Faculty Senate Diversity Committee By-Laws

Article I Name

This committee, a permanent committee of the Faculty Senate, shall be known as the Faculty Senate Diversity Committee.

Article II Purpose

The purpose of the Faculty Senate Diversity Committee is to advise the University on and make recommendations regarding the promotion of policies, curricular enhancements, and campus events designed to foster respect for all people. To that end, the committee will support and design programs and events which:

  1. Promote a diverse student body at CCSU.
  2. Promote a diverse faculty at CCSU.
  3. Promote and advocate that the principles of diversity are incorporated into all hiring and promotion decisions.
  4. Promote multicultural competence.

Article III Membership

Joining: Attendance at Faculty Senate Diversity Committee meetings is open to all current CCSU students, faculty, administrators, and employees. Membership can be attained in either of two ways: (1) by nomination or self-nomination in response to the annual call for nominations by the Elections Committee of the Faculty Senate each spring, or (2) by submitting a request for membership to the Chair of the Diversity Committee. Members who join the committee through the annual election process receive immediate voting privileges; those who join by submitting written requests will be vested with voting privileges after 30 days on the Diversity Committee membership roster. The term of membership is one academic year, and there is no limit to the number of years a member may serve, nor is there a limit to the number of members who may serve on the Committee.

Expectation of members: At the beginning of each semester, the Chair of the FSDC will contact all current members to determine a meeting time that works for the greatest number of members. Members who cannot attend due to conflicts of schedule can choose to resign for that semester or join and attend one of the FSDC subcommittee meetings. Each FSDC member who teaches a course is expected apply for at least one D-designated course. In an effort to better advocate for students regarding issues of diversity on campus, each member of the FSDC is expected to become a liaison for at least one student group by either attending monthly meeting of the student group or by having monthly contact with the student president of the group.

Membership recordkeeping: Once the academic year begins the Chair of the Diversity Committee is responsible for keeping membership records and is responsible for informing the Senate President monthly of any additions or subtractions from the initial membership of that academic year.


Article IV Officers

The committee shall have a Chair, who will schedule and conduct meetings, a Vice-Chair, who will assume the duties of the Chair in the Chair’s absence, and a Recording Secretary, who shall record and distribute the minutes of meetings. The Chair and the President of the Faculty Senate will be jointly responsible for managing the finances of the Committee. The officers will be elected at the first meeting of the Committee in the fall semester, subject to a call to meet issued by the President of the Senate.

Article V Meetings

The Chair shall call meetings as needed, with no less than one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester. Meetings are to be conducted informally, unless, at the discretion of the Chair, rules of Procedure require enforcement. If so, the committee will be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order, in its most recent edition. A quorum shall consist of 20% of the Committee’s total membership.

Article VI

A simple majority at any scheduled meeting may amend these by-laws provided the proposed amendment(s) is distributed by the Committee Chair via e-mail at least one week in advance of the meeting at which the proposed amendment will appear on the agenda.