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Grand Valley State University Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA).
The purpose of this Association shall be to:
Section 1. Build and Create a Sense of Community
Section 2. Advocate for, and Support the Recruitment, Retention and Advancement of GVSU Black Faculty and Staff
Section 3. Advocate for, and Support the Recruitment, Retention and Graduation of Black Students
Section 4. Network and Collaborate
Section 1. The membership of this Association is open to all faculty and staff of Grand Valley State University.
Section 2. Eligible Voting Members will consist of the GVSU’s faculty and staff that are current members of the BAFSA’s e-mail discussion list.
Section 1. The officers of the Association shall consist of two Co-Chairpersons, along with a faculty Co-Chairperson, a Recording/Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, Social Committee, and Historian. These officers shall perform the duties prescribed by these Bylaws and the parliamentary authority adopted by the Association.
Section 2. The Co-Chairpersons shall appoint an Elections Task Force in February. The Elections Task Force will issue a call for nominations of candidates for the positions to be filled. Candidates will submit a brief statement of qualifications. The Elections Task Force shall report the names of qualified candidates to the membership.
Section 3. The election of officers shall be by ballot of the majority of the eligible voting membership each March. Officers will serve according to the terms of each office.
Section 4. The Co-Chairpersons will serve a two-year staggered term.
Section 5. The Recording/Corresponding Secretary shall serve a two-year term. The term of office shall begin in May. The duties of the Recording Secretary shall be:
Section 6. The Treasurer shall serve a two-year term. The term of office shall begin in May. The duties of the Treasurer shall be:
Section 7. The Historian shall serve a two-year term. The term of office shall begin in May. The duties of the Historian shall be:
Section 8. The Social Committee shall serve a two-year term. The term of office shall begin in May. The duties of the Social Committee shall be:
Section 9. A member cannot hold more than one office at a time, unless there is no one available to fill that position, and no member will be eligible to serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office, unless there is no one to fill that position. If a member is unable to continue serving on the Board, s/he will be replaced by the first runner-up in the election and will continue to serve until the term has expired.
Section 1. The Co-Chairpersons, Recording/Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, Social Committee, and Historian of the Association shall constitute the Executive Board.
Section 2. The Executive Board shall have general supervision of the affairs of the Association, determine hours and meeting location, make recommendations to the Association, and perform other duties as are specified by this Charter. The Board shall be subject to the orders of the Association. The Board shall act as the official representative of the Association for purposes of: communication with GVSU administration other campus organizations or their officers, and news media.
Section 3. Unless otherwise ordered by the Board, regular meetings of the Executive Board shall be held monthly (except in July). Special meetings of the Board may be called by the Co-Chairpersons.
Section 1. Meetings will be conducted in accordance with this Charter and Robert’s Rules of Order.
Section 2. The general membership meetings of the Association shall be held in September, December, February and April of each year, unless additional meetings are requested by the Executive Board or one-third of the membership of the Association.
Section 3. All meetings will have an agenda and business will be conducted in the following sequence: Call to Order, Guest Speaker (if one is present), approval of past meeting minutes, Co-Chairperson’s report, Secretaries’ Reports, Treasurer’s Report, Social Committee Report, Historian’s Report, Committee/Tasks Force Reports, Old Business, New Business, Announcements, Adjournment.
Section 4. The Executive Board will meet monthly from August through June of each year.
Section 5. Special meetings may be called by Co-Chairpersons or the Executive Board.
Section 1. The Executive Board shall appoint committees or sub-committees as deemed necessary.
Section 2. Standing Committees. Two such committees shall exist:
The Charter may be amended or repealed by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of members present at meeting. The proposed amendment must be submitted to the membership at least one meeting of the membership prior to the amendments being submitted to a vote. The Charter will be reviewed at least every two (2) years.