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
ARTICLE I: NAME The name of this organization shall be Building Bridges.
ARTICLE II: PURPOSE The purpose of Building Bridges shall be to promote mutual respect and understanding about diversity throughout college campuses and larger communities.
MEMBERSHIP 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, selected by the previous co-chairs and advisors. The following positions are selected by the Building Bridges co-chairs: Public Relations/Outreach co-chairs, Workshops co-chairs, action piece co-chairs, Projects co-chairs, Business Manger, and Committee Members (those who volunteer to be a part of the organization)
Section 3: 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.
OFFICERS 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
3. To facilitate communication between executive board members
4. To work with the advisor and other executive board members to create yearly goals for the
5. To facilitate weekly 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 with raising efforts
3. To assist in the development of yearly
4. To attend weekly 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 weekly
Executive Board meetings.
D. Sub-committee co-chairs
1. lead operations of the subcommittees under the discretion of the Building Bridges co-chairs.
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.
MEETINGS Section 1: Meetings will be held weekly starting the beginning of Fall semester until the Building Bridges Conference. The Executive Board will meet at the beginning of each semester to set meeting dates. The Co-chairs will set the agenda for the meetings with input from all members and Executive Board members.
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. ARTICLE
VI: EXECUTIVE BOARD
Section 1: The Executive Board shall be comprised of the Co-chairs, Business
Manager, peer advisor, faculty advisor, staff advisor and any other positions that the co-chairs deem necessary.
Section 2: The Executive Board shall meet once a week 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.
ARTICLE VII: COMMITTEES
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: Action Piece, Workshops, and Publicity/Outreach and Projects. 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 and .
Section 2: Upon dissolution of Building Bridges, any financial assets will be
credited to the Gustavus Adolphus College.
Section 3: Each of the Building Bridges Co-chairs will receive a funding stipend from the Building Bridges budget in the amount of $500.00 per semester at the conclusion of each semester.
BY-LAWS 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.
ARTICLE X: AMENDMENTS
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: May 14 2014