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The name of this organization shall be the Chicano Caucus of Columbia University.



Chicano Caucus seeks to provide its members who self-identify as Chicano, Mexican, or Mexican-American with an environment that will help them to fulfill their educational goals, to promote their cultural consciousness, and to help them become active in serving the needs of their community.

The goals of this organization in achieving this mission statement shall be:

To inform Chicanos from every region of the United States about higher educational opportunities. Particular emphasis on the strengths and weaknesses of an education at Columbia, and at other east coast universities, encouraging them to apply, and assisting them in the application process.

To initiate and participate in activities that foster inter-group relations, interaction among the Chicano Caucus, the Columbia Community, the New York and east coast Chicano, Mexican, and Mexican-American community.

To contribute through our active participation to the general well-being of Latinos, and towards the proper resolution of the problems facing these analogous peoples.


Section 1.

Membership is open to anyone who agrees to work to fulfill the goals of the Chicano Caucus and has read the Constitution.

Section 2.

Final authority for any actions taken on behalf of the Chicano Caucus shall be vested in the general membership. Each member is accorded one vote. On the occasion that a general membership vote be organized, a majority of those members present will pass on all issues and questions brought to a vote, except amendments to the constitution, elections, impeachment, and where otherwise stated. A majority vote shall be defined as greater of 50% of votes.

Section 3.

Amendments to the Constitution and any other issues not covered under Section 2 will require a simple majority of the quorum and a one-week waiting period before voting on said issue. Two thirds of the general membership shall constitute a quorum. Each member is accorded one vote.

Section 4.

All members elected to the executive board are general body members. In order to run for an elected position, the general body member must be nominated or nominate themselves for office. The winner is the candidate with the greatest number of votes. At any time during the tenure of the elected official, he/she can be impeached by civil majority of a quorum.

Section 5.

The general membership may delegate to the governing board, and all other branches under it, the authority to take actions necessary to fulfill the goals.

Section 6.

Membership may be withdrawn by revocation or resignation.

Section 7.

General body meetings will be open to all members. A modified informal parliamentary procedure will be observed at these meetings. General body members can amend the meetingÕs agenda.


Section 1.

The Executive Board is the visual representation of the Chicano Caucus of Columbia University. The Executive Board is elected by the general membership to serve the general membership. In the event of a time-sensitive situation, the executive board has the authority to make an immediate decision, but must then inform the membership of their actions at the next general membership meeting. The general membership has the authority to either accept or reject the actions or decisions of the Executive Board. In the event that the general membership does not agree with the decisions or actions of the executive board, the board must rectify their decision or action accordingly.

Section 2.

The membership of the Executive Board shall include a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Political Chair, Community Chair, Cultural Chair, Education Opportunities Chair, Alumni Relations Chair, Newsletter Editor, and Historian.

Section 3. Chair

It shall be the duty of the Chair to moderate all meetings, to serve as parliamentarian at such meetings, to promote the Chicano/a Community at Columbia University, the greater New York region, East Coast Chicano community, and in the U.S., to act as the spokesperson for the organization at all campus and community events and to organize production of monthly reports of activities, progress, and Caucus interests. In organizing meetings, the incumbent shall provide an agenda for each meeting; anyone wishing to include an item on the agenda must contact the President one day before the meeting.

Section 4. Vice Chair

It shall be the duty of the Vice Chair to serves as the Chicano Caucus representative to the East Coast Chicano Student Forum (ECCSF), to assist the Chair as needed, to assume all duties of the Chair, when necessary, as described under Section 3, and to assist in monthly reports of activities and progress.

Section 5. Secretary

It shall be the duty of the Secretary to contact the general membership and inform them of all meetings and events, to continuously maintain and update the membership list-serv, to organize the agenda for each meeting, and to record the minutes of all meetings and distribute them accordingly.

Section 6. Treasurer

It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to keep an accurate record of all Chicano Caucus transactions, to submit a monthly report of all these transactions, to be the primary individual that signs all Caucus expenditures that have been approved of by the general membership (or the executive board when necessary), and to serve as the Chicano Caucus representative to Activities Board of Columbia and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Section 7. Political Chair

It shall be the duty of the Political Chair to inform and educate the Chicano Caucus membership on both history and issues that currently face Chicanos/as, to serve as the Chicano Caucus representative to the United Students of Color Council and submit weekly reports on activities and initiatives. The incumbent shall also spearhead campaigns that politically affect the Caucus constituents.

Section 8. Community Chair

Section 9. Cultural Chair

Section 10. Education Opportunities Chair

It shall be the duty of the Education Opportunities Chair to collect and distribute information regarding scholarships, summer internships, graduate admission tests, and post graduate study at least once every month, to serve as an intermediary between the Chicano Caucus and academic departments at Columbia, and to work with Alumni Relations Chair in initiating educational opportunities via alums and spearhead campaigns and initiatives that promote educational equality.

Section 11. Alumni Relations Chair

It shall be the duty of the Alumni Relations Chair to compile and formulate a directory of Chicano Caucus Alumni, be the main link between such alums and current Caucus members, and initiate and propose events or resources through which the general membership can interact and network with the alumni.

Section 12. Newsletter Editor

It shall be the duty of the Newsletter Editor to compile and assemble all submissions and programming information to be included in each issue of the Newsletter El Laberinto. The Newsletter shall be published at least once a semester. Additional editions depend on the discretion of the Newsletter Editor and the general body members. The incumbent shall also be responsible for creating flyers and advertisements for Caucus events and campaigns.

Section 13. Historian

It shall be the duty of the Historian to compile newspaper articles, flyers, pictures and summaries of each Chicano Caucus event to provide historical documentation for future generations.

Section 14. Common Executive Board Duties

In addition to the outlined duties, all aforementioned positions are responsible for compiling and publishing an annual report. This annual report will be used not only to inform others of our activities and serve as archival information but also to aid in soliciting funds from outside sources.

Section 15. Other Leadership Positions

Under the discretion of the executive board and with a majority vote from the general membership, temporary leadership positions may be added to the executive board. Before the vote takes place, the general body membership must define the positionÕs duties and identify interested parties. If the temporary position passes, the general membership has the power to assign the candidate it deems most appropriate. Such a position will terminate at the time the originating executive board term expires. The position may become a permanent part of the executive board if a general membership vote is called and is passed by a quorum of members present.


The terms of office of each Executive Board member shall run from the end of the last general membership meeting of the fall semester until the election of the new Executive Board members. Any executive board members may voluntarily resign by means of a written letter address to the general membership where reasons are identified for such a decision. In the case a Board member resigns and thereÕs a vacant position, a general membership vote must be called upon and Caucus members notified of opportunity for their possible involvement. Current Board members that are interested in the vacant position may also bid for the position, but to do so must first resign from their current position. In the special case the Chair resigns the Vice Chair will assume the responsibilities of the Chair.


No expenditures of general funds shall be authorized except on the approval of the general membership, and executive board when necessary.


Proposals for amendments to the constitution may be made by any member of the Chicano Caucus. Proposed amendments must be reviewed by the general membership and put to a vote at least one week prior to their adoption. Ratification of the amendments will be conducted at any general membership meeting. Passage of amendments to the constitution or bylaws will require a quorum of the general membership.


All members of the Chicano Caucus may cast a ratification ballot. Ratification will require a yes vote by the majority of those present (see Article III Sec. 3.).