Bylaws

ALFAS BY-LAWS

ARTICLE I – NAME AND ACRONYM

The name of the organization shall be “Association of Latino/a Faculty and Staff.”  The official acronym of this association shall be ALFAS.

ARTICLE II – GOAL AND OBJECTIVES OF THE ORGANIZATION

ALFAS is an organization for faculty and professional staff devoted to representing, addressing the needs, and raising awareness about issues that pertain to University of Connecticut’s Latinos. ALFAS seeks to advance educational and work opportunities that would enhance the status of Latinos within the University community.  The organization has the following objectives:

  1. To work closely with the University administration in reaching established University strategic goals for diversity in recruitment, retention and advancement of Latino faculty, staff, and students.
  2. To advocate for an environment that represents Latinos in a positive light within the University community.
  3. To provide a forum for the discussion of issues that pertains to the overall well being of the Latino community.
  4. To represent and be a voice for the Latino community on University of Connecticut campuses.
  5. To increase the representation of Latino faculty and staff on University committees, boards, searches, and commissions.
  6. To create a network of support among University of Connecticut Latinos.
  7. To disseminate relevant information to all Latino faculty, staff and students.
  8. To collaborate with other Latino entities throughout the University community, in providing representation and/or policy recommendations as needed at the local, and state level.

ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP AND DUES

Section 1.  There shall be no discrimination for reasons of religion, age, race or color, marital status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.

Section 2.  Membership

  1. Individual membership shall be open to full-time faculty members and staff employed at the University of Connecticut at the main and regional campuses.
  2. Individuals shall become active members in good standing upon payment of dues and upon approval of the Executive Committee.
  3. Rights of the membership. Active members shall be eligible to vote, hold office, and attend meetings at the organization.  They are also entitled to all benefits and services by the organization.

Section 3.  Dues.  Annual membership dues shall be established by vote of at least two thirds of the members present at a duly called meeting.  Members can revise dues upon solicitation.

ARTICLE IV – MEETINGS

The members of the organization shall meet monthly, or as otherwise provided by the bylaws of the organization.

ARTICLE V – STRUCTURE OF THE ORGANIZATION

Section 1.  The organization shall have the following standing committees:

  1. Executive Committee
  2. Membership Committee
  3. Public Relations Committee
  4. Development and Scholarship Committee
  5. Social-Cultural Committee
  6. All other committees shall be ad hoc and as such be formed by ALFAS active membership when such need arises.

Section 2.  The Executive Committee shall consist of a President, a Vice-President, a Treasurer, a Secretary, and a Member-at-Large.

Section 3.  Elections of the Executive Committee shall take place in the business meeting of the month of February.  New officers will assume responsibilities in the month of March of the same year.  No officer shall be elected to serve for more than two consecutive years in any office.  The officers shall be chosen by vote of at least two-thirds of the members present at a duly called meeting.

Section 4.  The functions of the Executive Committee members shall be as follows:

  1. The President shall preside at all meetings, shall represent the organization in dealings with outside groups and institutions, shall promote the organization’s mission and programs, shall have the tie breaking vote at all meetings, and shall have the power vested by the organization to make spontaneous decisions on behalf of the organization. The president will be in office for two years and will be replaced automatically by the Vice-President.
  2. The Vice-President shall assist the President in the daily operations of the organization and shall represent the organization at various meetings and related activities.
  3. The Treasurer shall maintain the organization’s accounts and provide the Executive Committee with periodic reports on the organization’s finances.
  4. The Secretary shall take minutes, shall handle all of the organization’s correspondence and shall be responsible for organizing and sending the minutes and agendas to the Executive Committee members and to the General membership. The Secretary shall also keep the organization’s files, and shall clarify issues or problems for the organization’s members.
  5. The Member-at-Large shall contribute to the Executive Committee deliberations as appropriate, serve on the Development Committee, serve on the Public Relations Committee, and complete special assignments made by the President.

Section 5.  The Membership Committee shall review matters that pertain to membership in the organization, nominations to committees, election of officers, and report to the Executive Committee on these matters.

Section 6.  The Public Relations Committee shall be responsible for the dissemination of information and the establishments of contacts with outside individuals, groups and institutions, maintain and coordinate a web page, and shall report to the Executive Committee on these matters.

Section 7.  The Development and Scholarship Committee shall be responsible to obtain funding for the establishment of scholarships to help members or their children, and shall report to the Executive Committee on these matters.

Section 8.  The Social-Cultural Committee shall be responsible for the organization of socio-cultural activities for the members of the association, and shall report to the Executive Committee on these matters.

ARTICLE VI – GENERAL MEETINGS

Section 1.  General meetings shall be held at least once each month.

Section 2.  Special meetings may be called by the President or by three fifths (3/5) of the members.  All members must be advised of such meetings at least one week in advance.

Section 3.  Any member of the organization may submit an item(s) for the agenda and must inform the President at least one week in advance.

Section 4.  One half of the membership plus one (1/2 + 1) shall constitute a quorum at all General Meetings.

ARTICLE VII – AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS

All amendments to these bylaws shall require at least two-thirds affirmative vote by the membership.  Amendments shall be proposed at one of the regular meetings then debated and voted upon at the next regular meeting, or through majority vote in a special meeting.

ARTICLE VIII – ACCRUED FUNDS AND ASSETS

In the event that the organization is dissolved, the Executive Committee members shall determine the appropriate action to be taken for all accrued funds and assets of the organization.