Jehron Pura-Bryant

Why Pi Delta Psi?

There’s many reasons why I’ve joined Pi Delta Psi; but primarily what struck me the most from the fraternity is the brotherhood and bonds made from the brothers. It was more than just a claim, you can feel the spirit resonate through each and every brother; something which I cherish to this day as a member. Despite any cultural differences, I was welcomed with open arms and it made my transition at my university smooth and enjoyable. Beyond that, I have always been involved with my university’s Philippine-American League (PAL) since my freshman year, an organization that’s near and dear to me as a Filipino-American. It was an added bonus that my chapter has been deeply invested with PAL; with brothers holding numerous executive board positions over the years. Not only did I enjoy my time with the fraternity outside of campus, but the presence and leadership displayed on campus is what set our Fraternity apart from other organizations.

What positions have you held on campus?

President of the Fraternity, Alpha Chapter – I’m truly honored and humbled that I was voted into the position by my brothers. I can say, wholeheartedly, I am proud of everything that we have accomplished together. As the President, I’m in the perfect position to lead the fraternity towards continued success and raise the standard for achievement and excellence on my campus. In my opinion the best style of leadership is to lead by example, and that’s what I intend to do through every aspect of my life.
Executive Board of PAL – the Philippine-American League was one of the first clubs/orgs I have joined since my Freshman year. In order to show my gratitude and appreciation, I wanted to be behind the scenes and plan the events that the general body always appreciates. In addition, in the process, I want to learn a little more about my own culture and heritage.
Mentor/Program Assistant of ELP – I came through the Emerging Leaders Program as a mentee my Freshman fall semester. While in the program, I’ve worked with an off-campus organization to raise awareness for Domestic Violence, which was an eye-opening experience. The following year I was selected to lead a group of mentees and guide them towards their own community service venture. This upcoming year, I’ve been selected to take it to the next step, and help facilitate the goals of the future mentors, and mentees. The goal is to keep advancing, and promoting with every endeavor.

While I have held other minor leadership positions, these three positions have truly shaped and influenced my collegiate experience.


A notable feat that people tend to ask about, is my life in the chess world. I am a National Master of the United States Chess Federation, and have been since I was 15 years old – having made me one of the youngest masters of African-American descent. Probably one of the bigger achievements of my lifetime- and has paved the way for many opportunities for me in life; whether it be networking, travelling, or just the advancement of my critical thinking abilities. Other than chess, I enjoy music, specifically the performing arts. I dabble in a little spoken word, rap, and dance the night away if the feeling is right. As a dancer, not professionally trained, I have been the Stroll Master for the Alpha chapter since I crossed, and since then have lead the brothers towards some crowd-pleasing strolls. One of my favorite moments as an active brother, would be in May of 2016; we represented Pi Delta Psi, in a competition held by the Black Student Union at Binghamton University. With a lot of preparation, and tenacity, we clinched first place among other fraternities. It was a big feat, and a proud moment for our chapter; being the only organization of the Asian Greek Council, and the only organization with roots of Asian-Interests for that matter at Binghamton University. We paved the way and left our mark. Couldn’t have done it without my brothers and I am, and will always be, proud of everyone.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Although things are always subject to change and I have to remain flexible with whatever life throws at me – hopefully, if everything is going the way I plan; I’ll be towards the middle point of my medical school journey. Studying hard, but motivated to complete. I would also love to have a few more countries checked off of my “places to go” bucket list, and most importantly I would be living life happy and without regret.

Touch of Modern

$100M business founded in 2012 by brothers of the Kappa Chapter at Cornell University, Jerry Hum and Dennis Liu. They set out to introduce the world to modernizing men’s fashion with unique products at unbeatable prices and extraordinary design. They have now revolutionized men’s shopping and have been featured on CNBC.


Prayers for the Victims in Orlando shooting


We are devastated to hear about the recent shooting that claimed the lives of innocent civilians at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. 50 people were killed and at least 53 people were wounded as a result. Ultimately, we can not spread hatred towards a group of people because of one man. But, let us unify and strengthen each other during these difficult times through love and awareness. Pray for those who lost their lives and respond to those who are in critical condition as a result of this act of terrorism and hatred. We can all be a part of this movement to help each other. Click here for more information on how you can help.

Touch of Modern

$100M business founded in 2012 by brothers of the Kappa Chapter at Cornell University, Jerry Hum and Dennis Liu. They set out to introduce the world to modernizing men’s fashion with unique products at unbeatable prices and extraordinary design. They have now revolutionized men’s shopping and have been featured on CNBC.




Brother Business Profile

Business Name: Touch of Modern
Owner(s): Jerry Hum and Dennis Liu
Address: see website
Phone Number: (415) 230-0750
Products/Services: E-commerce

Happy Mother’s Day!

It’s quite common to see our news feed on social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. blow up with posts of how much we appreciate our mothers in honor of Mothers Day. But there’s one individual who shows his appreciation regardless of the day. Brother Alex Chu of the Phi Chapter at University of Central Florida credits his mother and grandmother for his drive and determination to succeed academically and professionally through his heartwarming messages on social media. His words are a powerful reminder that we must appreciate the struggles our family overcame and their drive to provide a better life for us. FB_IMG_1462726810163

Kicking off Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May was officially recognized as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in 1992 to commemorate the arrival of first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843 and the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869.

To honor the celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, StoryCorps is working with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community to gather stories about various topics and themes in regards to the AAPI identity. More information can be found here.

Viet Thanh Nguyen Wins Pulitzer Prize for Novel, ‘The Sympathizer’

Viet Thanh Nguyen is an associate professor at one of the world’s leading private research universities, University of Southern California. He released his debut novel, “The Sympathizer” in 2015, which tells the story of a half Vietnamese and half French officer in the Southern Vietnamese military and also a Northern Vietnamese spy. His work has been awarded with the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2016 and is the New York Time’s 100 notable books of 2015. Read more

Housing & Architecture to Refining the Culinary Arts


(Dain Lee, second from left)

Dain Lee, an alumnus of the Zeta Chapter at New York University, recently participated as a competitor on Food Network’s All-Star Academy, in which he worked with his mentor/celebrity chef, Curtis Stone, to refine his culinary skills as they both underwent intense challenges.

In addition to being a talented home cook, he is an established and licensed real estate broker who has worked with the Corcoran Group for 10 years. Lee’s passion for engaging with people from all walks of life has allowed him to develop interpersonal relationships with his clients through his sincerity and integrity.

Asian American and Voting : The Big Picture

As an organization that emphasizes awareness within the Asian American community and supports the Asian And Pacific Islander American Vote (APIA Vote), we highly encourage everyone to inform and educate themselves on issues that affect our community as a whole, as well as learning about each of the political candidates running for the Presidential elections. In the past, the voting turnout has been weak among the Asian American community. According to studies done by the Pew Research Center, there was less inclination or no preference in regards to voting for political candidates and/or issues. However, with the rise of nonpartisan community-based organizations like APIA Vote, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, helping to advance civil engagement, the voting trend is gradually increasing. We hope to see more increase in involvement in the Asian American political movement.

First Asian American Supreme Court Justice?

U.S. Deputy Solicitor General Sri Srinivasan is pictured in this undated file photo courtesy of the United States Department of Justice. President Barack Obama has a number of likely options as he looks for a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on February 13, 2016. Among those the administration could turn to are Srinivasan, who has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since May 2013; Jacqueline Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American who has been a judge on the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since May 2012; Paul Watford, an African-American who is also a judge on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; and Jane Kelly, a white woman and former public defender who has served on the St. Louis, Missouri-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since April 2013. United States Department of Justice/Handout via Reuters/Files ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTX26TOP

Sri Srinivasan is a member on the U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia Circuit and may potentially be President Obama’s leading choice to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. If this were to happen, he would be the first Asian American to be a part of the high court, according to the Washington Post.

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