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Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority, Inc. joins NAPA

The National APIA Panhellenic Association (NAPA) is pleased to announce that Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority, Inc. has joined the Association as its 13th member organization. The sorority was approved for membership in November and was formally seated at the Association’s annual meeting on December 7th, 2013. Sigma Sigma Rho was established in December 1998 and currently has established chapters across the country. Its national philanthropy is the awareness and prevention of domestic violence. Kiran Wadhwa, Sigma Sigma Rho’s National President, commented, “We highly value and respect NAPA’s standards and significance in the Greek world. Sigma Sigma Rho takes much pride in being able to work alongside other NAPA organizations to give back to the community and make a difference in our collective future.” NAPA Executive Chair Brian Gee welcomed Sigma Sigma Rho stating, “The addition of Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority to the Association is evidence of the incredible growth of the cultural greek movement and the critical role our organizations play in the lives of our members and in the communities which we serve. Their membership reinforces the diverse needs and interests of college women. Fraternities and Sororities are the largest leadership development organizations on colleges across the country and we look forward to Sigma Sigma Rho’s collaboration with our member organizations in our effort to advance the fraternal movement.” NAPA was founded in 2005. NAPA serves to advocate the needs of its member organizations and provide a forum to share ideas and resources within its members. NAPA supports the development of positive relations through open communication with interfraternal partners to enrich the fraternal experience.

Alumni Spotlight: Jeanette Moy

Jeanette Moy, a member of Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer and Vice President for Strategic Planning for the Brooklyn Public Library. Jeanette executes the Brooklyn Public Library’s plan to reorganize the nation’s fifth largest public library to fit more comprehensively into our increasingly digital society. It is by no means an easy feat.  However, Jeanette seems to effortlessly balance the responsibilities of her job, her children, and commitment to improving Greek, community, and nonprofit organizations that enrich culture of various communities.  In addition to her endeavors at the Brooklyn Public Library, Jeanette played a key role in utilizing digital tools to provide the citizens of New York City better access to information and services across agencies as a senior policy advisor in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office of operations. Inspirational from the onset of her career as a community builder, in 2004, Jeanette helped lead the campaign between twelve multicultural Greek organizations to engage the Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) youth to vote.  After successfully registering 8,000 people to participate in the 2004 electoral process, as well as raising money for the Asian Tsunami campaign, the group was the beginning of what eventually became the National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Association (NAPA). Graduate of the University of Rochester, member of Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc., a founding member of NAPA, a founding board member of APIAVote, and former Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) college leadership trainer, Jeanette Moy is truly a driven leader who has made and continues to make a tremendous difference in the world around her.

NAPA Partners with City Year

We’re proud to announce our partnership with City Year to provide more of our Asian American alumni with the opportunity to make a difference through this program. Check out the press release here.

Alumni Spotlight: Evan Jackson Leong

Evan Jackson Leong is having a great year. He’s been walking the red carpet at film festivals across the world to introduce his film Linsanity!, which opens across the US on October 4th. When screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Linsanity! earned the director a standing ovation. About that reaction, Evan said, “It’s incredible. This is the biggest stage and it was amazing. I’ll never forget it.”. In many ways, Evan Leong’s story mirrors Jeremy Lin’s. Both of them appear to have come from nowhere to experience great success, but nothing could be further from the truth. For both, their success is the result of years of hard work and tenacity. He didn’t attend film school nor did he serve an internship at a big studio. He started his collegiate studies at UC Riverside, where he joined Pi Alpha Phi fraternity before  transferring  to UCLA to earn his degree in Asian American Studies. He immersed himself into the Asian American independent film scene and received his first big break in 2003 with his film BLT: Genesis, a behind-the-scenes look at the seminal film that changed the direction of Asian American cinema. Both Lin and Leong had to fight the stereotypes that Asian Americans are scholars, not athletes or filmmakers. Both had to break society’s preconceived notions to follow their dreams. “Asian-Americans don’t really have role models of that kind we can look up to,” says Leong. “Jeremy did it in the biggest way possible. It’s not just a story about basketball, it transcends sports and culture; you can follow your dreams and actually achieve. For Asian-Americans, that’s a huge thing.” To find a screening of Linsanity near you, check here.

Alumni Spotlight: Nina Polvanich Louie

Nina Polvanich Louie crossed at the Zeta Chapter, Stanford University, of alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority as part of the Zeta Class in Fall 1999.  After graduating, she spent a few years of consulting at McKinsey & Company in Thailand.  She returned to the United States to complete her graduate studies at Harvard University, where she met Mike, the love of her life!  After a few years, they ended up on the West Coast, married and with an adorable son, Donovan. Around Donovan’s second birthday in September 2012, Nina felt something was not right with herself.  She received life changing news – at 32 years old, she was diagnosed with Stage IV lymphoma, an aggressive blood cancer.  Throughout her fight, Nina has been an inspiration to all of us, staying strong, battling this disease, being a role model for her son, and also bringing light to the major gap in Asian American registrants in the bone marrow registry.  A bone marrow donation is one of the most viable methods of battling lymphoma and a match is more likely to be found in someone of the same ethnicity. The Save Nina campaign launched in May 2013 order to help Nina and others battling diseases come closer to finding a match for a bone marrow transplant. Since she is of Chinese/Thai descent, she was informed that her chances of finding a match in the bone marrow registry is 1 in 20,000.  Save Nina has gone viral internationally with hundreds of drives hosted by friends and sisters, which have typed thousands of people across the country. Celebrities like Boyz II Men, Hello Kitty, Jamie Chung, Chef Morimoto, Sonia Kapadia, Kristen Bell, Jenna Ushkowitz, Sheryl Sandberg and more have helped spread the word through social media. Many Asian associations and corporate companies have hosted typing drives at their local events and within their headquarters.  Throughout it all, Nina remains gracious and strong.

July is National #MinorityMentalHealth Awareness Month

In 2008, July was proclaimed National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month by the U.S. House of Representatives, in hopes of improving access to mental health treatment and services through increased public awareness. On May 5, 2013, the NAPA Mental Health Initiative was introduced on a monthly NAPA call, during which the idea of participating in NMMHA Month was introduced. Join NAPA in this effort to raise awareness by using the hashtag #MinorityMentalHealth in your social media posts. You can also tag the following Twitter handles: @nned_net @NAMICommunicate @TheBalancedMind @NIMHgov And the Facebook page for Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month at http://www.facebook.com/minoritymentalhealth. Get your brothers, sisters, friends and family to also participate and take the pledge to take action and increase awareness of mental illness and mental health promotion while embracing the diversity of our community here. You can also consider attending the following Webinar: Our Strength and Support: Celebrating National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Presented by Bassey Ikpi (The Siwe Project), Ramey Ko (Partner at Jung Ko, PLLC) and Associate Judge at Austin Municipal Court Wednesday, July 17, 2013 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. EST

One month to Save Nina

Nina Louie is a Stanford University alpha Kappa Delta Phi alumna who has been diagnosed with lymphoma. She has one month left to find a bone marrow match and donor. Nina is more likely to find a match in someone of Asian ethnicity, and, because the number of Asians in the bone marrow registry is so low, we need your help. Please help Nina and get typed, whether it’s ordering a home kit or going to a bone marrow drive. The test is really as easy as a cheek swab. Please encourage your sisters, brothers, friends and family to get typed as well! Visit www.savenina.com for more information.