By Kristine “Aster” Medina, Editor-in-chief

Delta Phi Lambda’s Board of Directors attended the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) annual meeting from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, 2016, in Boston, Mass..

The AFA annual meeting hosted the weekend for higher education professionals and fraternal leaders to develop their institutions and organizations through workshops and presentations catered to the greater fraternal community.

The National APIDA Panhellenic Association (NAPA) annual meeting was held on Dec. 3 in partnership with the AFA. More than seventy NAPA-affiliated organizations were present during the meeting. During the meeting, the association’s member organizations affirmed the inclusion of the Desi community by unanimously voting to change the association’s name from “National APIA Panhellenic Association” to “National APIDA Panhellenic Association.” “APIDA” stands for Asian Pacific Islander Desi American.

The board members representing the sorority at the annual meetings were Jaleesa Reed, Justina Ho, Tracy Wang, Mai Nguyen, Jennifer Kim and Jenny Qiao. Most of the members were first-time attendees, except for Reed and Wang. Also representing the sorority in attendance were Hannah Seoh, the NAPA chair, and Alison Kao, NAPA’s director of finance.

Ho sees attending the workshops and networking with different organizations as an opportunity to learn new techniques and processes to help improve the sorority.

“As a first timer, it was motivating not only to meet other Board Members from our NAPA Family, but to share ideas and passions so that our individual organizations can grow,” Ho said.

Kim recognizes the importance of representing the sorority during the meeting, especially with the pursuit of Asian awareness included within the mission.

“We try to help our community grow and we can’t do that if we close ourselves off to just our organization,” Kim said. “I think supporting each other is a huge aspect for the greater fraternal community.”

“It is enriching to understand and learn what decisions are working for other organizations, how to become more involved in the NAPA and Asian community, and how to become a better leader and improve upon your skills,” Qiao added.

Taking in the experience, the Board plans to go forth and review the sorority’s current policies and procedures to refine its operations. The Board also seeks to enhance the national convention experience.

“Our members will start to see this knowledge take form in new finance policies and collegiate strategies as we move forward,” Reed said.

This year, the AFA annual meeting will be hosted at The Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Ga. from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2. For more info, visit www.afa1976.org.


Featured Image: National APIDA Panhellenic Association