Pi Delta Psi Official Address regarding Anti-Racism and #BlackLivesMatter solidarity

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was murdered in handcuffs, lying face down, and begging the officers for his life. George was an African-American man who was killed by Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer accompanied by three other officers: Tou Thao, Alexander Keung, and Thomas Lane. Alongside the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, Pi Delta Psi extends our deepest condolences to all who are affected by the countless injustices that our African American colleagues, friends, and family members have continued to face. We stand in solidarity amongst our friends in the African American community as we find these incidents to be a horrendous lapse in justice and human rights.

During a time of anger and confusion, we understand the issues at hand are extremely sensitive. We understand that when one speaks on the conditions of life, we speak only from our experience and because of that, it is difficult to represent all bodies of different views. However, in recent weeks, there is indisputable proof of a discussion needing to be had; an attempt to build a connection and a bridge to facilitate ideas for the different bodies that make up America.

Pi Delta Psi recognizes the shared vulnerability and the call to action in response to violence and racism. We see the unstable structures of privileges that make life livable for the few whether it is based off political, racial, or ethnic differences. Regardless of our own individual beliefs, our fraternity brought brothers together from similar adversity struggling to succeed in America. We witnessed the hardships and discrimination of the system that we still witness today. But despite it all, we understood amid the confusion and suffering, the need to stand tall next to each other. Side by side, being able to reevaluate and improve upon our flaws and limitations with each other. The trials and tribulations we face collectively while dealing with our own problems give us the determination and tenacity to thrive in the face of calamity. To make the impossible, possible.

As an organization whose mission is to embody excellence (with a pillar dedicated to Cultural Awareness), Pi Delta Psi condemns any and all acts of racism and those who willfully believe in such. As leaders, it is our duty to educate future members on the importance of nullifying anti-blackness sentiment that has plagued this country for as long as it has existed. For as long as they have carried the burden for us in the past, it is more important now than ever to stand alongside them as well.

In times where racism rears its face, we must all join in strength to stand for what is right and fight to protect one another from its reach. Pi Delta Psi urges support from our brothers to take action against racism and its rhetoric, as we see neutrality to be a form of oppression. Though faced with adversity, when united together there is no adversity we cannot overcome.

Pi Delta Psi would like to stand by with the Black Lives Matter movement. We must join and demand the for what this movement calls for: a livable life. We must remember and remain vigilant in ensuring righteousness for all. It is not about a conformity of all nonwhite groups. It was never about them versus us. Our message never changed. It has always been about valuing all life and finding our place in humanity because they — whoever they are — are all of us.

We do not call for violence, but we do call for action. In order to create ripples that will influence the tides of change, listed are some of the actions you can take provided by the National APIDA Panhellenic Association (NAPA):

  • Learn to recognize and understand your own privilege, and examine your own biases.
  • Validate the experiences and feelings of Black lives.
  • Avoid racist language and call it out when you see or hear it (i.e. microaggressions, stereotyping, and derogatory language such as the N-word.
  • Vocalize your support for the Black community and share their stories.
  • Educate yourself and others about colorism (discrimination based on skin color).
  • Support the Black Lives Matter movement, pro-Black progress, and Black organizations.
  • Get involved in your company or school’s works or local campaigns to expand opportunities for Black lives.
  • Avoid appropriating a culture that is not yours.
  • Have an open and honest discussion with children, family members, or others about racism.
  • Read books or articles on racial inequality, social injustice, and history of Anti-Black racism.
  • Reach out to local, county, state, and government representatives to voice your concerns.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Pi Delta Psi joins in celebrating 𝐀𝐀𝐏𝐈 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡 with the many generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have helped shaped America’s history. During the month of May, we pay tribute to the achievements of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community who not only fought hard for our rights, but persevered through it all. We’ve seen many historic highlights and moments, but we will never know the process of each thread that was intricately woven to create the foundation we have today. Here are only a few of the many people we would like to give honorable mentions to: ⁣

• Wong Kim Ark sued the federal government, resulting in the decision that the government could not deny citizenship to anyone born in the United States.⁣
• Chien-Shiung Wu, an immigrant from China, made history in providing pivotal work for the Manhattan project.⁣
Kalpana Chawla, the first Indian-born woman to fly in space in 1996, made significant contributions to both science and the U.S. space shuttle program.⁣
• Larry Itlion, born in San Nicolas, Pangasinan in 1913, immigrated to the United States in 1929. After seeing fellow Filipinos and immigrants who were mistreated and paid poorly, he helped set up labor unions and joined strikes to demand fair wage.⁣

We welcome everyone in this amazing commemoration even through this global pandemic. This May in particular, we find ourselves fearing for our identity and the conditions we face as Asian Americans. With the rise of xenophobia in the wake of this coronavirus, it has never been more necessary to emphasize the contributions of those who paved the way, by continuing to further enrich the progress, and carry the torch. Refusing to stay down, enduring whatever that may come our way, and understanding the pride we deserve to feel. We only hope to follow in their footsteps, striving to one day add our own threads to history.⁣

Happy #AAPIHeritageMonth! To a thousand more! #AY

COVID-19 National Board Statement

“I heard of other Asians being assaulted over this, but when you are actually ridiculed yourself, you really feel it.” – Dr. Edward Chew

As we all know, we are currently facing a global pandemic; a dynamic, evolving situation. Businesses are closing, hospitals are overwhelmed, and people are suffering. As countries around the globe work to fight this unprecedented outbreak, our hearts go out to those who are affected. We ask everyone to please take proper measures to ensure safety for not only their loved ones, but for others as well.
 
The response to COVID-19 spawned another menacing issue: xenophobia and racism. As the Coronavirus spreads, we began to witness acts of discrimination in forms of verbal and physical attacks against the Asian communities, including restaurants, districts and its people. We view these unrighteous acts against our APIA community as inexcusable. In a time when all people are facing a future that is uncertain, we must not let this be our undoing- we must stay united.

Call your loved ones. Wash your hands often. Donate to those in need. Support your local (Asian) businesses. Thank your friends who work in healthcare. Help your neighbor who doesn’t have a car get groceries. Be there for each other – for in trying times like these is when we, as people, need each other most.

More empathy. More positivity. More unity.

AY

Phreezy “Final Cut” Naufaldy & David “Kommence” Park
National Co-directors of Public Relations

Founders Week

Happy 26th Founder’s Day to all of the men of our brotherhood.

Each and every single one of our brothers has contributed to the continued growth of Pi Delta Psi.

The embodiment of our Four Pillars reverberating throughout each campus we’ve raised the torch at, is evident in the excellent men that bear our letters.

The gratitude we have for our Founding Fathers for raising Pi Delta Psi’s first torch for Asian American interest, cultural awareness and camaraderie at Binghampton University which cascaded into our organizations growth and solidarity, is unparalleled.

26 years have passed, but so many more have yet to come.

AY 94

George Mason University promoted to Alpha Gamma Chapter

This past weekend, the brothers of the Alpha Gamma Chapter at the George Mason University graciously hosted our 2020 Winter Conference!
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Our brothers who came from across the nation came together to rekindle the flame of our Brotherhood and also to celebrate GMU’s promotion to the Alpha Gamma Chapter!
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Congratulations on your promotion bros! We are very proud of your accomplishments and we cannot wait to see what else you all will accomplish! Remember to raise the torch wherever you are and to strive to achieve excellence through brotherhood!
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AY

National Summer Convention 2019

This past weekend, our National Convention was successfully held and hosted by three schools: @neupdpsi, @umasspideltapsi, and @uconnpdpsi along with the guidance of the Director of Convention Planning: James Yang! Amazing job gentlemen!
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The weekend was filled with growth, great memories, rekindling, and most of all: brotherhood!
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Massive shoutout and thanks to all of the brothers who hosted professional workshops and shared your knowledge and skills with our undergraduate and alumni brothers!
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Much love to all of the chapters and colonies that came out to Boston and showed us that the Torch is well lit with all the AY. You all are the reason why our brotherhood stands strong and continues to Ignite the Torch across the nation!
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25th Year Anniversary Convention done, here’s to next year!

Puerto Rico Relief

In light of the recent devastation in Puerto Rico brought about by Hurricane Maria, the Brothers of Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, Inc. will be collecting donations and raising funds for all those affected. Despite making landfall over a week ago, many Puerto Ricans are still without food, water, and basic housing supplies. Power outages are widespread in the island and could be out for months in some areas.

Please help our Brothers collect items to be sent to Puerto Ricans in need. Tampa brothers will be using the donations raised to purchase household items such as plasticware, paper towels, toothbrushes, etc. If you are in the Tampa area and would like to donate locally, all donations can be dropped off at 4916 S Lois Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611 Monday to Saturday, from 11AM to 7 PM.

Thoughts On Charlottesville

Regarding recent events that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Board of Directors and the National Executive Board of Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, Inc. express heartfelt condolences to the families of Heather D. Heyer, Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen, and Trooper Berke M. M. Bates, who lost their lives during this incident.

As an organization that advocates for Asian cultural awareness, we not only support our Brothers who exercise their voice in the fight against racism, bigotry, and social injustice, we support all people of good will who do the same.

While we use the word “fight” for this continuing struggle, it is a metaphor. We specifically condemn all forms of violence, particularly violence used to thwart political discourse and free expression of ideas.

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Announcing our National Board of Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, Incorporated!

On the weekend of October 21, 2016, volunteers from various chapters and different cities came to Ithaca, home of Kappa Chapter at Cornell University, to plan the future of Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, Inc. From inside of the conference room to the beautiful gorges of Ithaca, our volunteers gained fresh perspectives and discovered their true sense of purpose as leaders of the organization. During the retreat, guest speakers from various backgrounds and organizations were invited to share their experiences and knowledges with the volunteers.

Hannah Seoh, Chair of the National APIA Panhellenic Association (NAPA) and Bilal Badruddin, National President of Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity and Assistant to the Vice President & Dean of Residential Life and Student Support at Colgate University, provided their perspectives and guidance to the volunteers as members from different organizations. Both guests have years of experience in association management, campus advising, and interfraternal relations.

A member of the Association and Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) provided an overview of AFA engagement, interfraternal relations, and other works on campuses across the nation. A student panel consisting of members from the NAPA sub-council of the Multicultural Greek Letter Council (MGLC) shared their insights on chapter/national relationships and individual chapter operations. Alumni members of the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., also shared their personal insights and chapter history.

Pi Delta Psi Retreat was an opportunity to gather dedicated volunteers to address, reflect, and identify strategic goals for the fraternity. I was inspired by the commitment and energy from everyone during the weekend. We have an amazing group of volunteers stepping up to lead the fraternity and had insightful guest speakers.

I am so honored to have been the host of this year’s retreat and am pleased to announce the incoming National Board 2016-2017 for our organization.

National Executive Council (Two year terms)
National President: John Loata Jr. ’03, MBA (Rutgers University)
Executive Vice President (EVP): Raphael ‘Raffy’ Rivera ’09 (University of South Florida)
Vice President of Communications (VPC): Alan Wang ’13 (George Mason University)
Vice President of Education (VPED): Jon Lin ’12 (Penn State University)
Vice President of Expansion (VPEX): Travis Shepard ’12 (University of Florida)
Vice President of External Affairs (VPEA): Gabe Lainez ’12 (George Mason University)
Vice President of Finance (VPF): Jason Reyes ’12 (University of South Florida)
Vice President of Operations (VPO): Jeff Gao ’10 (University of South Florida)

National Cabinet
Communications Team
Director of Information Technology: Kyle Nguyen  ’12 (George Mason University)
Director of Public Relations: Edgar Tran ’13 (George Mason University)
Historian: Eric Wu ’13 (University of Connecticut)

Education Team
Director of New Member Education: Austin Funes ’13 (University of Connecticut)
Director of New Member Education: Dan Acampado ’12 (Rutgers University)

External Affairs Team
Director of Academic Initiatives & Standards: TBD
Director of Advocacy: Ben Nguyen ’12 (University of Colorado at Boulder)
Director of Philanthropy: Prem Warde ’11 (University of Central Florida)

Operations Team
Director of Chapter Services, DMVTBD
Director of Chapter Services, Midwest: Meng Yang ’12 (University of Minnesota)
Director of Chapter Services, New York: Eddie Hsiao ’02 (Stony Brook University)
Director of Chapter Services, Northeast: Charles Laboy ’12 (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Director of Chapter Services, Southeast: John Nguyen ’12 (University of Florida)
Directors of Chapter Services, Upstate New York: Nick Butkowski ’09 (University of Rochester) & Tim Yip ’04 (SUNY Buffalo)
Director of Chapter Services, West: Minh Nguyen ’13 (University of Colorado at Boulder)
Convention: Kevin Lee ’11 (New York University)

Please see our website  for updated information of our volunteers here 

Fraternally Yours and Alpha Psi,

Vigor Lam ‘11, M.Ed.
Board of Directors, 2015-2018

 

 


 

Contact

Edgar Tran, Director of Public Relations
edgar.tran@pideltapsi.com
www.pideltapsi.com

Touch of Modern Featured on Cheddar.com

Many of our brothers are ambitious and adventurous when pursuing their careers. Most of them pursue opening their own businesses. In previous posts on our FB page and our main website, we featured Touch of Modern: a company modernizing men’s fashion through high quality products at unbeatable prices. This company is also owned by two of our brothers of Pi Delta Psi, Jerry Hum and Dennis Liu.
It is amazing to see how far the company has come. Recently, the company was featured on Cheddar, a news network focused on covering the most innovative products, technologies, and services.

Watch the link below to see the interview with Brother Jerry Hum!

https://cheddar.vhx.tv/videos/cheddar-cheddar-live-s2-e091616-b-full-mezz-hd-en-us?utm_source=fb