Latinx Faculty and Staff Association Mission Statement and Bylaws

Latinx Faculty and Staff Association (LFSA) consists of self-identified Latino/a/x faculty and staff at Wayne State University. Our presence enriches the university because of our contributions and our commitment to the intellectual and community life at Wayne State and the greater Detroit area.

Article I. Name and Purpose

Section 1. Name

The name of this group shall be the Latinx Faculty and Staff Association of Wayne State University.

Section 2. Mission Statement

The mission of the LatinX Faculty & Staff Association is to build an inclusive community and provide support for Wayne State's Latina/o/x faculty, staff and students across all levels and across the entire campus community.

Section 3.

The purpose of the Latinx Faculty and Staff Association is to:
  1. Create a welcoming environment that facilitates networking and relationship-building
    among our members and other community groups at Wayne State,
  2. Promote recruitment, retention, recognition and advancement/tenure of Latina/o/x
    faculty and staff,
  3. Provide mentorship, advocacy and leadership on issues that are relevant to the needs of
    students, faculty and staff, and
  4. Act as a liaison and providing a platform at the University for Issues that affect our
    community including academic, employment, financial, social and legal.

Article II. Membership

Section 1.

Eligible voting/active members will consist of the WSU's Latina/o/x Faculty, Staff and
allies. A current voting/active member shall be required to volunteer and participate in at least
one committee membership which can be chosen when joining the group.

Article III. Steering Committee

The Steering Committee shall be the governing body of Latina/o/x Faculty and Staff Association.
All members of the steering committee are voting members. The steering committee shall
consist of:

Chair

  • Is responsible for scheduling and running meetings, interfacing with other organizations on campus and the Wayne State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI).
  • Drafts end-of-year reports to the ODI.
  • Serves as spokesperson for the group.
  • Serves a two-year term.

Vice-Chair

  • Acts on behalf of the chair in the chairs absence.
  • Oversees all committees and conducts elections.
  • Serves a two-year term, with the opportunity to serve as Chair the subsequent term.

Communications Officer

  • Maintains the emailing list, social media platforms, university support systems and websites.
  • Handles all requests to be added to the email list and sends out all approved copy and communications to the membership.
  • Serves a two-year term; elected in odd years.

Secretary

  • Responsible for taking, keeping and distributing all the minutes, and books and records of the Steering Committee, as well as for all of the communication with the Steering Committee.
  • Responsible for communicating with third parties on behalf of the committee as requested by the chair and the vice chair, and as may be requested by the Steering Committee.
  • Serves a two-year term; elected in even years.

Treasurer

  • Keeps track of all budgetary items.
  • Reports on funds at meetings, has access tracks and handles all invoices and payments. 
  • Serves a two-year term; elected in odd years.

Engagement and Outreach Officer

  • Develop and track opportunities for faculty and staff to foster interaction, education, and coalition building through social events.
  • Coordinate and plan activities with the support of steering committee and volunteers.
  • Serves a two year-term; elected in even years.

Academic Policy and Research Officer

  • Updates membership on relevant academic and research opportunities and events.
  • Work in collaboration with other leaders and administrators through joint academic or professional development activities.
  • Serves a two-year term; elected in odd years.

Article IV. Meetings

Section 1.

Meetings shall be set by the Steering Committee.

Section 2.

The first annual meeting shall be held on the first Wednesday of November at which time elections will occur for the upcoming term beginning the first day in January.

Article V. Elections

Section 1.

Nominations shall be made by the membership for the Steering Committee.

Section 2.

Seven members shall be elected to the Steering Committee.

Article VI. Special Committees

Section 1. 

The Chair from time to time may appoint additional or special committees. Membership of committees will consist of all active members of the Association. No committee shall take any action committing the Association without the express authorization of the Steering Committee.

Article VII. Amendments

Section 1. 

Amendments to these Bylaws may be proposed in writing by the Steering Committee or any members of the Association and shall be submitted to a vote of all members. Changes in the Bylaws will be considered at the annual meeting. In addition, the Steering Committee can call special meetings of the membership if needed for amendment changes. The majority in all votes shall be held decisive.