The BRICK Constitution can be downloaded here.
The following document includes the Constitution and Bylaws for the Building Revolution by Increasing Community Knowledge (BRICK) student club at South Puget Sound Community College , in Olympia , WA . This document should serve to guide and inspire the students engaged with this ongoing project in civic participation at S.P.S.C.C., as well as provide a source of continuity from year to year.
BRICK is a chartered student club at South Puget Sound Community College open to all members of the S.P.S.C.C. community. BRICK began as the Political Action Community Club in 2001 and obtained this form and constitution in the fall of 2003.
We see the world’s many problems of inequality, war, violence, oppression, poverty, and injustice. We recognize the effects these immense social issues have on us as students and as people. We acknowledge our roles and responsibilities in confronting these problems. We affirm the active role we must play in their solution. We have hope in our power as students, citizens, and people to create a better world.
- Purpose And Mission
- Vision And Values
- Organizational Goals
- Organizational Structure
- Committee Structure
- Decision Making
- LOGO and use of name B.R.I.C.K
Purpose And Mission
BRICK is Building Revolution by Increasing Community Knowledge. BRICK will utilize creative and diverse educational approaches to promote student awareness and advocate progressive social change.
Vision And Values
BRICK is committed to:
- Informing and educating the community about important social issues.
- Providing a forum for and awareness of alternative ideas and information.
- Upholding equality, freedom, and social justice.
- Fostering communication and devising peaceful solutions.
- Encouraging civic participation and empowering student involvement.
- Promoting the rights and health of people and the environment above corporations.
- Deconstructing the hierarchies and oppressions of the status quo.
- Working with diverse community groups for social change.
- Supporting new, creative and just institutions.
- Creating fun and diverse social movements on campus.
BRICK seeks to:
- Research, analyze, and disseminate information and alternative viewpoints on social issues through flyers, television, radio, lectures, speakers, debates, films, publications, and forums.
- Empower student participation in political, civic, and campus decisions.
- Network with other progressive and diverse community organizations and express solidarity with global revolutionary movements.
- Host weekly campus educational events.
- Develop and maintain a website and email list of BRICK activities and issues.
- Develop and maintain a campus bulletin board for political discussion, information, and announcements.
- Submit articles to the Sounds on social issues.
- Table about BRICK and its goals weekly in the Student Union.
- Maintain status as a chartered student club and recruit new members.
- Conduct regular internal training’s and skill shares for BRICK members.
- Operate in a transparent, non-hierarchical, and effective manner as an organization.
- Execute these goals in fun and creative ways!
This S.P.S.C.C. student club will be known as BRICK (Building Revolution by Increasing Community Knowledge).
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All students currently enrolled at S.P.S.C.C. are eligible for membership. BRICK will elect annually (or as needed) the offices of advisor, webmaster, treasurer, and historian. Because BRICK is a non-hierarchical organization, club officers hold no special power in the group. Any active BRICK member may sign college and official documents providing they have the consent of the group. Community members and SPSCC alumni may attend meetings but are non-voting and may not receive club funds.
BRICK will operate with a collection of smaller standing and ad hoc committees to accomplish organizational goals. These committees will meet outside of the regular weekly meetings to accomplish their tasks and goals and contribute to the organizational mission. These committees include, but are not limited to:
Administrative Committee – This standing committee is made up of the club advisor, a club treasurer, a club historian, a club webmaster, and any other interested members of BRICK At each meeting these individuals will report on college and administrative news, the club budget, and the club website. BRICK’s Administrative Committee will keep a transparent and accurate account of its history, decisions, activities, and finances.
- Advisor: A current S.P.S.C.C. faculty member will advise BRICK Advisor responsibilities include giving advice and guidance to the club, assisting in year-to-year continuity, and assisting with club administration including maintaining club records for accountability. The primary responsibility for the club rests with the student members, not the club advisor. The current advisor is David Hyde. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or called at (360) 596-5284.
- Treasurer: The responsibilities of the club treasure include keeping track of all club monies spent, maintaining and filing all financial records, and assisting in the annual budgeting process.
- Historian: The club historian is responsible for maintaining an orderly record of BRICK events, flyers, and paperwork. Additionally the historian will maintain any scrapbook or sentimental relics. The club historian has primary responsibility for maintaining the club file box.
- Webmaster: The BRICK webmaster has the primary responsibility of updating and maintaining the BRICK website (www.spsccbrick.org). Preference in hiring is given to a BRICK member, then to SPSCC students, then to outside contractors. All paid web work must be completed to the satisfaction of the BRICK club and the BRICK advisor.
Projects Committees – These committees will be created on a temporary and as needed basis to accomplish tasks (host events, order equipment, create literature, etc.).
- All project committees should have adequate numbers of BRICK members to accomplish their tasks. Projects lacking adequate volunteers will not get done, and thus should not be undertaken. New members are encouraged to join existing project committees and more experienced members are encouraged to mentor newer members.
- All project committees must have a contact person . Responsibilities of the contact person include being aware of the following information regarding a project: Who is on the committee, when and where does the committee meet, what time and place is the event(s), what/who is the event, what are the financial costs for the project.
- All project committees are responsible for providing the following for there projects or events: A contact person, a title of event, a location, adate, a time, a project cost/budget, any necessary facilities or equipment, setup/cleanup, promotion/flyering/A-boards , and any other necessary components to completing the project or hosting the event.
- All project committees operate with a degree of autonomy . BRICK will not micromanage committee projects, but committees will provide project information to BRICK upon request. All committee decisions will be made in accordance with BRICK decision making guidelines outlined in this document.
BRICK will be operated as a non-hierarchical consensus-based club. BRICK will operate under a principle of trust and respect amongst and between club members. Committees and individuals are encouraged to take on responsibility and autonomy in completing their projects. While many smaller decisions may occur informally, any committee member at committee meetings, or any BRICK member at weekly meetings may ‘call for consensus” on any issue they find non-trivial. When consensus is called for, the committee or BRICK will utilize a more formal consensus process to arrive at a decision agreeable to all. A quorum is required for consensus decisions at weekly meetings. A quorum is defined as at least half of the number in attendance at the last weekly meeting. A document explaining the consensus process will be available to view on the club website, and regular training’s on the consensus project will be hosted for club members. All decisions will be made in accordance with SPSCC student rules, the student handbook and the W.A.C. All financial practices will be consistent with student activity policies.
BRICK will meet weekly during the fall, winter, and spring quarters, and as needed during the summer. BRICK committees will meet as needed, but should meet regularly and be prepared to summarize their work at the full meetings. At each meeting, a facilitator will be appointed for the next meeting. The facilitator is responsible for preparing the next week’s agenda. Members wishing to place items or proposals on the agenda should contact the facilitator via the internal email list at least 24 hours before the meeting. Each meeting will also appoint a note-taker to take and post minutes. Agendas and minutes must be distributed via the club list-serv in a timely manner. All significant decisions should be made and all significant issues raised at club meetings. BRICK members will act respectfully, professionally, and non-hierarchically toward all other BRICK members at all club and committee meetings.
LOGO and use of name BRICK
BRICK’s Logo and name appear on the front of the document. Any use of the logo or name should occur with the consent of the group. The logo, name, and website should appear on all authorized club publications and documents.
Changes to this document may be made at any time by a consensus decision of a quorum of the club at a regular weekly meeting.