The Coalition of Latino Organizations
The Coalition of Latino Organizations is dedicated in providing an better communicative, networking and structural environment for the various Latino student organizations and the advancement of Latino issues within the context of Columbia University.
Article I- Name
Section I. The name of this organization shall be Coalition of Latino Organizations hereafter referred to as the CLO.
Section 2. The Executive Officers and Chairs/Presidents from each of the Latino organizations shall constitute the Executive Committee of the CLO.
Article II - Purpose
Section 1. The purpose of this organization shall be to actively promote fellowship among the various Latino organizations, thereby, establishing a sense of unity. The organization shall be dedicated to effectively network and program among the Latino organizations to promote awareness of the various Latino cultures on campus.
Section 2. The Executive Committee of the CLO shall oversee various activities including the responsibilities of special Subcommittees, events sponsored exclusively by the CLO and provide guidance and organization of the CLO.
Article III - Membership
Section 1. Membership will be strictly limited those on the Executive Officers of the CLO; the Chair/Presidents of the various Latino Organizations participating in the CLO and the Student Recruitment Coordinators of the Minority Recruitment Committee of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. There will be no general membership.
Section 2. Only students who are currently enrolled in Barnard College, Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science may participate on the Executive Committee of the CLO. Members of the CLO Subcommittees may be enrolled in any division of the Columbia University.
Section 3. Membership may be revoked should a member or members fail to meet the necessary obligations without any justified reasons.
Article IV - Meetings and Procedures
Section 1. Meetings shall be held on a regular basis determined by the Executive Committee of the CLO.
Section 2: The Executive Committee, except the CLO Chair, is accorded one vote at CLO meetings. The Chair of the CLO shall vote when a tie occurs. Members of the Subcommittees are not able to vote.
Section 3: Policy decisions and formal votes are ratified if and only if two-thirds or more members of the Executive Committee submit votes of approval. The quorum shall be satisfied if two-third of the members of the Executive Committee are present.
Article - Executive Board
Section 1. CLO shall have the following officers: One Chair, Three Vice-Chairpersons: Alumni Relations, Community Service, Latino Programming;, One Newsletter Editor; and One Treasure.
Section 2. The Vice-Chairs along with their respective officer duties shall head their respective special Subcommittees or Pillars of the CLO. It shall be the duty of the Executive committee to recruit Subcommittee members. Subcommittees shall consist of the following:
Alumni Relations Committee: This committee shall organize and maintain an effective and productive network with the Columbia University Alumni Office as well as the Latino Alumni Association.
Community Service Committee: This committee shall organize on and off campus community service projects. This committee shall also organize and plan programs and services that will enhance our cultural consciousness. (e.g. Speakers)
Latino Programming Committee: This committee shall organize and oversee various programs and events celebrating and promoting a greater awareness of the diverse Latino cultures within the Columbia community. Latino Heritage Month shall be an exclusive program of the CLO.
Section 3. Additional Subcommittees shall be formed and dissolved through a written proposal and a vote by the Executive Committee. A two-third vote must be secured in order for the new committee to be sanctioned and old committee to be dissolved by the CLO.
Section 4. Chair: It shall be the duty of the chair to preside all meetings, act as the official advocate of the CLO and oversee the general functioning of the CLO, board meetings, committee meetings and various special events. The Chair shall insure that any action taken on behalf of the CLO by any officer or member is in fulfillment of the CLO goals.
Section 5. Vice-Chair: It shall be the duty of the vice-chair to oversee their respective subcommittees. Will aid the Chair in any matters of delegation or function of the CLO. The Vice-Chair may resume the duties of the CLO Chair in the event of his/her absence.
Section 6. Newsletter Editor: It shall be the duty of the newsletter editor to oversee the organization and publication of the CLO newsletter which will provide the membership, the Columbia community and other Latino communities of CLO issues and activities.
Section 7 Treasure: It shall be the duty of the treasurer to collect, disburse, and make periodic reports of all funds obtained in the name of the CLO.
Section 8. With two-third approval of the Executive Board, new positions may be created to accommodate the need should there be any.
Section 9 Each officer shall serve one year terms beginning in September and terminating in May. Officers may serve in a position for two terms only.
Article VI - Elections
Section 1. Elections shall take place during February of each academic year. All CLO elections shall be organized and executed by the Executive Board. All Executive Board positions described above are open to those who are currently members of the CLO Executive Committee; members in the CLO Subcommittees or the Latino Community. The CLO shall abide by the majority rule in which the candidate with most votes shall be declared the victor.
Section 2. All nominations & self nominations shall be recorded by the CLO Executive Committee. On election day, candidates maybe required to present a case for their candidacy. Elections shall be open to the public.
Section 3. The CLO Executive Committee shall be the only voting body. The Executive Committee, except the CLO Chair, is accorded one vote. The Chair of the CLO shall vote when a tie occurs. Voting shall be conducted in the form of secret ballot.
Section 4. An Executive Officer may be removed if an inability to carry out the duties (e.g. sickness) has not been adequately demonstrated. A two-third approval is necessary in order for the impeachment to officially be acceptable.
Section 5. In the event of mid-term vacancy, replacement shall be appointed by the current CLO Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall submit recommendations and formal votes are ratified if and only if two-thirds or more members of the Executive Committee submit votes of approval.
Article VIII - By-Laws
Section 1. By-Laws of the organization shall be established and altered by a vote of the Executive Committee after a discussion concerning the By-Laws. A majority vote will signify that the impending action regarding the by-law is approved.
Section 2. By-Laws of the Executive Committee shall be established and altered by a vote of the Executive Committee after a discussion. A majority vote sanctions the impending action. ,
Article - IX - Amendments to the Constitution
Amendments to the constitution can be proposed by any member of the executive Committee and at least ten committee members. In order for the amendment to be adopted, two-third approval by the Executive Committee is required.
Article X - Ratification
This constitution shall be established by a vote of a three-fourth majority of the members of the Executive Committee.