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International Badge Day 2016: A Time to Remember

NAPA proudly stands with our interfraternal sisters in celebrating International Badge Day. On this day we encourage our members to wear our badges, pins, and letters proudly as a reminder of all of the achievements of the women in our lives. Not just today, but every day, we should recognize and celebrate female leaders who make an impact on their chapters, organizations, campuses, and communities. We stand with the National Panhellenic Conference, National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, and the National Multicultural Greek Council in taking a moment to pause and reflect on all that we have overcome and remember the work that still needs to be done.

NAPA Welcomes Three New Member Organizations

Addition of Three Fraternities Reflects NAPA’s Commitment to South Asian Greek Community February 12, 2016 — The National APIA Panhellenic Association (NAPA) is proud to welcome three new members: Iota Nu Delta Fraternity, Inc.; Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity, Inc.; and Delta Sigma Iota Fraternity, Inc. With a strong commitment to raising awareness of South Asian culture, NAPA’s newest members have a combined presence of over 60 chapters across the nation and bring the Association’s overall membership to 17 Asian American Greek Letter Organizations total. “We feel a great sense of pride in welcoming three South Asian-interest fraternities as NAPA members,” said Hannah Seoh, NAPA Chair. “It speaks to the dedication of our membership to be inclusive of the entire APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) community, and we look forward to their contributions as NAPA members.” Iota Nu Delta, founded at SUNY Binghamton in 1994, is the nation’s first South Asian-interest fraternity. With two core philosophies of Brotherhood Eternal & Shakti and three pillars of mind, body, and soul, Iota Nu Delta has forged partnerships with national organizations including Active Minds, National Marrow Donor Program, and South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT). “Iota Nu Delta appreciates the work NAPA has done for the Asian American community, and we are eager to embrace our new strategic partnership,” said Vishal Vyas, National President. “As a member, we look forward to new lines of communication, friendship, opportunity, and collaboration.” Delta Epsilon Psi was founded in October 1998 at the University of Texas at Austin. Since inception, Delta Epsilon Psi has annually donated over $45,000 to its national philanthropy, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and has documented over 20,000 community service hours across the nation. With over 30 chapters and colonies, Delta Epsilon Psi has grown to become the largest South Asian fraternity in the U.S. “Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity, Inc. is ecstatic to gain membership in NAPA,” stated Neal Daftary, National President. “We hope that, with this new venture, Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity, Inc. & NAPA’s members will combine their resources to continuous to support our local communities through social and service endeavors, and create unique opportunities for young men and women during their academic careers.” Founded in August 2000 at The Pennsylvania State University, Delta Sigma Iota is committed to cultivating men who will leave a positive mark in their communities through the organization’s core pillars of Service, Education, and Unity. Atindra Garigipati, National President of Delta Sigma Iota, stated, “Our fraternity thought that it was in the best interest of our future and continued growth to join NAPA. I believe our fraternity will greatly benefit from the communication and future interactions that we will have with the rest of the member organizations in the Association.” Iota Nu Delta, Delta Epsilon Psi, and Delta Sigma Iota will be formally seated in NAPA on February 8, 2016. About NAPA Founded in 2005, NAPA serves to advocate for the needs of its member organizations and provide a forum to share ideas and resources. NAPA supports the development of positive relations through open communication with interfraternal partners to enrich the fraternal experience.

Announcing 2016-17 Leadership

Congratulations to our newest NAPA appointees serving the 2016-17 leadership term! Executive Board Chair: Hannah Seoh, Delta Phi Lambda Vice Chair: Vigor Lam, Pi Delta Psi Secretary: Teri Chung, Kappa Phi Lambda Directors Director of Communications: Angela Ju, alpha Kappa Delta Phi Director of Finance: Alison Kao, Delta Phi Lambda Director of Interfraternal Relations: Prashant Kher, Beta Chi Theta Director of Operations: Michelle Wu, Sigma Psi Zeta Director of Technology: Bryan Dosono, Lambda Phi Epsilon Director of Undergraduate Affairs: Chee Ia Yang, Delta Phi Lambda Co-Director of AAGLO Summit: Kiran Wadhwa, Sigma Sigma Rho Co-Director of Programs, Initiatives: Jose Pangelinan, Sigma Lambda Beta Co-Director of Programs, Work Groups: Christiana Cabrera, Sigma Lambda Gamma Project Leads Project Lead, LGBTQ Initiative: Toubee Yang, Lambda Phi Epsilon Project Lead, Mental Health Initiative: Patrick Lin, Pi Delta Psi Project Lead, Youth Vote Initiative: Rob Mady, Pi Alpha Phi Project Lead, Domestic Violence Work Group: Seju Patel, Sigma Sigma Rho Project Lead, Hazing Prevention Work Group: Brian Gee, Pi Alpha Phi Project Lead, Desi Work Group: VACANT* * Note: We are still recruiting a Project Lead for our new Desi Initiative. If you or any colleages are interested in serving, please reach out to Vigor Lam at vicechair@napa-online.org.

NAPA Appoints First Non‐NAPA Officers

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 — The National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Association (NAPA) is excited to announce the appointment of Christiana Cabrera, sister of Sigma Lambda Gamma, and Jose Pangelinan, brother of Sigma Lambda Beta, to the 2016‐17 National Board. Christiana will serve as Director of Programs, Work Groups, and Jose will serve as Director of Programs, Initiatives. These appointments signify the first time in NAPA history for non‐NAPA members to join the association’s National Board. With this development, NAPA advances its mission of providing a forum for member organizations to share ideas and resources across interfraternal partners. “NAPA is excited for this new chapter for our association,” says Chair, Hannah Seoh. “While we have always been supported by Mary Peterson as our long‐term external advisor, this is the first time we will have non‐NAPA members on the Board helping with day‐to‐day operations. We stand to gain much from Christiana and Jose’s Fraternity/Sorority Headquarters experience and feel fortunate that they were willing to volunteer with us. ” ABOUT CHRISTIANA CABRERA Christiana has three and a half years of experience as a director for the Sigma Lambda Gamma National HQ, serving Director of Expansion and Director of Education. She has extensive development expertise, due to the numerous programs she has created and revised for Sigma Lambda Gamma over the past three years: Panther Prep Academic Program, Amethyst Entity Development Program, and Associate Member Educator Certification. Additionally, she has previous experience in generating national, regional, and entity retreat content such as networking activities, values alignment workshops, resource navigation workshops, and panel discussions. She currently resides in Iowa City, IA. ABOUT JOSE PANGELINAN Jose Pangelinan was born in Guam and raised in California. He completed his Bachelor’s at the University of Texas at San Antonio, in Psychology, where he had the pleasure of joining Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity. Jose was involved and president of his chapter and Multicultural Greek Council. He currently works as the Director of Member Services at the Executive Office of Sigma Lambda Beta and resides in North Liberty, IA. ### About National APIA Panhellenic Association The National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Association (NAPA) is a collective of 17 intercollegiate fraternities and sororities with an interest in culture and serving the APIA community. NAPA advocates the needs of its member organizations, provides a forum to share ideas and resources within its members, and supports the development of positive relations through open communication with interfraternal partners to enrich the fraternal experience. National APIA Panhellenic Association contact: Angela Ju Director of Communications communications@napa‐online.org

NAPA and NAAPIMHA Continue Mental Health Initiative Partnership

NAPA and NAAPIMHA Continue Mental Health Initiative Partnership FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 20 August 2015 CONTACT:  VIgor Lam | Director of Public Engagement (NAPA) public.engagement@napa-online.org Denver, CO – The National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Association (NAPA) and the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) has renewed its partnership to bring mental health education and awareness to Asian and Asian American students on college campuses for the 2015-2016 year. 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. The campaign continues to include materials with imagery and messaging targeting the APIA student audience. The two partnering organizations will be continuing its Mental Health Summit in Boulder & outreach initiatives in Atlanta, as well as expanding its outreach to campuses in Los Angeles and San Francisco. In addition, the partnership will continue to present and facilitate workshops at regional/national conferences focusing on APIA empowerment and mental health awareness. NAPA serves to advocate the needs of its fourteen member Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) inter/national fraternities and sororities and provides a forum to share ideas and resources within its members. http://napa-online.org/ NAAPIMHA’s mission is to improve the mental health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders living in this country. http://naapimha.org/ # # #

NAPA members attend the Advancing Justice Conference

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.

1 More Week to Register for VineUp!

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!

Beta Chi Theta National Fraternity, Inc. Joins NAPA

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

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