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
🏆 NAPA organizations set the gold standard for APIDA fraternities and sororities. To continue fostering a spirit of excellence and growth, NAPA recognizes individuals, councils, and organizations who continue to advance NAPA’s mission and vision in its annual Standards of Excellence Awards Ceremony. 🌟Nominators may submit a maximum of 5 nominations per award category. Nominations should be based on achievements that occurred within one year leading up to the submission deadline. Submission deadline: October 15th at 11:59 pm EST. Find more information about each award category, visit http://www.napahq.org/programs/#award-categories. Loading…
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.
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 View this post on Instagram 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 (@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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org