Womyn Creating Consciousness Collectively - Constitution

Article I: Name and Purpose

   Section 1: The name of this organization shall be: Womyn Creating
          Consciousness Collectively – (WC3)

    Section 2: This organization hopes to:

         A)    Connect existing and future pro feminist, pro-womyn, and pro-equality activists, individuals and groups together.
         B)    Act as a resource for the Women’s Studies Advisory Council, which influences the future of MSU’s Women’s Studies Program.
         C)    Provide educational and activist opportunities empowering marginalized populations both on campus and in our community.

Article II: Membership
   
    Section 1: This organization is open to those students who have an interest in MSU’s  Women’s Studies Program, are pro-womyn and for empowering                     marginalized  populations both on campus and in the community.  Meetings are open to those who wish to attend. This organization will NOT and                  refuses to discriminate on the basis of age, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, heights, marital status, national                       origin, political persuasion, race, religion, veteran status, or weight.  Only MSU students may hold positions of responsibility, which are outlined             under Article III.

    Section 2
: A person becomes a member of Womyn Raising Consciousness Collectively (WC3) by attending a single meeting, signing the attendance sheet                 for that meeting and becoming part of the WC3 email list.

                A)    The member registrar will entail the member’s name and email address, including any other information the member would like to disperse    
                        (phone number, address, etc.). 
   
    Section 3:  To remain a member in good standing the member must attend at least two  meetings a semester or participate in other WC3 activities
            throughout the semester.  If able to attend meetings, the member must serve as one of the following on a per semester basis:  The Scribe (Secretary),                 Meeting Facilitator, Organization Representative, the Women’s Studies Representative, or Bank (treasurer).  These responsibilities are outlined in                     Article III.

Article III: Responsibilities (Officers)
   
    Section 1:  There will be no president or vice president in this organization.  Nor will the title officer, which connotes that there is some sort of power                         hierarchy, be used.   The term Co-President will be used for the Names due to the necessity to have some sort of “head person” for MSU to contact.              These people, however, will have no other power than any other individual in the organization. There will be individuals who will have responsibilities to             fulfill but will not have any more power than any other member does.
   
    Section 2:  Terms of each responsibility.

            A)    The Meeting Facilitator:
                    1)    Will consist of a different member a monthly basis.
             B) The Scribe
                    1) Will consist of a different member on a monthly basis
            C) The Organization Representative
                    1) Will consist of a different member on a monthly basis.
            D)    The Bank (Treasurer)
                    1)    Will be held by a single member from the beginning to the end of an academic semester.
            E)    The Women’s Studies Advisory Council Representative
                    1)    Will be held by a single individual for one full year as in accordance with the elections held by the Women’s Studies Program Undergraduate                             Students.
            F)    The Names
                    1)    The responsibility of the Names will be held by three individuals for the course of a semester.  They will be voted on during the first meeting of                             every semester.

    Section 3:  Attaining the roles detailed in Section 2.

            A)    The roles of the Meeting Facilitator, the Scribe, and the Organization Representative will be filled in the following way.
                    1)    These roles will be filled immediately before the meeting on a volunteer basis. 
                            i)    If one does not feel comfortable fulfilling a certain role, the individual will not have to act in that role for that specific meeting.  No one will                                   be forced to take part in a role that they feel uncomfortable with filling.
                            ii)    In the event that not enough members are present at a meeting to fill all roles, some members must take on more than one role for that                                        meeting.
            B)    The Bank
                    1)    This responsibility will be determined on a semester basis.  The individual will be chosen by nomination and secret ballot.  Members may                                     nominate themselves for this position.  The vote will take place the last month before the end of the given semester for the
                            following semester or at the beginning of the next.
            C)    The Names
                    1)    This responsibility will be determined on a semester basis.  The individuals will be chosen by nomination and secret ballot.  Members may                                 nominate themselves for this position.  The vote will take place the last month before the end of the given semester for the following semester.
            D)    The Women’s Studies Advisory Council Representative
                    1)    This responsibility will be determined by the yearly elections held by the Women’s Studies Program.

    Section 4:  Duties of each responsibility.
       
            A)    The Meeting Facilitator
                    1)    The individual filling the role the Meeting Facilitator shall conduct the meeting in an uniform way that is detailed in Article IV.
            B)    The Scribe
                    1)    The individual filling the role of the Scribe will be responsible for taking detailed notes/minutes of the meetings and email them to all                                             organization members and those non-members who wish to receive a copy of the meeting minutes.
            C)    The Bank
                    1)    This individual filling the role of the Bank will be responsible for keeping detailed records of the organization’s monetary account, including                                 withdrawals, deposits and expenditures.  The individual is responsible for reporting the organization’s account activities and monetary totals at                             every meeting.
            D)    Women’s Studies Advisory Council Undergraduate. Rep.
                    1)    The individual fulfilling this role is responsible for acting as a communicator and liaison between the Women’s Studies Advisory Council and                                 the organization and its members.  The Representative is responsible for giving both parties reports on each party’s activities on a per meeting                             basis and more frequently by email if important information needs to be dispersed.
            E)    The Organization Representative
                    1)    This individual will be present in the bi-monthly meetings with the Women’s Studies Organization Advisor.  They will share responsibility with                             the Women’s Studies Advisory Council’s Undergraduate Representative in dispersing necessary information to the members of the                                             organization.
            F)    The Names
                    1)    This responsibility requires that three individuals whom, besides the Bank, will have their names put on the organization’s monetary account                                with the University.  These individuals will be responsible for assisting the Bank in the withdrawal of funds due to the fact that any withdrawal                            requires two member signatures.

    Section 5:  Removal of an individual from a responsibility
            A)    An individual failing to maintain membership in good standing and/or is not fulfilling the responsibility requirements may be removed at anytime by a                     50% + 1 vote by the general membership.  This vote can only take place during a meeting.

Article IV: Operating Procedures
   
    Section 1:  The meetings will take place monthly or bi-weekly with no less than one meeting per month.

            A)    The time and place of the meetings will be decided upon during the last month of the current semester for the following semester.  This will be                             decided upon by group vote in order to accommodate as many members as possible.  This vote will take place via email in order to assure the                         most input from all the members.  The email will be directed to the Women’s Studies Student Representative and the meeting facilitator for the last                     meeting of the semester.  These two individuals will email the results of the vote out separately to all members in order to assure for accurate                             count.  The following semester’s meeting dates and times will be decided before the last meeting of the current semester.
   
    Section 2: Meetings will be run in a non-hierarchical fashion.  The facilitator will be responsible for ensuring the every group member has a voice employing             creative tactics to even out power dynamics.  The facilitator will follow guidelines for running the meeting as attached to the end of this constitution.
   
    Section 3: Any committees set up by the organization will be through group vote.  These committees will be set up and implemented as they are needed.

Article V: Amendments

    Section 1: Any member in good standing my propose an amendment during a meeting.

    Section 2: How amendments are made and approved
            A) An amendment must be proposed by a member of WC3.
                 1)    If a member is not able to make it to the meeting, the member may email the Scribe for the meeting of concern one day before the meeting and                             cast her/his vote.
            B)    A different member must then second the amendment.
            C)    Another member must then make a move to discuss
            D)    A different member must then make a move to vote.
            E)    The amendment will then be voted upon by secret ballot.
            F)    The ballots will be collected and counted by the Scribe who will announce the results during the same meeting and record the amendment and the                     number of votes for, against, and any abstains.
            G)    In order for an amendment to be passed there must be 50% + 1 votes for the amendment.

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