Building Bridges is a student-initiated, student-led diversity conference dedicated to addressing the pressing social and global issues of today. We strive
…to promote mutual respect and understanding about diversity throughout college campuses and larger communities
…to lay a foundation for opening up dialogue throughout the world community
…to bring student delegates of various settings, situations, and interests together to discuss matters of global diversity
…to address global diversity in a proactive, social, and informative way
Building Bridges Constitution
The name of this organization shall be Building Bridges.
The purpose of Building Bridges shall be to promote mutual respect and understanding about diversity throughout college campuses and larger communities.
Section 1: Membership in this organization is open to all students who believe in the mission of Building Bridges.
Section 2: The following categories of membership exist in Building Bridges:
Co-chairs (those chosen by the previous co-chairs and advisors)
Business Manger (person chosen by the previous co-chairs and advisors to manage finances)
Committee Members (those who volunteer to be a part of the organization)
Section 3: The Co-chairs and Business Manger are chosen by the previous year’s co-chairs and advisor. Committee members are accepted throughout the year so long as they are in good standing with the College.
Section 4: A member may remain a member in good standing as long as they attend meetings during the semester and support the mission of Building Bridges.
Section 1: The following officer positions shall exist in Building Bridges: Co-chairs (2 positions available), Business Manager, and Peer Advisor. All officers must be full-time students in good standing enrolled at Gustavus Adolphus College. The co-chairs must be at least Junior or Senior standing.
The Peer Advisor must have been a co-chair from a previous year.
Section 2: The duties of each office are described as follows:
A. Co-chairs (2)
1. To organize and preside over meetings
2. To function as a spokesperson for Building Bridges
3. To facilitate communication between executive board members
4. To work with the advisor and other executive bard members to create yearly goals for the organization
5. To facilitate monthly Executive Board meetings
B. Business Manager
1. To maintain the finances of Building Bridges and keep accurate records of all financial matters
2. To coordinate fund raising efforts
3. To assist in the development of yearly organization goals
4. To attend monthly Executive Board meetings
C. Peer Advisor
1. To work with the Co-chairs and advisor to create yearly goals for the organization
2. To assist the Co-chairs in the development of the organization
3. To attend monthly Executive Board meetings
Section 3: Candidates for office must apply around the beginning of April. The application will include a discussion of their commitment to the organization and what they hope to accomplish if they receive an office. Candidates for office will be interviewed by the Advisor and previous years Co-chair. They will be notified of their acceptance by the end of April.
Section 4: Term of office begins immediately upon acceptance in the beginning of May.
Section 1: Meetings will be held bi-weekly during the fall semester and weekly during January Interim and spring semester. The Executive Board will meet at the beginning of each semester to set meeting dates. The Co-chair will set the agenda for the meetings with input from all members and Executive Board members.
Section 2: Decisions are made by voting-brought to the floor by a motion and a second. A majority shall allow the vote to pass.
Section 3: The Co-chairs or Advisor have the capability of calling special meetings for any matters they feel cannot wait until the next regularly scheduled meeting.
Section 1: The Executive Board shall be comprised of the Co-chairs, Business Manager and Peer Advisor.
Section 2: The Executive Board shall meet once a month to discuss the planning of organization events. At the board’s first meeting of each semester, they shall set the dates of Building Bridges, meetings, as well as, develop organizational goals.
Section 1: The standing committee for Building Bridges will conduct all the planning related to Building Bridges Conference. The Co-chairs will lead the committee. The committee will be divided into subcommittees which are: Social, Workshops, and Publicity. All members may serve in some capacity on one of these committees.
Section 1: Funds of the organization shall be raised primarily through Student Senate allocation and fundraising from departments.
Section 2: Upon dissolution of Building Bridges, any financial assets will be credited to the Gustavus Adolphus College.
Section 1: By-Laws may be established by organization members and reviewed each September. Any member in good standing can propose the by-laws. They will be prepared for voting by the Executive Board members and submitted to members in writing prior to meeting where voting is to take place.
Section 2: All members in good standing are eligible to vote, but must be present at the meetings to do so. A majority vote is needed to allow the by-law to pass.
Section 1: All members of Building Bridges that are in good standing may propose Amendments. The proposed amendments will be reviewed by the Executive Board members and submitted to members in writing at least 2 weeks before voting is to take place.
Section 2: All members in good standing are eligible to vote, but must be present at the meeting to do so. A two-thirds majority is needed to allow the amendments to pass.
Section 3: If amendments are passed, they take effect at the end of the meeting during which they are passed.
Date of Ratification: 30 April 2007