Remember our #OutandGreek campaign? Pt. II is coming soon. Stay tuned! Interested in getting involved? Please email Toubee Yang at email@example.com and Vigor Lam at firstname.lastname@example.org!
On September 25-26, Vigor Lam, Director of Public Engagement, along with several members of NAPA organizations, attended the annual Advancing Justice Conference in Washington, DC. This year’s theme was “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Standing Together for Racial Justice.” Workshops and speakers included keynote Julian Castro, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It was great to see active and alumni of NAPA organizations represent and learn about the current trends and issues affecting the AAPI community nationally. The Advancing Justice Conference is the first and only national conference focusing on civil rights and social justice in the Asian American communities. Organizations and people in representation included numerous community organizations, community leaders, and undergraduate student leaders that will share knowledge and insights back on their respective campuses. Students had opportunities to network with workshop presenters and other attendees during the conference. NAPA is a powerful community partner and driving force for the youth in the Greek community to highlight issues of racial justice, capacity building, and community partnerships within our organizations.
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. For Students 80% of today’s jobs and internships are landed through networking and half of those are landed through direct introductions. However, most graduates have a very small professional network upon graduation, which can make it hard to land their first job. We are hoping to solve this problem for our members! Have you ever wanted to connect with someone that could help you get the introduction that would help you land an internship or job at your ideal company? Now you can! We have a database of graduates who are looking to share their advice and support with you! The community is our fantastic new online resource that includes more than 8 million employment and internship opportunities from around the world. Also included are opportunities provided by our administrators, our graduates, and our partners. Our goal with the community is to help our student members increase the size of their professional and entrepreneurial network through the generation of mentor mentee relationships with our alumni. For Alumni 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. How Do I Join? To join the community simply click on the “For Members” link in the upper right hand corner. You will have the options to register manually or you can connect via your Facebook or LinkedIn making registration and updating of your profile information easy. During your registration process you will be prompted to enter the special access code provided to you by your national organization. This code will only be requested once and you will not need to memorize it. Once you have completed the steps you will have to verify your email address then, once your profile has been approved by our administrators, you will be able to access the community once it is officially launched. The platform has a mobile ready interface, so there is no need to download any apps. It works smoothly and easily on all devices and browsers. Help us make a positive difference in both the lives of our current and future alumni. We look forward to seeing you on VineUp!
The National APIA Panhellenic Association (NAPA) is pleased to announce that Beta Chi Theta National Fraternity, Inc. has joined the Association as its 14th member organization. The Fraternity was approved for membership in April and is being formally seated on May 4th, 2014. Pathik Patel, Beta Chi Theta’s National Vice President of Financial Affairs, commented, “Beta Chi Theta, is a fraternal organization that prides itself as an organization of gentlemen who believe in the values of community. These values, go hand in hand with those of NAPA. We deeply believe in the advancement of both NAPA and Beta Chi Theta through deeply rooted relationships, and mutual cooperation.” Beta Chi Theta was established in June 1999 at the University of California Los Angeles, and now has chapters stretching from coast to coast. Beta Chi Theta is built upon the pillars of Tradition, Service to Humanity, South Asian Awareness, Academic Excellence, A Unified Nationwide Network, and above all else, Brotherhood. Prashant Kher, Beta Chi Theta’s National President, commented, “We look forward to a successful and fruitful relationship with NAPA and all of the member organizations. We strongly feel that by working together, we can make cultural Greek organizations a major player and stakeholder in the Greek industry in the next 25-50 years.” NAPA Executive Chair Brenda Dang welcomed Beta Chi Theta stating, “The Association is pleased to announce the addition of an organization to our membership that has developed strong roots in the fraternal community. Their membership reinforces the diverse interests of collegiate men across the country. We are confident that they will play a critical role in the growth of the cultural Greek movement. Fraternities and Sororities are the largest leadership development organizations on collegiate campuses across the country and we look forward to Beta Chi Theta’s collaboration with our member organizations in our effort to advance the cultural Greek 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 inter-fraternal partners to enrich the fraternal experience. www.betachitheta.com www.facebook.com/betachitheta www.twitter.com/betachitheta
The National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Association (NAPA) and the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) and Active Minds are excited to announce a new partnership 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. “We identified that mental health is a significant and unaddressed issue for many of our member organizations,” said Brian Gee, Executive Chair of NAPA. “We are excited to partner with two prominent organizations in the field of mental health to equip the collegiate leaders we represent with skills and knowledge needed to recognize and refer peers who might be struggling.” “Research has shown that Asian students on campus with mental health problems are significantly less likely to be receiving treatment than their peers in other racial/ethnic groups,” said Sara Abelson, Senior Director of Programs at Active Minds. The Friends DO Make A Difference initiative aims to have NAPA members start a series of dialogues and activities on a range of topics, recognizing that mental health is a part of their everyday lives. NAPA chapters participating in the Friends DO Make a Difference initiative will train chapter officers and advisors to identify signs and symptoms of mental health concerns and host events with their membership to connect them to mental health resources on campus. Upon completion of mental health training and programming, chapters will be recognized with a Friends DO Make a Difference Seal of Distinction. “The Friends campaign was designed to raise awareness of mental health among Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students. The hope is to make campuses a safe place to talk about key issues as students learn how to support each other. We are excited to work closely with NAPA and Active Minds to develop student leaders who will advocate on behalf of mental health,” said DJ Ida, Executive Director of NAAPIMHA. “By working with the next generation of leaders, we hope to reduce stigma and open positive dialogue about mental health for years to come.” “We are excited to partner with NAPA and NAAPIMHA to reach an important and often underserved community of students when it comes to mental health awareness,” said Sara Abelson, Senior Director of Programs at Active Minds. The Friends DO Make a Difference initiative will support Active Minds’ mission to empower students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help seeking. About the National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Association The National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Association (NAPA) is an association of collegiate fraternities and sororities with an interest in culture and serving the APIA community. The organization serves to advocate the needs of its member organizations and provides 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. Learn more at www.napa-online.org. About the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association The National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. NAAPIMHA’s mission is to promote the mental health and well being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Since its founding, NAAPIMHA strives to raise awareness of the role of mental health in an individual’s health and well-being, especially in Asian American Pacific Islander communities throughout the country. For more information visit: www.naapimha.org. About Active Minds, Inc. Active Minds is the young adult voice in mental health advocacy. By supporting a rapidly growing network of hundreds of student-led chapters at colleges and universities, Active Minds empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking. Active Minds is a national nonprofit headquartered in Washington D.C. Follow us on Twitter @Active_Minds. For more information visit: www.ActiveMinds.org.
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.
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.
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
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.