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.
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.
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.
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.