August Conference 2020 Virtual

This year’s conference will be hosted virtually. Something new and different due to the times.

August 8th – 9th, 2020

General

The annual National August Conference is one of two national conferences hosted by Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. per year where sisters from all over gather to attend. August Conference is generally known as the conference in which National Board is re-elected for the academic year by the active schools. We will not be having elections this year as we are in the process of a national restructure.

Each active school must send at minimum 2 active members to Conference, ideally their President and Program Educator(s), to meet requirements. If either cannot attend, a proxy must be sent in their place. The Program Educator and President’s Meeting will coincide at the same time on Sunday in the morning.

Sisters are also expected to attend at least 3 of the 6 provided webinars. We suggest dividing and conquering so that you can share out any learned information with your respective chapters/associate chapters!

Conference links will be sent directly to the email you used to registered so please check there. If you are sure you registered and you did not receive them by 8/5, please contact Vida Law at kpl.vp.adm@gmail.com

Schedule

Please note the schedule is in East Coast Time (EDT). Make your adjustments accordingly!

For webinar descriptions, please refer to the Webinars tab.

2020 August Conference - Saturday

TIMEEvent
11:00 - 12:30 PM EDTNational Updates and Q&A
12:30 - 1:30 PM EDTBREAK
1:30 - 2:30 PM EDTSUNSET Interest Group Presentation
2:30 - 3:00 PM EDTBREAK
3:00 - 4:00 PM EDTInterim Board of Directors Update
4:00 - 4:30 PM EDTBREAK
4:30 - 6:30 PM EDTTown Hall
6:30 - 7:00 PM EDTAwards

2020 August Conference - Sunday

TIMEEvent
11:00 - 12:30 PM EDTPresident's MeetingPE Meeting
12:30 - 1:30 PM EDTBREAK
1:30 - 2:30 PM EDTWEBINAR SESSION 1
Black Influences in Greek LifeBreaking Cultural Barrier: Sexual Assault Prevention in Asian Greek Community
2:30 - 3:00 PM EDTBREAK
3:00 - 4:00 PM EDTWEBINAR SESSION 2
Power at the Polls!Black Trans Women Matter
4:00 - 4:30 PM EDTBREAK
4:30 - 5:30 PM EDTWEBINAR SESSION 3
Sustainable Allyship: How to level up your social impact“Let’s Talk About Sex” (Discrimination Policies, Consent and Educational Resources)

Town Hall

On Saturday, we will be conducting a Town Hall consisting of panelists who will be answering the frequently most asked questions and topics requested from the registration survey. We will be covering topics such as:

  • Active House Operations
  • Black Lives Matter, and
  • Sexual Assault/Risk Management

Sisters will also have an opportunity to ask questions and we will try to answer them and have a discussion as time allows.

Our panelists will consist of our current National Board members, Kelsey SanAntonio *Proof*, Jamy Drapeza *Enthrall*, Gina Atkins *FireProof*, and Maxilia C. Desir *Advocate*.

Webinars

Webinars

Session 1

Black Influences in Greek Life
Hosted by NAPA Black Coalition – Maxilia C. Desir *Advocate* (Eta Chapter), Desiree Hampton, Kalani Ledesma, Mister Whitfield, Jose Gerez, Aldalina Charles, Romel Scott, and Tyra Baker 
This presentation will follow how there’s a strong influence of Black culture within Asian Greek life. We highlight the divine nine organizations, trends that sisters follow and their origins , and what is occurring in today’s political climate!

Breaking Cultural Barrier: Sexual Assault Prevention in Asian Greek Community
Hosted by LeAnna Smith *SABERTOOTH* (UNCC Assoc. Chapter) and Sudan Zhuang *Eunoia* (Gamma Assoc. Chapter)
This workshop will discuss sexual assault and the devastating consequences it has in Greek life for womxn and men, specifically touching on the Asian Greek Community.  The topics of bystander effect and grooming behavior will also be discussed.

 


Session 2

Power the Polls!
Hosted by Julie Wu from APIAVote
The upcoming 2020 elections hold high stakes, and the voices of young voters are more critical than ever! This workshop will provide an understanding of where the AAPI community currently stands in regards to civic participation in addition to recognition of the unique barriers that our communities face when voting. Attendees will learn the basics of voter registration and vote-by-mail, and recognize best practices for organizing voter engagement initiatives in the midst of the global Covid-19 pandemic. It is critical to uplift the voices of the AAPI community to ensure that our issues are recognized and addressed. APIAVote aims to amplify the voices of AAPI college students, and provide resources and opportunities to take action.

Black Trans Women Matter
Hosted by Jamy Drapeza *Enthrall* (Epsilon Assoc. Chapter) and Kathy Trinh *La Rosa* (Sigma Chapter)
Black trans women’s lives matter. From gender-based violence to racism, this workshop will introduce the lives and deaths of Black trans women to illustrate how and why we need to value their needs for safety and justice. Attendees will be able to deepen their knowledge and understanding of intersectionality, examine our own internalized oppression, and connect with the issues facing Black trans women.


Session 3

Sustainable Allyship: How to level up your social impact
Hosted by Lena Chhay *Incendio*, Joie Ha *Vergani* (Denver Assoc. Chapter), and Gina Atkins *FireProof* (Alpha Epsilon Chapter)
“Being an ally is not an identity, it’s a process.” You’ve done the rallies and protests, you’ve shared some posts- but now what? Learn how to level up your allyship and find out more about how to stay involved in solidarity with other communities during this workshop! Create an action plan for your activism Find your lane in tackling social issues and systemic inequity. This workshop is great for both folx that are looking to get involved, and for folx that have already been involved and are looking for new ways to stay engaged.

“Let’s Talk about Sex” (Discrimination Policies, Consent and Educational Resources)
Hosted by Kelsey SanAntonio *Proof* (Rho Chapter)
Learn more about what behavior constitutes as sexual discrimination and sexual misconduct, how universities may respond to these prohibited behaviors and the options and resources available to individuals who witness or experience such conduct.

Speakers

Webinar Session 1 Speakers

NAPA Black Coalition

NAPA Black Coalition serves to provide a unified space for those who identify as Black in APIDA Greek organizations. NAPA Black Coalition, also known as NBC, is an open and safe space to communicate, organize, and mobilize. We aim to bridge the gap between the Black Community and our supporting allies. Being NAPA’s premier Affinity network, NBC focuses on addressing issues that affect the Black community within greek-life, inside and out of APIDA. Concurrently, we hold ourselves responsible to both uplift our Black community and to carry out our shared values in ensuring effective and efficient functioning of this created space, alongside its safety in all.
Members:
Maxilia C. Desir *Advocate* | Kappa Phi Lambda, Eta Chapter, Rutgers University, Spring 2017
Tyra Baker *Älloya* | Sigma Psi Zeta, Alpha Omicron Charter, Indiana University, Spring 2019
Mister Whitfield *Reverence* | Delta Epsilon Psi, Alpha Beta Chapter, Wayne State University, Fall 2016
Aldalina Charles *Proxima* | Delta Phi Lambda, Epsilon Chapter, University of Central Florida, Spring 2019
Kalani Ledesma *NIRV🌺NA* | alpha Kappa Delta Phi, George Mason University Colony Chapter, Spring 2020
Romel Scott *Quicksilver* | Delta Epsilon Psi, Lambda Chapter, University of Central Florida, Spring 2019
Desiree Hampton *REV🦋RIE* | alpha Kappa Delta Phi, George Mason University Colony Chapter, Spring 2020
Jose Gerez *Aurelius* | Delta Epsilon Psi, Alpha Eta Colony, Binghamton University, Spring 2017

Hosting Black Influences in Greek Life.


 

LeAnna Smith *SABERTOOTH*
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Associate Chapter
Fall 2018

LeAnna Kim Smith is an undergraduate student in her senior year, completing a degree in Exercise Science with minors in Psychology and Public Health.  She currently works as an acrobatics teacher for a local dance studio.  She is a sexual assault survivor.  She is passionate about raising awareness about sexual assault as well as advocating for survivors.

 

 

 

Sudan Zhuang *Eunoia*
Gamma Chapter at Syracuse University
Spring 2015

Sudan Zhuang currently lives in Seattle, Washington working for Microsoft as a Program Manager. Outside of work, she enjoys creating various forms of art. She is very passionate about self-development and social goods. She is a firm believer that growth and comfort don’t coexist.

Hosting Breaking Cultural Barrier: Sexual Assault Prevention in Asian Greek Community.

 

 


Webinar Session 2 Speakers

Julie Wu
APIAVote

Julie Wu (she/her) is the Programs Associate at APIAVote and works with the Youth Ambassador program and as a graphic designer. Julie is a 2018 graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.A. in studio art. During her student organizing days, she has served as the Chairperson of the Midwest Asian American Students Union (MAASU). Julie hopes to provide support and amplify student voices through her current work.

Hosting Power the Polls!

 

 


Jamy Drapeza *Enthrall*
Epsilon Associate Chapter at New York University
Spring 2009
Town Hall panelist

Jamy (they/she/siya) is a Licensed Master Social Worker that provides therapy services to individuals, couples, and families in New York and DC. Jamy is also Co-Director of Lead the Way, a leadership development program for women of color executive directors that serve in the nonprofit and social service sectors. They are an experienced startup launcher and operator with a passion for healing justice, especially in service to Black and Brown women, girls, and non-binary folx. As a genderqueer non-binary person, Jamy identifies under the transgender umbrella term and contributes their personal experience as well as their professional knowledge on the importance of intersectional feminism and ending gender-based violence. She lives in Virginia with her partner and her cat.

 

Kathy Trinh *La Rosa*
Sigma Chapter at University of Connecticut
Fall 2017

Kathy (she/her/hers) is a rising senior and undergraduate at the University of Connecticut double majoring in Psychology and Women’s, Gender, & Sexualities studies. As an aspiring abolitionist and radical feminist organizer, she seeks to challenge not only individual bias, but the deep, systemic issues of discrimination and inequality in our society. Although her career path is currently unknown, Kathy wishes to be an activist in her lifetime with a focus on issues regarding race, gender, and sexuality. She is currently the president of Sigma chapter and strives to motivate sisters to advocate for and contribute to the wide fight for black and queer liberation. Kathy’s other interests include writing, music, and valuing time with her family. She currently lives in Connecticut and is looking to either apply to graduate school or live in Boston after graduation.

Hosting Black Trans Women Matter


Webinar Session 3 Speakers

Lena Chhay *Incendio*
University of Denver Associate Chapter
Spring 2013

Lena Chhay crossed in 2013 at the University of Denver associate chapter. Her degrees include a BA in political science and an MBA. She served on KPL’s National Board in 2016-2018 as Regional Consultant 4 and has since remained involved as an alum advisor, addressing anti-Blackness committee member, and a big to her 5 littles. When she is not working or organizing workshops, she is playing animal crossing, chess, or annoying her cat named Cat.

 

 

Gina Atkins *FireProof*
Alpha Epsilon Chapter at North Carolina State University
Fall 2017
Town Hall panelist

Gina Atkins crossed in 2017 at the Alpha Epsilon chapter, and currently goes to graduate school at her Alma Mater at North Carolina State University. While she studies Rhetoric and Composition, her research specializes in academic activism and the creation of anti-racist pedagogy. And when she’s not teaching English 101, she enjoys reading fanfiction, playing Animal Crossing, and daydreaming about eating hot pot again.

 

 

Joie Ha *Vergani*
University of Denver Associate Chapter
Spring 2013

Joie Ha is an activist and organizer for the Asian Pacific Islander American community in Colorado. She has a BA in Anthropology and a Masters in Development Practice with a focus on holistic methods of treating mental health for the Vietnamese refugee community in Denver. She has completed development work in Malaysia as a Community Development Officer in Kampung Sungai Suloh, and Cambodia as a researcher regarding how hip-hop can create fictive kin for youth enticed by the familial aspects of gangs. She currently works as a Partnership Specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau, specializing in outreach for undercounted populations.

Hosting Sustainable Allyship: How to level up your social impact.

 


Kelsey SanAntonio *Proof*
Rho Chapter at University of Florida
Fall 2005
Interim Board of Directors
Town Hall panelist

Kelsey has been a member of Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. for fifteen years. Kelsey has served on Kappa Phi Lambda’s Board of Directors since January 2018 and prior to serving as a leader on the national level, has held several leadership positions within the Greek community. In her professional life, Kelsey works in Higher Education Legal Compliance and currently works as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator for The University of Tampa (UT). Prior to her position with UT, she served as a System Title IX Investigator for the University of South Florida (USF) where she investigated allegations of sexual misconduct and as an Attorney for the State of Florida’s Guardian ad Litem Program where she advocated for abused and neglected children. Kelsey received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Family, Youth, and Community Science from the University of Florida, her Master of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from USF, and her Juris Doctor Degree from Barry University School of Law. Kelsey holds current bar licenses in both Florida and Kentucky and is a certified county mediator.

Hosting “Let’s Talk About Sex” (Discrimination Policies, Consent and Educational Resources).

FAQ

Is there a registration fee?

Due to the virtual format and our first time hosting conference in this manner, we will not be charging a registration fee.

What if I can only partially attend conference?

That is fine considering the flexibility of the virtual format. However, if you are an active, depending on when you attend, your attendance may or may not count for the active school conference requirement. We will be reviewing attendance logs to track attendees. We require every active school to send at least two delegates to conference as per usual.

Where are the conference links?

You will be receiving conference links in the email you used to register. If you have not received them by August 5th, 2020, please contact Vida Law at kpl.vp.adm@gmail.com.

You should expect the following links:

  • One link for the whole day on Saturday
  • Six separate links for each Sunday webinar
  • If you are President or Program Educator (or a proxy for either), you will receive a separate email with a link for your respective Sunday meetings.

It is expected for Sisters to attend 3 of the 6 provided webinars on Sunday to count for attendance. We recommend dividing and conquering so that your school is able to share out any learned findings to the rest of your school.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Vida Law at  kpl.vp.adm@gmail.com.

Non-Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. members are ineligible to attend unless invited by National Board.