @betachi_iu • @betachitheta99 • @cornellakdphi • @dallasdkd • @deltaepsilonpsi • @deltakappadelta • @deltaphilambda • @deltaphiomega98 • @deltasigmaiota • @depsi_ai • @depsi_ak • @depsi_al • @depsi_alphadelta • @depsi_beta • @depsi_bing • @depsi_iota • @depsi_lambda • @depsi_upsilon • @depsitau • @dkd_beta • @dkd_nyu • @dkd_umass • @dkd_unt • @dkdbaylor • @dkdtamu • @dkduic • @dpo_bing • @dpo_denton • @dpo_gamma • @dpo_lambda • @dpo_newark • @dpo_tau • @dpo_texastech • @dpo_ucf • @dpo_uconn • @dpo_umtc • @dpo.sigma • @dpoalpha • @dsialpha • @dsidelta • @gmuakdphi • @ind1994 • @kappaphigamma • @kpib_mizzou • @kpib_uic • @kusigmapsizeta • @lincolnlphie • @loyolalambdas • @ncsulphie • @niu_chisigs • @pdpsi_ucf • @pialphaphi1929 • @sigmasatuva • @syracuselambdas • @thejadetimes • @uconndphil • @unlsyz • @usf.pdpsi • @usf_akdphi • @usfkappas • @uvakdphi • @uwlambdas • @vtechakdphi • @wiakdphi_caa • @wichitasigmas • @wisconsinakdphi In the spirit of the holidays, NAPA invites everyone to participate 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, 2017 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! Swipe left to see last year's photo challenge champions! 🏆 A post shared by NAPAHQ (#NAPAUNITY) (@napahq) on Dec 12, 2017 at 12:16pm PST NAPA recommends following their Instagram feeds to see more NAPA unity in 2018!
NAPA announces the appointment of Cindy Loata as its new Director of Communications. In this role, Loata will serve as the point-of-contact for media inquiries and provide training for NAPA member organizations on public relations and social media best practices. “As a passionate leader with over ten years of experience in sales, I enjoy building relationships and helping others grow both professionally and personally,” says Loata. I have gained a deep appreciation and understanding with what individuals need to succeed. I have positively impacted those who I’ve connected and coached with and want to spend more time serving our community,” Loata is a Fall 2008 initiate of Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority at Rutgers University. She contributes over a decade’s worth of experience in sales, business development, and customer service with brands such as Estee Lauder, Mac Cosmetics, and L’Oreal. Envisioning a collaborative year ahead for NAPA, Loata aims “to increase involvement with undergraduates and alumni to improve civic engagement within our communities. You can only accomplish so much when you do things alone, but when you have the support from a group of peers, the magnitude of making a difference is beyond measurable.” According to NAPA Chair Hannah Seoh, “We are excited to have Cindy join the team. She will be able to bridge her professional experience with her passion for improving fraternal experiences in the APIDA community, and NAPA is lucky to have her.” ### 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 Atlanta, GA—The National APIDA Panhellenic Association hosted its inaugural Standards of Excellence Awards at the close of the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting (AFAAM). “This marks an important milestone for NAPA and we are very proud to be able to recognize those who contribute to making our community better,” says NAPA Chair Hannah Seoh. Having recently celebrated its 10th anniversary at the 2016 AFAAM, NAPA has doubled in size in just a decade. What started as an alliance of nine chartering constituent organizations flourished to a coalition of 18 APIDA fraternities and sororities. Congratulations to the following award recipients! Individual Recognition Change Agent of the Year: Sagar Shah, Delta Epsilon Psi Professional of the Year: Victoria Lee, alpha Kappa Delta Phi Advisor of the Year: Huey Hsiao, Campus Advisor for Syracuse University Lambda Phi Epsilon NAPA Volunteer of the Year: Teri Chung, Kappa Phi Lambda Undergraduate of the Year: Aakash Trivedi, Delta Epsilon Psi Local Chapter Recognition Outstanding University Council: Multicultural Greek Council at University of Alabama at Birmingham Outstanding Philanthropic Programming: University of Florida alpha Kappa Delta Phi Outstanding Educational Programming: Syracuse University Lambda Phi Epsilon Outstanding Cultural Programming: Cornell University alpha Kappa Delta Phi National Recognition Alumni Initiative of the Year: alpha Kappa Delta Phi National Alumnae Association – aKDFit Virtual 5K Social Media Campaign of the Year: Delta Kappa Delta – #BubblesForOmran Collaboration of the Year: Delta Epsilon Psi & Delta Kappa Delta – National Convention The 2017 application cycle received 49 submissions reviewed by nine judges across a wide range of student affairs backgrounds. NAPA is grateful to have the support of volunteer reviewers that encompass a diverse range of student affairs perspectives. We thank them for their tireless service to the profession! #AFAAM #NAPAUNITY pic.twitter.com/mSJXX4AR3h — NAPA (@NAPAHQ) December 5, 2017 “It gives me immense pride to see the multitude of individuals who are dedicated to NAPA’s mission and am so impressed with all of their contributions, commitment, and innovation in serving our communities, says Delta Kappa Delta Sorority Past President Pujitha Kallakuri. “They truly deserve for their work to be acknowledged, and am excited to see how this will inspire more members.” “As a veteran student affairs professional, the talent, engagement, and dedication to living fraternal values shown by a number of the applications is impressive,” says Eastern Washington University Director for Budget and Administrative Services Samantha Armstrong Ash. “The world is a better place because these nominees are making a difference.” ### 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 Bryan Dosono NAPA Director of Membership email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 13, 2017 Fraternal ‘Umbrella’ Organizations Unanimously Support New Anti-Hazing Legislation Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., and Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio Introduce the Report and Educate About Campus Hazing (REACH) Act WASHINGTON — Officials from the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. (NPHC), National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO), National Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Panhellenic Association (NAPA), National Multicultural Greek Council (NMGC), and Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA), issued the following statements today endorsing anti-hazing legislation introduced by Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., and Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio. The Report and Educate About Campus Hazing (REACH) Act would require colleges and universities to disclose information about hazing on campus in their annual crime reports. It would also require any college or university that accepts federal funding to provide hazing prevention education to all students. This united support for the REACH Act comes from all the fraternal “umbrella” organizations, which collectively represent more than 140 fraternities and sororities, as well as the association that provides development to professionals who work with fraternities and sororities. Statement from the National Panhellenic Conference “Students have long had access to accurate and timely information about security issues on campus, and they deserve the same transparency about incidents of hazing,” said Dani Weatherford, NPC Executive Director, on behalf of the organization’s Board of Directors. “No single piece of legislation can eradicate hazing on campus, but it can ensure that students, administrators and parents have access to the tools and information they need to hold organizations and campuses accountable. The battle against hazing is not a problem for fraternities alone, but a call-to-action for all campus-based organizations – including the sorority community. We stand with elected leaders, campus officials and students nationwide as committed partners in this fight.” Statement from the North-American Interfraternity Conference “Research shows hazing prevention is best accomplished through comprehensive measures, including proactive education, transparency and accountability around standards,” said NIC President and CEO Judson Horras. “The North-American Interfraternity Conference backs the REACH Act because it focuses on these critical strategies. NIC member fraternities stand united in providing positive, hazing-free, meaningful rites of passage that strengthen and develop young men.” Statement from the National Pan-Hellenic Council “The Council of Presidents of the National Pan-Hellenic Council commends the bipartisan leadership of Rep. Pat Meehan and Rep. Marcia Fudge and supports the objectives of the REACH Act,” said Dr. Paulette C. Walker, Chair of the NPHC Council of Presidents and National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. “The organizations of the NPHC are resolute in the commitment to nurture the ideals of sisterhood and fraternalism and uphold the dignity and self-respect of all persons seeking membership in the respective organizations,” said Jennifer Jones, NPHC President. “Hazing is antithetical to this commitment. NPHC organizations collaborate with universities regarding hazing concerns and believe that university-sponsored hazing education and annual reporting of hazing incidents will be important tools in a more comprehensive and proactive approach to combat hazing.” Statement from the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations “Many of our members—first- and second-gen students—are sent to college by parents unfamiliar with the traditions that occur at some universities. Our students look for places of belonging and trust that universities are doing their best to prevent harm to their students,” said NALFO President Maria Diaz. “Through our shared standards and membership requirement for each organization to have clear anti-hazing policies, NALFO strives to assure that each student is able to participate in our organizations’ traditions in a safe and supportive way. The REACH Act will arm our students and parents with access to information that will help them make an informed decision on what institution to entrust with their well-being.” Statement from the National Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Panhellenic Association “NAPA strictly opposes hazing and any activities that do not contribute to the positive development and welfare of potential new members and initiated members,” said NAPA’s Executive Board. “In solidarity with our fellow umbrella organizations, we believe the REACH Act will support our commitment to empowering our member organizations to operate with the safety and sustainability of their members as a top priority.” Statement from the National Multicultural Greek Council “The National Multicultural Greek Council organizations each dedicate substantial time and resources to improving the lives of individuals and bettering their communities,” said NMGC President Jen Rencher. “Accordingly, a membership intake process that utilizes and/or condones acts of hazing is contrary to the mission and purpose of the NMGC and its Member Organizations. As such, we support the REACH Act for providing transparency about hazing incidents and education on how to combat it for the campus community.” Statement from the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors “Hazing on college campuses is a complex problem and addressing it requires a multi-faceted approach,” said Lynda Wiley, Executive Director of AFA. “A combination of information, education and accountability is necessary to eliminate this behavior. Including hazing information in Clery reporting will help students and parents as they ask important questions related to joining a variety of organizations, including fraternities and sororities. AFA is committed to continual professional education for our members and would provide training around implementation of the REACH Act if it becomes law.” # # # About the National Panhellenic Conference NPC is the umbrella organization specifically charged with advocating on behalf of the sorority experience. It is comprised of 26 national and international sororities that are autonomous social organizations. Collectively, NPC sororities are located on more than 670 campuses with approximately 380,000 undergraduate members and more than 4.5 million alumnae. About the North-American Interfraternity Conference Founded in 1909, the NIC is the trade association that represents a diverse range of inter/national men’s fraternities, including historically black, multicultural and emerging organizations. NIC’s 66 member organizations boast more than 6,100 chapters located on more than 800 campuses in the United States and Canada, with approximately 380,000 undergraduate members and nearly 4.2 million alumni. About the National Pan-Hellenic Council NPHC is comprised of local councils drawn from the ranks of 1.5 million college and professional members of the nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities, namely: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.; and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.; and the Council of Presidents of these member organizations who come together on issues that promote the common purposes and general good for which these organizations exist. About the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations NALFO is the coalition of 16 Latina/o based sororities and fraternities in the United States. NALFO exists to unite and empower its Latino organizations and their communities through advocacy, cultural awareness and organizational development while fostering positive interfraternal relationships and collaborating on issues of mutual interest. About the National Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Panhellenic Association NAPA shares a commitment to fraternal unity and assisting our membership in advancing the fraternal experience. Formally organized in 2006, NAPA currently is comprised of 18 culturally-based member organizations. About the National Multicultural Greek Council NMGC is an umbrella council for a coalition of Multicultural Greek-Letter Organizations (MGLOs), established in 1998. The purpose of NMGC is to provide a forum that allows for the free exchange of ideas, programs and services between its constituent fraternities and sororities; to promote the awareness of multicultural diversity within collegiate institutions, their surrounding communities, and the greater community-at-large, and to support and promote the works of its member organizations. About the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Through programs, publications, networking opportunities and other resources, AFA represents the community of campus-based fraternity and sorority advisors and is the leading voice in aligning the fraternity/sorority and higher education experiences. ### Download statement as PDF.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 — The National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Association (NAPA) is excited to announce the appointment of its 2017 officers. “I am so thrilled to be working alongside this group of talented leaders that push me and NAPA to be the best it can be,” says Chair, Hannah Seoh. “With their tireless dedication and passion for advancing the fraternal movement, I’m confident that we will be able to achieve the goals we have set forth for this year.” Executive Board • Chair: Hannah Seoh, ΔΦΛ • Vice Chair: Vigor Lam, ΠΔΨ • Secretary: Teri Chung, ΚΦΛ • Treasurer: Alison Kao, ΔΦΛ • Consultant: Mary Peterson, ΑΦ, ΣΛΒ, ΣΛΓ Headquarters Staff • Director of Administration: Prashant Kher, ΒΧΘ • Director of Communications: Angela Ju, αΚΔΦ • Director of Membership: Bryan Dosono, ΛΦΕ • Director of Operations: Bilal Badruddin, ΔΕΨ • Director of Programs: Kristine Medina, ΔΦΛ At-Large Volunteers • Graphic Design Coordinator: Andrew Cristiani, ΛΦΕ • Higher Education Coordinator: Taylor Phoumivong, ΑΤΩ • LGBT Initiatives Coordinator: Toubee Yang, ΛΦΕ • Risk Management Coordinator: Brian Gee, ΠΑΦ The Executive Board oversees the long-term strategic planning for NAPA, whereas Headquarters Staff manage the day-to-day operations of the Association. At-large volunteers advance initiatives of key issue areas relevant to NAPA and the APIDA community. While the NAPA Leadership comprises mostly of returning officers, Kristine Medina joins NAPA leadership in her new role as Director of Programs. “As I transition from being a NAPA volunteer to a position on the association’s executive board, my goal is to create a space to enhance the synergy between its member organizations. Being a part of my sorority, Delta Phi Lambda, has always been about serving others, and I look forward to continue doing the same for our entire fraternal community.” Officers serving on the Executive Board express their commitment to continued service. “It has been more than a decade since NAPA’s founding, and I am excited to continue the work with our new and returning national volunteers. With each new year and board, I am excited to utilize our volunteers and their passion to further the mission of NAPA, while providing support to our member organizations,” says Vice Chair Vigor Lam. ### About NAPA The National Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Panhellenic Association shares a commitment to fraternal unity and assisting our membership in advancing the fraternal experience. Formally organized in 2006, NAPA currently comprises of 18 culturally-based member organizations. Contact Hannah Seoh, Chair National APIDA Panhellenic Association firstname.lastname@example.org http://napahq.org/