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CSU MSFN

Vision

A visible, inclusive, and engaged community that supports, empowers, and sustains underrepresented staff and faculty with multiple identities.

Mission

Guided by the Principles of Community, our mission is to serve as a catalyst to positively impact campus climate and culture by supporting recruitment, retention, and development of multicultural employees. We are committed to promoting collaboration through visible and meaningful engagement with Colorado State University and the greater community.

Values

  • Accountability: we believe that action has to be taken to foster justice on campus
  • Belonging: we believe that our community brings people together with compassion, empathy, respect, and helpfulness.
  • Development: we believe that our community is here to promote the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues
  • Empowerment: we are a community of leaders that are recognized by their commitment to meaningful engagement

Bylaws

Section 1.

Multicultural Staff and Faculty Network (MSFN)

Section 2.

Authorization: Recognized and supported by the office of the Vice President for Diversity at Colorado State University

Section 1.

Active membership shall be granted to any person who self-identifies as a person of color or with a community of color from the academic faculty, administrative professional, and classified personnel staff at Colorado State University or affiliate status. They will have the right to vote and to hold office. Members can participate in committees and be active participants in Network activities.

Section 2.

Alumni membership shall be open to former members of the MSFN. They may not vote or hold office.

Section 3.

Distribution list: An email distribution list of MSFN members will be maintained by the office of the Vice President for diversity. The list is to remain confidential and not be distributed to MSFN members or other entities.

Section 1.

Elected officers include the Chair, Chair Elect, and Nine Board Members.

Section 2.

Members will also include the Past Chair, a Secretary, and an Ex-officio Member. The Ex-officio member will be the Vice President for Diversity.

Section 3.       – Duties of officers

Chair
  1. Shall convene and preside over all meetings
  2. Shall sign all documents on behalf of the MSFN after review of the Board Members
  3. Shall act as a spokesperson for the committee
  4. Shall act as (or appoint) a liaison on campus committees
  5. Shall focus on accountability of the MSFN
Chair Elect
  1. Shall be an active Board Member
  2. Shall assume the role of Chair the following term or should the acting Chair vacate their seat
  3. Shall preside over meetings in the absence of the Chair
Secretary
  1. Shall be responsible for recording and distributing the minutes of all meetings. The Secretary will be designated from the board members.
  2. Shall keep accurate and detailed records of all meetings and affairs, send/transmit all official MSFN correspondence, and coordinate preparation and distribution of MSFN notices in coordination with the Assistant to the Vicepresident for Diversity.
  3. Shall assist the chair in scheduling Board Member meetings, and All Network meetings.
Past Chair
  1. Shall be an active Board Member
  2. Shall help with the consistency and sustainability of the organization, transferring knowledge from previous years in office.
Ex-officio
  1. Shall be filled by the Vice President for Diversity
  2. Shall provide context, input, financial assistance, and support to the MSFN
Treasurer
  1. The Treasurer will be designated from the board members.
  2. Shall assist the chair in allocating the financial assistance from the Vice President of Diversity Office into the different network and board events.

Section 4.       – Election process

  1. Election of officers will take place in the spring or as needed.
  2. Officers will serve a term of two years and can be re-elected up to three consecutive terms.
  3. Appointments can be made by the Board Members for those offices that become vacant in midterm.
  4. Election of officers requires a majority vote of the MSFN membership. In case of a tie, there will be a run-off election.
  5. Election of the officers is by secret ballot with each member having one vote.
  6. Nominations of officers shall be submitted to the Board.
  7. Elected members take office July 1.

Section 1.

  1. Shall serve a two-year commitment
  2. Shall be an active Board Member
  3. Shall assist in the structure of all ad hoc and MSFN committees

Section 1. Awards & Recognition

  1. Shall coordinate the selection committee and process for the Multiethnic Distinguished Service Award
  2. Shall coordinate nomination efforts to highlight multicultural staff/faculty
  3. Shall research awards internally and externally for which our CSU staff/faculty would be viable candidates
  4. Shall honor milestones

Section 1.

Board Meetings will be held twice a month or when necessary.

Section 2.

All Network: Meeting will be held once per semester or as needed.

Section 3.

Planning retreat: Will be held once per year or as needed.

Section 1.

All fiscal matters are processed and supported by the office of the Vice President for Diversity.

Section 1.

These by-laws may be changed, amended, or added to by a vote of 2/3 of the voting members, at a regularly scheduled All-Network meeting.

Section 2.

Changes, amendments, and additions shall be proposed at a regular meeting of the MSFN and voted upon immediately.

Section 3.

Immediately upon their adoption, all changes, amendments, and additions shall be inserted into the by-laws and filed.

Drafted: December 2012
Final Approval: January 2013
Revisions Drafted: March 2015
Revisions Approved: July, 2015
Revisions Drafted: May 22, 2019
Revisions Approved: TBD