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Week of Action 2016 for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The National APIA Panhellenic Association is proud to partner with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) to #TakeAStand. Take A Stand is a call to action meant to bring attention to the issue of domestic violence for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and throughout the year. The current landscape of domestic violence in America is alarming. Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten. And according to the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, “21–55% of Asian women report experiencing intimate physical and/or sexual violence during their lifetime.” By taking a stand, NAPA members remind the nation that there are still countless people—victims and survivors, their children and families, their friends and family, their communities—impacted by domestic violence. NAPA members, leaders, and supporters should not stop until society has zero tolerance for domestic violence and until all victims and survivors can be heard. As domestic violence has been a national agenda and social issue, NAPA is bringing awareness towards this matter. Domestic violence thrives when people do not speak out. Therefore, NAPA is organizing its own Week of Action alongside NCADV on social media to facilitate conversations about domestic violence to the greater community. Contact Seju Patel, Project Lead NAPA Domestic Violence Work Group domesticviolence@napa-online.org http://napahq.org/

Announcing Partnership with #IAmAsianAmerican Project

The National APIA Panhellenic Association (NAPA) is proud to partner with the #IAmAsianAmerican project in their efforts to register 15,000 new voters in this historic election year. The project aims to hold ten days of voter registration in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington D.C., culminating in a concert and night market in each of those cities in celebration of the community’s efforts and accomplishments. NAPA is a coalition of 18 national Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) fraternities and sororities, representing over 512 undergraduate chapters nationwide, and thousands of active and alumni members. "A pan-ethnic coalition of over 30 Asian-American community organizations pledged today" https://t.co/4PiVtaQdd1 via @colorlines — IamAsianAmerican (@SoAsianAmerican) October 3, 2016 “NAPA was founded as a vehicle to leverage its dedicated membership to promote APIA civic engagement nearly a decade ago,” states NAPA Executive Chair Hannah Seoh, “and in keeping with this mission, we encourage all our affiliate members to volunteer and support the efforts of the ‘I am Asian American’ campaign around the country.” NAPA recognizes the pressing need to improve APIA voter turnout, which has proven its potential to be the swing vote in local and State elections. As the fastest growing community in the nation, APIA voters can secure a voice on the national stage for millions of underserved Americans and help them in achieving their American dream. Be the change u want to see. Asian American Movement is ON! 4 Concerts in 4 Cities same day OCT 16 Live Stream #IAMASIANAMERICAN #VOTE #AAPI pic.twitter.com/evQUZ9X3a5 — IamAsianAmerican (@SoAsianAmerican) September 24, 2016 ### [Download press release in PDF] Contact Rob Mady, Youth Vote Initiative youthvote@napa-online.org www.napahq.org www.IAmAsianAmerican.com

National Hazing Prevention Week 2016

National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW) 2016 kicks off today! In conjunction with NPC, NALFO, NIC, NPHC and HPO, NAPA is supporting NHPW through a social media campaign centered around the hashtag, #IBelieveinGreeks. HazingPrevention.Org™ will host a series of college screenings of the new feature film GOAT as part of its efforts to empower people to prevent hazing. Starring Nick Jonas, Ben Schnetzer and James Franco, and based on the memoir by Brad Land, GOAT tells the story of two brothers who become embroiled in hazing at a college fraternity. What occurs in the name of ‘brotherhood’ tests both boys and their relationship in brutal ways. Directed by Andrew Neel, the film received wide acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival and will be released in select theaters nationwide, on demand and digital HD on September 23rd by Paramount Home Media Distribution. GOAT offers a realistic and harrowing depiction of the sometimes devastating effects of hazing. Without painting anyone as ‘good’ or ‘evil,’ this well-crafted film gives us an excellent opportunity to open a discussion about the psychological and philosophical underpinnings that give rise to hazing and why it is so critical to prevent it. The GOAT educational program will coincide with National Hazing Prevention Week, which runs from September 19th through September 23rd. Each advance screening event will be accompanied by a thought-provoking, CAMPUSPEAK facilitator-lead discussion about the film and the impact of hazing on college campuses: University of Maryland – September 19th The College of William & Mary – September 20th University of Arizona – September 21st University of Central Florida – September 22nd University of California at Berkeley – September 23rd We are proud to partner with @CAMPUSPEAK on providing thought-provoking conversations about hazing during #NHPW16 pic.twitter.com/ckCzzdLejs — HazingPrevention.Org (@PreventHazing) August 31, 2016

NAPA #PowerUp to Vote Campaign

NAPA, APIAVote, and Rock the Vote are teaming up to launch #PowerUp! The goal of the #PowerUp Campaign is to demonstrate the power of Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) this election cycle. This is a nonpartisan effort focused on motivating young people to vote spans college campuses and local communities across the country. AAPI student networks are forming teams to see who can turn out the most voters. Throughout the campaign, they will be joined by celebrities and influencers! The teams consist of: Team Pearl: National APIA Panhellenic Association (NAPA) Team Ruby: Midwest Asian American Student Union (MAASU) Team Gold: East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) Team Jade: Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Student Association (ITASA) and the Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations (UNAVSA) Each team receives points based on a conglomeration of different factors: Voter registration: 5 points Pledge to Rock the Vote: 3 points Posting on social media (with Hashtag Mentions) #PowerUp #TEAMNAME: 1 point Engaging with the challenge: varies in points The team with the most points by November 9, 2016 will be able to win one Grand Prize of having one APIAVote/Rock The Vote influencer attend one conference of the Winner’s choosing. More information and details will be made more available as information is released. Pledge to Rock the Vote this November by visiting NAPA’s team page with tools to get started: powerup16.com/pearl. AAPIs are the fastest growing population in the country, and the size of the AAPI electorate will double by 2040. Despite their growing political power, AAPI communities still have some of the lowest rates of voting in the country, particularly among young AAPIs. Now is the time to create a new, powerful generation of AAPI voters.

Presidential Town Hall 2016

Photo: William Xu and Maui Orozco with Congresswoman Dr. Judy Chu (D-CA), the first Chinese American woman elected to U.S. Congress. Las Vegas, NV—This past August, NAPA engaged in a historical gathering of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA). Four U.S. presidential campaigns met representatives of APIA affinity groups from around the nation at the 2016 APIA Vote Presidential Townhall. The candidates and their political surrogates appealed to the gathering of APIA leaders for their support. Alpha Phi Gamma’s Maui Orozco, along with Pi Delta Psi’s Will Xu, represented the NAPA community at the public forum. The presidential candidates present, which included Jill Stein of the Green Party and Gary Johnson of the Libertarian party, sat down with NBC anchor Richard Lui to discuss salient topics ranging from immigration reform to national security. Gary Johnson was even quizzed on what “AAPI” stood for. President Bill Clinton took the stage for his partner and democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. He framed the racial and political plurality of our nation as a defining strength and advocated for unity amidst narratives of extreme divisiveness. Finally, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes addressed the crowd on behalf of Donald Trump. He leveraged his Filipino roots to discuss the conservative, hardworking values instilled in him by his immigrant parents, and how these values can help our community achieve a shared American dream. The town hall coincided with the Asian American Journalist Association and the National Asian American Association of Professionals Conventions, bringing together the largest gathering of Asian American professionals in recent memory. NAPA’s participation in the APIA Vote youth civic engagement training sessions opened future opportunities to expand coalitional programming efforts. Student leaders learned how to galvanize campus populations and utilize non-profit resources to improve “Get Out The Vote” campaigns across the country. With the NAPA logo projected on the backdrop as a supporting partner of the APIAVote Presidential Townhall, NAPA has now taken part in its fourth Presidential Town Hall, continuing its tradition of partnership with APIAVote that gave birth to NAPA over a decade ago. NAPA’s participation ensures a pipeline of leaders from Asian-interest fraternities and sororities to the public sector, exposing its membership to opportunities in non-traditional career paths where APIAs continue to be underrepresented. NAPA’s youth vote advocacy initiative maximizes exposure to the community it serves, combats existing stigmas of apolitical involvement, and forges crucial partnerships that will define NAPA a decade from now. NAPA engaged in a historical town hall gathering of four presidential campaigns with APIAVote. #NAPAunity A post shared by NAPAHQ (#NAPAUNITY) (@napahq) on Sep 5, 2016 at 2:18pm PDT

AAGLO Research

Project Abstract The history of collegiate fraternal organizations can be traced over the past two centuries in America, but little is known about Asian American Greek letter organizations (AAGLOs). What is their purpose, what unique benefits do they afford their members, and what kind of impact, if any, do these organizations have on their members’ racial and identity development? This study aims to answer these questions in order to better understand and illuminate the undergraduate experience within Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) fraternities and sororities. Findings from this study will inform student affairs professionals about the unique role and opportunity for cultural identity development provided by APIDA fraternities and sororities, as little research currently exists investigating this matter. We want to acknowledge those before us that have explored and researched this often forgotten population in higher education. Our hope is to continue the work and provide more literature to campus-based professionals, volunteers, advisors, and others of the growing AAGLO community. Timeline 9/1: Survey launches! 10/15: Survey closes 11/1: Qualitative interviews outreach Want more updates? Please subscribe to our newsletter here. Contact Information Email: research@napa-online.org IRB #1702006917 Research Team Vigor Lam, M.Ed., Project Director Vigor holds a Masters of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation. While in graduate school, he worked for departments including campus activities, multicultural affairs, campus life, and residential life. He also did fieldwork and explored the Asian Greek Council at University of Southern California, interviewed and proposed recommendations for Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS), the cultural center on campus. His involvement with the APIA community in the Midwest led him to work for nonprofits in Washington DC, including Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote). He also serves as the Co-Chair for Asian Pacific American Network (APAN), within the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Vigor currently works at Cornell within the Office of the Dean of Students as the Assistant Director of the Asian & Asian American Cultural Center. Mai Nguyen, M.A., Project Investigator Mai attended Colorado State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Technical Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations. She then attended California State University, Sacramento to earn a Master of Arts in Education: Higher Education Leadership. Before joining Texas Woman’s University as the Assistant Director for the Center for Student Development, she worked as the Leadership Initiative Coordinator at California State University, Sacramento for three-and-a-half years. Mai has experience in many areas of Student Affairs, including Greek Life, Leadership, Clubs and Organizations and Orientation. Ari Stillman, M.A., Project Investigator Ari’s background converges his pedigree in research and experience in Greek Life. In the former category, he earned his BA in history and religion from the University of Rochester, MA in sociology of religion from Vanderbilt University, and MA in sociology from the University of Chicago. In the latter category, he advised the Multicultural Greek Council at the University of Pennsylvania and served his fraternity, Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity, Inc., on the national board for four years in a variety of roles including National President. Drawing from this background, Ari now focuses his research on fraternity and sorority advisors in an effort to elevate their profession. Other research interests include ritual studies, mythmaking and deconstructing, and organizational change. Dr. Ajay Nair, Ph.D., Research Advisor Dr. Ajay Nair, Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life at Emory University, is an accomplished scholar and student affairs leader whose interests include immigration, race, and ethnicity. Ajay’s research interests include quality assurance in educational systems, service learning and civic engagement, and Asian American identity. His co-edited book, Desi Rap: Hip-Hop in South Asian America, focuses on the complexities of second-generation South Asian American identity. His current book project explores the current state of multiculturalism in higher education.

A Time to Come Together

Just last month, NAPA celebrated its LGBT Pride Month and stood beside its brothers and sisters in mourning after the Pulse Shooting. The time has come once again to stand beside brothers and sisters in mourning in light of the killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the 5 officers killed in Dallas. NAPA organizations were founded with primarily Asian and South Asian roots and its oldest member organization was founded in 1929 because of rampant discrimination during that time. The NAPA Board acknowledges, appreciates, and remembers daily all of the work and sacrifices of previous generations that affords certain opportunities and privileges today. The NAPA Board also understands, though, that its organizations have come a long way in terms of diversity and inclusive membership. NAPA has many members with different identities and also intersectional identities. NAPA organizations must unite under support, comfort, mutual understanding, and respect. During these very difficult times, it can be very normal, expected even, to go through a wide range of emotions. On the heels of the start of National Minority Mental Health Month, the NAPA Board encourages all of its members to check in on each other, seek help if needed, and be supportive in whatever ways they can: Bring in a speaker at National Conventions to discuss racial trauma Host Google Hangout sessions where members can share their lived experiences Include identity and allyship as part of new member education Write to local politicians about pressing concerns http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ The NAPA Board wants its individual members to know that we see, we hear, we feel for, and are with them. The NAPA Board knows that much work still needs to be done and will not rest until it is completed.

NAPA Celebrates LGBT Pride Month

For the last 45 years, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community has celebrated June as LGBT Pride month. Originally to commemorate the Stonewall riots in 1969, the celebration has since grown to be a time to take a stance against discrimination and for the right to live openly and proudly without persecution. Recently, President Obama released a proclamation to recognize June as LGBT Pride Month, just barely a year after the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. The LGBT community has made tremendous strides in America to get the country on the right side of history. With the rest of the world, the NAPA Board awoke Sunday morning to the news of the worst mass shooting in recent US history. NAPA is saddened by this unspeakable tragedy and its strike against the LGBT community. It is okay to be upset, frustrated, sad, and confused during this time; many NAPA members are still internally processing this day. As Americans deal with this event and the difficult path ahead, NAPA proclaims its deepest care for its LGBT members. As organizations founded to promote awareness of Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Desi identities, NAPA truly believes that any act of hate is unacceptable and NAPA’s organizations will continue to foster and promote inclusive environments where its members can live authentically. NAPA encourages its members to seek out mental health services available to them on their campus or through a mental health care provider during this time. In addition, NAPA urges its heterosexual members to check in with loved ones, friends, or colleagues who identify as LGBT because it can make all the difference in how they are feeling right now. To better serve its members and the association’s commitment to diversity, NAPA recently created the LGBTQ Initiative Project Lead position and appointed Toubee Yang, from Lambda Phi Epsilon International Fraternity, Inc., to develop initiatives and programs to raise awareness around these LGBTQ experiences. Toubee Yang and NAPA Vice Chair, Vigor Lam, have also facilitated two webinars featuring LGBT-identified NAPA members sharing their experiences and recommendations. Feel free to show pride and support with custom Facebook cover photos made for each NAPA organization. Please follow NAPA’s social media to receive news of upcoming LGBTQ programs and resources or contact NAPA’s LGBTQ Initiative Project Lead at lgbtq@napa-online.org.

Save the Voter, Save the World

NAPA launches workshop series with APIAVote This coming Memorial Day Weekend, NAPA’s Youth Vote Initiative Project Lead Rob Mady will host a workshop to empower young professionals to get engaged in the upcoming 2016 presidential election. In partnership with APIAVote, the “Save the Voter, Save the World” workshop will be presented at the joint International Convention of alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority and Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity in Phoenix, Arizona. Although Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are among the fastest-growing ethnic demographic in the United States, they produce the lowest voter turnout rates in the nation. NAPA intends to activate the civic spirit of its membership by hosting voter registration drives, workshops, and phone banks to increase voter turnout this fall. Individuals who attend the workshop will have a better understanding of the specific issues that affect AAPIs—such as immigration reform and student loan debt—and how their votes can impact legislation. “Greeks should be involved in the upcoming election cycle because we are densely connected to active leaders through our fraternal networks,” says Mady, a member of Pi Alpha Phi Fraternity. “A majority of election topics primarily affect students and young professionals. Asian American Greeks have the power to inspire their chapters, universities, companies, and communities to vote this November.” Engagement with first-time voters is a priority to politicians running for office. Candidates seeking to appeal to younger crowds will continue to innovate new ways to reach audiences who can vote. As the AAPI population continues to grow, cultural coalitions and advocacy groups like NAPA will play an even larger role in influencing the outcome of the general election. ### Graphic by Rob Mady.

Bilal Badruddin as New Lead for Desi Initiatives

NAPA is proud to appoint Bilal Badruddin as its new lead for Desi Initiatives! Bilal is a member of Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity and looks forward to elevating the voice of NAPA’s South Asian member organizations. Bilal Badruddin is the Assistant Director of Residential Life and in June will be transitioning to be the Interim Associate Director of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs at Colgate University. He received his M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from Loyola University-Chicago and his B.A. in Advertising Research from Temple University. While earning his masters, Bilal worked at Northeastern Illinois University as a Graduate Assistant in Greek Life. Prior to his current position, Bilal was a Residential Life Coordinator and later an Area Coordinator at Eastern Washington University, where he also had a collateral assignment in Fraternity and Sorority Life. In addition to his work on college campuses, Bilal Badruddin has served as the National Director of External Affairs for Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity, Inc since 2013.

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