Institute for Global Citizenship Student Council (IGCSC) Charter
Original Document: September 2007
Reviewed Most Recently: February 2010
IGC Mission to encourage, promote and support rigorous learning that prepares students for lives as effective and ethical "global citizen-leaders"; innovative scholarship that enriches the public and academic discourse on important issues of global significance; and meaningful service that enhances such learning and/or scholarship while enriching the communities within which Macalester is embedded.
IGC Student Council Mission is to support the vision of the IGC by empowering Macalester students to engage with others in exploring meaningful understandings and expressions of global citizenship. Together with Macalester faculty, staff and alumni we seek to inspire visions and actions for a more ethical and just world.
The IGCSC serves as a planning committee for student-initiated projects, a source for student initiatives and representation in the IGC programs and committees, and a vehicle for an exchange of ideas and information among the IGC leadership, students and the college at large.
Article 1) Membership and Meeting
- The Student Council will consist of no more than 15 members each year.
- It will be composed in part of standing representatives nominated by students or faculty and staff and confirmed by the bodies they represent. Representatives include one member from the following (in no particular order):
- Civic Engagement Center
- International Students’ Issues
- Domestic Diversity Issues and Multicultural Life
- Campus Environmental Issues
- Multifaith Council
- Student Athletes Advisory Committee
- Macalester College Student Government
- Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Issues
- The Council will seek to appoint two first year members each year. There must be at least one representative of all other classes.
- Remaining council members will be considered at-large. The Council will seek to appoint one member from the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. If these requirements are not met by a representative of another body, at-large members will be appointed to fulfill them.
- Returning members may study abroad and remain part of the council for their semester at school, but new members must be present for a full year. If there are no returning Juniors or Juniors able to represent the council for a full year, a new member studying abroad in the spring may become part of the Student Council.
- While the Student Council has no term limits, if the council is oversized and still does not have all required representatives, at-large members will be asked to step down.
- Members must reapply to the Student Council each year. Their applications will be read by the Council’s advisors, who may ask a returning council member to step down, consulting other council members as they see fit. The reapplication process must occur before new member applications are sent out. Once reapplication is complete, the Council will meet to determine what positions are filled and what needs to be filled for the upcoming year. Information on positions needing to be filled will be made public in new member applications.
- All members have the right to participate, and all council decisions are made by consensus.
- No formal decision-making procedure can take place on the first meeting of the year (so that all members can participate in the first vote).
- Continuity in attendance is an expectation for all members. If a member misses more than three meetings per semester, he or she will be asked to step down for the remainder of the year, but is welcome to reapply for the following year. Members are expected to notify the entire council before missing a meeting. If there is prior notice for significant circumstances, the council can exempt this member from the attendance requirement.
- Members are expected to be actively engaged in IGCSC matters.
- All students are welcome to attend any weekly meeting, present suggestions, and participate in discussion.
- The Council shall meet for one hour weekly while school is in session.
- Given that council decision frequently carry over from first semester into second, council membership will remain consistent throughout the year with the exception of returning members coming back from study abroad.
- NOTE: In the event that regular attendance in the IGCSC is not sufficient to meet the aforementioned distribution of campus representation, regularly attending students 1 (who may represent any campus “interest group” listed or not listed above) will compose the council with the rights and responsibilities of any other member for the length of the semester. In the event that the IGCSC does not have full representation, at the end of the semester the sitting
- Members will have the responsibility to engage with all campus groups to solidify membership nomination plans. As membership is renewed each semester, this schema will not continue in perpetuity when those bodies to which the membership seats are allocated pursue the allocated spots.
Article 2) Member Duties
- Liaison(s) to the Campus Advisory Board - serves on the IGC Campus Advisory Board and meets regularly with advisor(s) to prepare for meetings and general planning.
- Meeting facilitator – brings meeting to order and provides direction for weekly meetings.
- Minute-taker(s) and Membership Manager(s)—duties include careful note taking of every meeting and sending minutes to email list. If a meeting is missed the minute taker shall be responsible for finding a replacement in advance. Duties also include keeping attendance, keeping track of which bodies are represented, and working with representative groups to ensure participation.
- Treasurer(s)—duties include managing funds, signatory power, and keeping the Council updated on the status of monetary resources.
- Publicity Coordinator(s)—leads the effort to promote Student Council programming on campus through various publicity methods.
- All positions will be formally approved by the members but are voluntary in nature. Should a volunteer not step up, a nomination process should proceed. Nominees may refuse nominations.
- Representatives to outside committee or sub-committees will be volunteer-based and formally approved by the members.
Article 3) Quorum, Decision Making, and Amending the Charter
- Quorum will be attained if 70% of the IGCSC membership is present.
- Decision-making will be made by unanimous consent and all members will be part of the decision-making process. If unanimous consent cannot be achieved, decisions will be made by a supermajority (75% of the votes).
• Members may vote for, against, or abstain during any movement and shall maintain the respect of other members.
- All meetings shall be publicand subsequently all movements shall be open to suggestions. The charter will be amended by unanimous consent, or failing that by a hyper-majority (80% of the votes).
Article 4) Relationship with the IGC
- The Student Council shall serve as a liaison between the student body, other IGC committees, and the deans of the Institute. It shall be committed to making significant contributions to the IGC and ensuring that IGC programming supports student initiatives and is accountable to student concerns.
- The Student Council affirms its agency and collective responsibility with other IGC bodies in advancing global citizenship through the Institute. The IGCSC has equal voice to other relevant bodies of the Institute in jointly defining, advancing and supporting global citizenship at Macalester College.
- In the spirit of collaboration, and where appropriate, all major decisions made by the IGC shall be discussed with the Student Council prior to implementation, and the Student Council will give feedback and recommendations. Likewise, appropriate, substantive decisions made by the Student Council will be discussed with all representatives within the IGC prior to implementation. The IGC bodies will be able to comment and advise changes before the Student Council makes a final decision.
- The student council shall have a discretionary fund ($2000 for 2012/13) accessible to them from the Dean of the IGC. This fund is intended to pilot initiatives and other independent student projects that further the mission of the IGC. Advisors (an Associate Dean of the IGC and Dean of Multicultural Life) will work with the council to ensure that this fund is spent in accordance with the goals and visions of the Institute and the policies of the college.
Article 5) Sunset Clause
- Amendments to this charter shall be approved in accordance to decision-making process in Article 3.
- This charter shall be reviewed and revised on a yearly basis, or when absolutely necessary as specified in Article 3.
Note: Regularly attending = attend at least three times a month, cannot miss back-to-back. Attendance will be tracked in the meeting notes.