Alianza Latino Americana
We the Latino Students of Columbia University, in the City of New York, establish the Alianza Latina Americana (here-after known as A.L.A.) for the purpose of representing and advocating the interests of the Latino Communities at Columbia University and abroad.
This is to be accomplished through:
I. Organizational Structure
will be open to all affiliated to any of the Columbia University divisions who identify with the Latino experience, and who are willing to participate and contribute to the enhancement and achievement of the groups goals.
An upperclasssman must participate actively in at least one of the committees and attend general body meetings regularly, in order to be considered a member of A.L.A.,. As for the first year class, they have the option to use their first semester in A.L.A. as an observational period. This will allow it to see which committees interest it and if A.L.A. meets its needs. In their second semester in A.L.A., they will have to confirm their membership in A.L.A. by making a commitment to at least one of the five committees. (Note: It is advised that no member may join more than two committees, if in good academic standing, and only one committee, if on academic probation.)
b) Executive Board:
1) President: This position will be open to members who have actively participated in the A.L.A. board for two semesters of more. The president will be the spokesperson for A.L.A. in any university related affairs. He or she will chair the general meetings and, with the help of the co-chairs, set up an agenda.
The president will be the spokesperson for A.L.A. in any university related affairs. He or she will also chair the general meetings and, with the help of the co-chairs, set up an agenda. The president also has the role of advisor to the Educational Task Force Committee. Any matters left in question by any member of A.L.A., shall be brought forth to the president or the two co-chairs for a final resolution.
2) Co-Chairpersons: These two positions are open to members that have actively participated in A.L.A. for two semesters or more. Their responsibility is to supervise two of four committees. One co-chair will monitor the Political/Social and UMB Committees. The other co-chair The other co-chair will monitor the Communications. The co-chairs will alternate in chairing the weekly board meeting which are attended by the president, the two co-chairs, the: committee chairs, the secretary, and the treasurer. The co-chairs also aid the president in any matters of delegation.
3) Secretary: This position is open to first year students only. The secretary's responsibilities include taking the minutes and attendance during the general and board meetings. The secretary aids the president in whatever documentation is necessary. The secretary must also provide the Communications Committee and general membership with a directory of the members.
4) Treasurer: This position is open to all members who have actively participated in A.L.A. for two semesters or more. The treasurer is responsible for budgeting A.L.A.'s events and appeals. He or she will also be responsible for attending all Polity meetings and submitting a budget to Polity. The treasurer offers financial advise to the committee chairs and is responsible for all financial dealings related to the organization.
c) Standing Committees:
1. Recruitment/Community: Tasks throughout the academic year.
2. Communications Committee:
Tasks throughout the year:
Tasks for a particular event
3. Social/Political Committee
1. Prices for entertainment groups.
2. To be aware of events already planned and allocated money for.
3. Contracts for all programming and expenses.
4. Educational Task Force:
This committee will exist to develop programs of educational benefit of Latino Students on this campus by:
a. General Meetings
These will be held every two weeks and chaired by the President. The purpose of these meetings is to inform the general membership of upcoming events, have forums, and guest speakers.
b. Committee Meetings
Will be held once a week, depending on the activities of the committees, but no more than once every two weeks. Progress reports are to be prepared for the Board meetings. Each committees participation will be monitored.
c. Board Meetings
Alternately held by the chairs every week in order to advise and monitor the progress of each committee. Committee chairs are to submit their minutes to the secretary and hear a financial update from the treasurer.
III. Elections and Decisions:
a. For Election of Officers:
Elections for the executive board positions will take place at the end of the spring semester. Nominations of offices for members who qualify will be made two weeks before the elections to give members an opportunity to carefully consider the nominees and their duties.
b. Removal of Officers and Members:
1. Impeachment Procedure:
against an officer accused of misconduct and or incompetence will proceed in the following manner,
2. Impeachment procedures:
Against a member accused of conduct that is detrimental to the organization will follow the same format as the procedure for the impeachment of officers.