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History

ALANA COALITION HISTORY

The Story

The Black and Third World Educators’ Organization was founded in 1973. The primary goals were to enhance the quality of life for the University of Vermont racial minorities and to expose the University campus community to multicultural issues and concerns. These goals were achieved through collaboration with University officials’ recruitment and retention activities, academic advisement, social programs and orientation events held for prospective minority employees and their spouses.

In 1975, the Black and Third World Educators initiated an effort to seek a director for a minority cross-cultural educational program in the Living/Learning Center. With financial support from the University Administration a minority administrator was hired to develop the cross-cultural program. The establishment of the Center for Cultural Pluralism was a direct out-growth of that effort.

The Black and Third World Educators recognized the need to integrate the experience of America’s minorities into the curricula content. Singular testimonials of minority experiences, such as the Afro-American Cultural Festival or Harlem Renaissance Symposium, were perceived as valuable when faculty and students view those activities as calling attention to an existing status quo. Too frequently, students’ knowledge of America’s varied ethnic heritage was and is limited by educators who expose students to the attributes of a monolithic rather than pluralistic nation. The intention of BTWEO was to promote curricula that accurately reflected the true ethnicity of the United States.

In 1988, the Black and Third World Educators constitution was revised to further reflect goals and concerns. There were three standing committees established to guide some of the goals established by the BTWEO constitution.

In 1996, BTWEO changed their name to the ALANA Coalition.

The Constitution

BLACK AND THIRD WORLD EDUCATORS ORGANIZATION
OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT

ARTICLE I - NAME

The name of the organization shall be the "Black and Third World Educators Organization (BTWEO) of the University of Vermont."

ARTICLE II - OBJECTIVE

The objectives of the organization shall be to generate educational programs inside and outside the formal educational structure; to initiate and support general educational reform designed to facilitate education, research, and service becoming more efficient and responsive to the needs of our constituency.

ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP

Section 1:
Each member of the organization must adhere to the aims and objectives of the organization.

Section 2:
Each member must have faculty, staff, or graduate student status at the University of Vermont.

Section 3:
Each new person seeking membership shall submit an application.

Section 4:
Each member of the organization shall have the right to attend executive meetings, speak at BTWEO meetings, and have one vote at general meetings.

Section 5:
Each member of the organization has a right to submit agenda items for discussion during the meetings.

ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS AND ELECTIONS

The officers shall consist of a President and Vice President. The two are expected to provide leadership for a 12-month period (e.g. must make provisions for summer leadership coverage); a Secretary and Alternate Secretary; and one Treasurer. The officers shall be elected every two years in the month of April. Thus, all officers shall hold office for at least two years. The Executive Board is composed of the officers, the immediate past president and two additional designated members.

ARTICLE V - DUTIES OF OFFICERS

Section 1:
The President shall preside over all general and executive board meetings; shall, when necessary, represent the organization to other groups on campus and in the community; prepare the agenda for all meetings.

Section 2:
In the absence of the President, the order of leadership shall be as follows: Vice President, Secretary, Alternate Secretary, Treasurer, Former President, and the two additional designated members.

Section 3:
The Secretaries shall keep accurate record of membership and attendance at meetings; take minutes of the meetings and distribute them to the membership; shall give due notice of meetings prior to their occurrence; shall bear the responsibility for preservation of organizational records. In the absence of the Secretary, the Alternate Secretary shall assume these functions. In the absence of either secretary, the presiding officer shall designate a recorder.

Section 4:
The Treasurer shall handle all money designated for activities transacted for the organization. (Expenditure in excess of a pre-determined significant amount shall require an additional executive member's signature.) The Treasurer shall render a financial report at the completion of any BTWEO activity where money is transacted. The Treasurer shall present financial reports to the Executive Board on a quarterly basis. Reports at general meetings shall be made at the end of each six-month period, culminating in a final report for the end of each fiscal year.

Section 5:
The Executive Board shall have the authority to act for the BTWEO between meetings, shall exercise assistance in the selection of committees for specific purposes.

ARTICLE VI - MEETINGS

General meetings shall be held at least once each month on an annually designated date. Separate Executive Board meetings shall also be held monthly.

ARTICLE VII - COMMITTEES

The standing committees of the BTWEO shall include the following:

  1. Education Committee: Shall provide a list of academic courses that Black and Third World members are teaching, examine the present University-wide curriculum, and make recommendations for the implementation of courses and programs pertinent to cultural diversity.
  2. Social Committee: Shall be responsible for welcoming Black and Third World faculty, staff, administrators, and students to the University of Vermont; shall also plan social programming for the organization.
  3. Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Committee: Shall have the responsibility to monitor the University with regard to Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity. The committee should present an annual and/or quarterly report to be shared with the Black and Third World Organization and other individuals and organizations. This committee shall also serve as a resource and support group for the BTWEO members.

ARTICLE VIII - THE GUIDELINES FOR ORDER OF BUISINESS AT BTWEO MEETINGS SHALL BE AS FOLLOWS:

  1. Minutes of the previous meetings
  2. Committee reports
  3. Unfinished business (old business)
  4. New business
  5. Adjournment

ARTICLE IX - QUORUM

A quorum shall consist of the presence of at least five members at a given meeting.

ARTICLE X - AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION

The constitution and by-laws may be amended by a two-third's vote of the members present at a given meeting, notified 14 days in advance.

Constitution Revised June 8, 1988

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