For Immediate Release Anaheim, CA—The National APIDA Panhellenic Association hosted its annual Standards of Excellence Awards at the close of the 2019 Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting (AFAAM). “It’s exciting to see so many amazing accomplishments from our organizations and members,” says NAPA Chair Hannah Seoh. “For us it’s a great way to close out the Annual Meeting in community and celebration of our community.” 2019 Award Recipients Individual Recognition Advisor of the Year: Sheri Stevens, University at Albany Lambda Phi Epsilon Change Agent of the Year: Arati Bhattacharya Saha (ΔΚΔ) Professional of the Year: Aparna Divaraniya (ΔΚΔ) Undergraduate of the Year: Alyssa Ledesma (ΔΦΩ) Volunteer of the Year: Bilal Badruddin (ΔΕΨ) Local Chapter Recognition Outstanding Cultural Programming: Rutgers University Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. Outstanding Educational Programming: University of Nebraska–Lincoln Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Inc. Outstanding Philanthropic Programming: University of Illinois at Chicago Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity, Inc. Outstanding Recruitment Programming: Rochester Institute of Technology Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Inc. Outstanding University Council: University of Central Florida Diversified Greek Council National Recognition Alumni Initiative of the Year: alpha Kappa Delta Phi Alumnae Association Foundation of the Year: alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Foundation Publication of the Year: Alpha Phi Gamma F.Y.I. Newsletter Social Media Campaign of the Year: Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity, Inc. “Woman’s History Month” Campaign Collaboration of the Year: University of Nebraska–Lincoln Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Inc. APIDA Heritage Week “I am continually blown away by the dedication and commitment of individuals and organizations within NAPA to elevate the standards of excellence for APIDA Greeks and create representation within the larger community,” says NAPA Treasurer Pujitha Kallakuri. “I am proud to see the sheer number of exemplary individuals and organizations.” 2019 Award Judges The 2019 application cycle received 70 submissions reviewed by 12 judges across a mix of student affairs, fraternity/sorority headquarters, and corporate professional backgrounds. Individual Recognition Award Judges Bisma Gowani, Vice President Internal, Kappa Phi Gamma National Sorority, Inc. Wanda Johnson, Alumna, Zeta Phi Beta National Sorority, Inc. Priyanka Mehta, Alumna, Delta Phi Omega National Sorority, Inc. Huong Truong, Graduate Assistant, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Missouri Local Recognition Award Judges Allison Chanthavong, Vice President External, Alpha Phi Gamma National Sorority, Inc. Mat Greer, Coordinator, Coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Life, Office of Student Activities at Temple University Kody Guedes, Graduate Resident Director at Salem State University Erika Rivera, Alumna, Gamma Alpha Omega National Sorority, Inc. National Recognition Award Judges Di’Monique George, Associate Director, Rochester Institute of Technology Associate Director for Student Engagement Marie Hinds, National President, Lambda Tau Omega National Sorority, Inc. Sharon Strange Lewis, Alumna, Alpha Kappa Alpha National Sorority, Inc. Travis Roberts, Assistant Director, American University Fraternity & Sorority Life “These are all exceptionally talented, selfless individuals that set great examples for their respective chapters and organizations,” says Wanda Johnson of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. “It was very interesting getting to review organizations efforts from another council, as a Latino Greek it was actually very eye-opening and very enjoyable too see other Greeks of color really do some amazing work in the country,” says Kody Guedes of Lambda Sigma Upsilon Fraternity, Inc. “I took great pride in being allowed to review the work that is being done. Everyone has worked extremely hard and the passion is showing continue to strive for greatness and continue to make a difference in the world!” ### 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 NAPA announces the election results of Bilal Badruddin as its Chair-Elect and Trang Bui as its Secretary-Elect. Badruddin previously served NAPA in various roles including Lead of Desi Initiatives, Direction of Operations and Programming, and most recently as Vice Chair. Bui begins her term as a first-year officer for the NAPA Board. Badruddin is a Summer 2008 initiate of Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity, Inc. at Temple University. “I am honored to serve NAPA in this capacity. When I first began volunteering for NAPA, I hoped to one day become Chair, and I am elated that the time is now.” says Badruddin. He adds, “As NAPA approaches its quindecennial it is imperative that we reflect on its 15-year history, advocate for member organizations, and collaborate with campus-based professionals, in order to effectively support the growth of NAPA, its member organizations, and APIDA Greek Life.” In addition to his role on NAPA Board, Bilal is pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies at Howard University, where he also serves as the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations. Bilal brings a unique perspective to the role of Chair, as he has also worked as a campus-based fraternity and sorority advisor and volunteered as the National President of Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity, Inc. Bui is a Fall 2013 initiate of Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. at Wichita State University. “I am delighted and honored to serve NAPA as a first-year officer. It has always been a goal of mine to be involved with this organization and collaborate with other Greek leaders around the nation. I am excited to continue the work that has been done before me and I am dedicated to creating a space that encourages unity among our member organizations.” says Bui. She adds, “NAPA provides a platform for APIDA fraternal members to connect and be change agents in the community. I am elated to see what the future holds for us.” Bui is currently a graduate student in the Educational Psychology—Higher Education/Student Affairs program at Wichita State University, where she also works as a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Success. According to current NAPA Chair, Hannah Seoh, “I’m very proud to see the growth that NAPA has had over the last decade. To continue to have leadership that is representing the field of higher education is very exciting and lets me know that the future of NAPA is in good hands. I look forward to seeing continued growth and progress for the APIDA community and our contributions to fraternity and sorority life in the years to come.” Both Badruddin and Bui are both inducted members of the Order of Omega. Their newest term on the NAPA Executive Board begins at the conclusion of the NAPA Annual Meeting—held in conjunction with the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting—scheduled on December 7th, 2019 at Anaheim, California. ### 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
In the latest edition of AFA Essentials, NAPA Chair Hannah Seoh and Past Chair Brian Gee describe the current landscape of risk management among NAPA fraternities and sororities. In June 2019, NAPA conducted an environmental survey to review each of the member organizations’ risk management policies and procedures. The survey covered items such as the content of the current risk management policy, as well as how each organization managed distribution and education of their policies. Based on this information, NAPA worked with Holmes Murphy Fraternal Practice to host a webinar in August 2019 to introduce the new Holmes Murphy risk management policy template and explain some of the history and background of the updates. As of September 2019, several NAPA member organizations have updated their policies based on the Holmes Murphy template. NAPA and Holmes Murphy are working with each of the groups to not only update their policies, but to explore various ways to improve their education and enforcement efforts. Read the full article online.
The NAPA Board opens the application cycle for the 2019 elections for Chair and Secretary positions. Get engaged to lead the APIDA fraternity community!
During the 2018 Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, NAPA unveiled its Speakers Bureau to an audience of student affairs professionals. This is the first time NAPA has released such a list, and the hope is that University advisors and member organizations will be able to take advantage of it immediately. “We know that representation matters, so we’ve taken care to curate a list of dynamic speakers that we feel will be able to get messages across to students,” says NAPA Chair, Hannah Seoh. “Sometimes a message is just better received from someone of similar identity and background.” The inaugural set of speakers encompass backgrounds in higher education, fraternity and sorority advising, nonprofit management, and industry. A wide portfolio of talking points include student conduct, mental health, career transitions, restorative justice, women empowerment, healthy masculinity, alumni relations, LGBTQ awareness, decolonization, multiculturalism, and leadership assessment. “The NAPA Speakers Bureau exemplifies NAPA’s commitment to being a resource to Fraternity and Sorority Advisors,” says NAPA Vice Chair Bilal Badruddin. “The Speakers Bureau provides an opportunity for campuses to highlight the voices of NAPA-affiliated individuals while providing critical conversations for the entire fraternity and sorority community.” University officials may reach out and make arrangements with speakers individually on a campus by campus basis. Speakers are vetted by the NAPA Board and are selected for their longstanding advocacy for APIDA fraternities and sororities. “Having collective and unique stories that represent the Asian American fraternity and sorority experience is what NAPA strives to provide,” says NAPA Director of Research Vigor Lam. “I am so excited to provide speaking engagements to campuses that value the culturally-based fraternity and sorority experience, as well as values shared across the collegiate student experience.” A complete roster of speakers and their contact information is available on the NAPA website. ### 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
The NAPA Board welcomes four additional volunteers to advance the Association’s priorities for the 2019 calendar year! Aman Kundlas (ΣΒΡ), Project Managersummit@napa-online.org “My skills as a project manager in a federal consulting company will provide a lot of structure and needed support to continue the growth of the NAPA organization and help out with ad hoc initiatives. Additionally, after attending the NAPA Annual Meeting, I felt that it is paramount to help serve the umbrella organization and support them in this capacity.” Kristine Medina (ΔΦΛ), Webinar Managerprograms@napa-online.org “I believe that through forward-thinking initiatives and collaborative efforts, APIDA fraternal members can further strive to connect and represent their communities across colleges and universities not only in the United States but around the world. This work should play an integral role in holding and moving society to a higher standard for all.” Harini Morisetty (ΔΦΩ), Policy and Procedures Managerpolicy@napa-online.org “I believe NAPA can serve as an outlet to educate communities on relevant matters and be a voice for populations that may often be overlooked. My primary goal would be to create an easy to follow organizational method for any and all important NAPA documentation and make the necessary changes to documents specified by the NAPA Board.” Huma Khursheed (ΔΦΩ), Social Media Managercommunications@napa-online.org “I hope to grow our visibility and people’s awareness of our organizations and the role they play in their respective communities. I hope to highlight the service we do in our communities, and hopefully bring more awareness through the use of media and news outlets.” ### About NAPANAPA 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. ContactHannah Seoh, ChairNational APIDA Panhellenic Associationchair@napa-online.orghttps://napahq.org/
NAPA is proud of its recent growth and how NAPA has been able to provide the best experience for students and alumni across the globe. Our 18 fraternities and sororities desire to excel in the field. This past year, we hit a milestone by hosting our first ever Undergraduate Leadership Academy. We hope to continue to plan, budget, and forecast accordingly to continue to build up our reserves. Through our monthly calls, we were able to provide education to our members on developing the next generation of leaders. Our volunteer Board works hard to ensure that NAPA continues to be excellent. We know that our work is never done. We hope to be good stewards of the fraternal movement and continue to build and maintain partnerships with all our interfraternal partners. Thank you for taking time to read through our Annual Report. Thank you for taking time to read through our Annual Report. We are very proud of our accomplishments and look forward to sharing even more successes with you in the future. Thanks, Hannah SeohChair, 2016-18
In the span of 3 weeks, 88 active Instagram accounts collectively generated more than 1,000 posts consisting of photos, videos, and animated GIFs that champion #NAPAUNITY in action! @akdphi • @akdphi_csusm • @alumni.unccpaphi • @aphig_uic • @aphig_umn • @betachitheta99 • @betachithetauf • @ccny_ind • @deltaepsilonpsi • @deltaphilambda • @deltaphiomega.denton • @deltaphiomega98 • @deltasigmaiota • @depsi_ae • @depsi_ai • @depsi_ak • @depsi_al • @depsi_alphadelta • @depsi_alphatheta • @depsi_beta • @depsi_bing • @depsi_iota • @depsi_upsilon • @depsi_xi • @depsitau • @dkd_umass • @dkd_unt • @dkdtamu • @dpo_bing • @dpo_lambda • @dpo_tau • @dpo_ucf • @dpo_uconn • @drexelsigmas • @ecu_ind • @epsilonalphasigmainc • @ind_adelphiu • @ind_georgemason • @ind_newark • @ind_nyc • @ind_nyit • @ind_philly • @ind_sbu • @ind_sju • @ind_theta • @ind_umd • @ind1994 • @kappaphigamma • @kphig_nu • @kphigpi • @kphigrho • @lambdaphiepsilon • @lambdapsirho • @lincolnlambdas • @madisondphil • @ncsulphie • @niu_chisigs • @nyu_ind • @pdpsi.ucf • @phisyz • @ritlambdas • @rutgersind • @sigmabetarho • @sigmapsizeta • @sigsigrho_theta • @syracuselambdas • @texasdkd • @uab_dpo • @uconndphil • @uconnkpl • @uconnlambdas • @uconnpdpsi • @uicakdphi • @umcpsigmas • @umnpdpsi • @umnsyz • @unccdphil • @unlsyz • @usf_akdphi • @usf_depsi • @usf.pdpsi • @usfkappas • @uvakdphi • @uvasigmas • @wichitachisigs • @wichitasigmas • @wisconsinakdphi • @wisconsinlphie In the spirit of the holidays, NAPA invites everyone to share 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 Dec… https://t.co/w9G4mugAq2 pic.twitter.com/hWo8tvJcjY — NAPA (@NAPAHQ) December 10, 2018
In the spirit of the holidays, NAPA invites everyone to share 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, 2018 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! ?? Previous “12 Days of #NAPAUNITY” Participants: 2017 Photo Challenge Champions 2016 Photo Challenge Champions