Constitution for the Augustana Coalition for Social Justice

PREAMBLE
The following document is the constitution of the Augustana Coalition for Social Justice.

ARTICLE I ---Name
The name of this coalition will be the Augustana Coalition for Social Justice (ACSJ).

ARTICLE II ---STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Section I:
The Augustana Coalition for Social Justice will work towards promoting awareness about social justice issues.

Section II:
This will include but not be limited to:
A: Promoting social justice for people who are marginalized because of their sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical handicap, race, color, national or ethnic origin, economic status, and groups marginalized for other reasons in the Augustana community, the state of South Dakota, and the world.
B: Providing information and education for the Augustana community, the state of South Dakota, and the world.
C: Providing a means to network with other organizations and groups in the Augustana community, the state of South Dakota, and the world.
D: Empowering people who share common goals, concerns, and interests as equals.

ARTICLE III ---NON-DISCRIMINATION CLAUSE
The Augustana Coalition for social Justice will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identity, religious affiliation, political affiliation, age, national, origin, ethnic origin, or disabilities. This non-discrimination policy covers membership, access, and treatment in Augustana Coalition for Social Justice Programs, activities, and elections. The Augustana Coalition for Social Justice will make every reasonable effort to ensure all official activities are accessible to all.

ARTICLE IV ---MEMBERSHIP

Section I:
Membership will be open to all individuals who would like to participate.

Section II:
Members will be expected to:
A: Uphold an environment that fosters academic growth, personal exploration, and tolerance.
B: Make an effort to preserve and uplift the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of other members.
C: Work to keep sensitive issues as confidential as possible while still working to promote awareness of social justice issues.

Section III:
All members who attended at least one prior meeting are eligible to vote at meetings.

ARTICLE V ---OFFICES AND ELECTION PROCEDURE
Section I: The officers who compose the Executive Council of the Augustana Coalition for Social Justice shall consist of two student Co-Chairs and a Faculty Advisor who serves as treasurer.

Section II:
The Executive Council will handle all affairs and delegate responsibilities with consensus of the members. They will also appoint committees as needed.

Section III:
Other offices may be created as need arises.

Section IV:
The Executive Council will be elected by a majority vote (two votes over one-half of the members in attendance).

ARTICLE VI ---MEETINGS
The Augustana Coalition for Social Justice will meet no less than once per month.

ARTICLE VII ---BUSINESS MEETINGS PROCEDURES
Section I: Co-Chairs will preside at the meetings.

Section II:
Minutes will be kept at each meeting responsibly, and approval at the next meeting. Duties will be rotated.

ARTICLE VIII ---ADVISOR
The Augustana Coalition for Social Justice will have a minimum of one faculty advisor who possesses faulty/staff status at Augustana College.

ARTICLE X ---AMENDING GOVERNING DOCUMENTS
Section I: One or more voting member(s) may submit an amendment to this constitution I writing to the Executive Council for review.

Section II:
The Executive Council shall present the amendment in writing at the next meeting of the Augustana Coalition for Social Justice, and a copy of the amendment will be given to each member.

Section III:
Voting will occur at the next meeting. A simple majority vote (one vote over one-half of the voting members in attendance) will be sufficient to amend the constitution.