SABU Student Association for Black Unity
SABU promotes the holistic development of Black/African American/Caribbean American community on campus. SABU seeks to continue to create and maintain Black/African American/Caribbean American consciousness, awareness and identity and reflect upon and preserve Black/African American/Caribbean American history and increase awareness of said history. SABU also looks to ensure W&L provides an environment that is inclusive of Blacks/African Americans/Caribbean Americans and that Blacks/African Americans/Caribbean Americans are fully and accurately represented on campus.
We the Black/African American/Caribbean American students of Washington and Lee University seek to uphold the University's commitment to diversity. Through the dedication of all members of the University community, we plan to create an environment that promotes civic awareness, tolerance, the exchange of ideas and community service.
Article I: Name
The name of the organization is Student Association for Black Unity (S.A.B.U)
Article II: Purpose
The purpose of S.A.B.U is to provide support and a network for the exchange of ideas pertinent to the Black/African American/Caribbean American community
The intended purpose of S.A.B.U is to:
1. To continue to create and maintain Black/African American/Caribbean American consciousness, awareness and identity
2. To reflect upon and preserve Black/African American/Caribbean American history and increase awareness of said history
3. To ensure an environment that is inclusive of Blacks/African Americans/Caribbean Americans
4. To ensure that Blacks/African Americans/Caribbean Americans are fully and accurately represented on campus
5. To promote the holistic development of Black/African American/Caribbean American community on campus.
Article III: Non-Discrimination Policy
S.A.B.U does not discriminate based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or age.
Article IV: General Membership
A member in good standing is defined as a member who has attended 75% of S.A.B.U events. This includes but is not limited to S.A.B.U meetings. Attendance will be recorded at S.A.B.U meetings and associated events.
Article V: Officers
The officers serving as the Executive Board shall be the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Caribbean Affairs Chair, Advertising Chair, Social Chair, and Community Service Chair, and will serve a term of one year or until their successors are elected.
Section A: President
1. Contact speakers
a. Find out credentials, price, and availability
2. Organize forums
a. Come up with topics
b. Plan data and time
3. Contact leaders of other Black Student organizations from neighboring campuses
4. To act as a delegate to the W&L administration
5. To serve as a spokesperson for S.A.B.U
6. To preside over S.A.B.U meetings
Section B: Vice President
1. Black History Month Committee Chair
a. Handle all events excluding parties
2. Act as a liaison between S.A.B.U and the admissions office
3. Assume the role of president in the absence of the president
Section C: Secretary
1. Record, type, and email minutes
2. Take attendance
3. Type up agendas for meetings
4. Notify members about meetings
5. Reserve rooms for meetings
6. Aid with advertising
7. Obtain a list of the leaders of Black Student organizations from the neighboring campuses
8. Prepare a calendar of events monthly
Section D: Treasurer
1. Handle all issues dealing with money
2. Make budget
3. Allocate funds
4. Collect dues
5. Collect alumni funds
6. Get swipe machine when necessary
Section E: Caribbean Affairs Chair
1. Organize events pertaining to Caribbean/Latin American students
2. Need other things
Section F: Advertising Chair
1. Handle advertising for all events
2. Put out campus notices
3. Make and post flyers
4. Send flyer to other campuses
5. Inform incoming freshman of events
Section G: Social Chair
1. Plan events with prospective students
2. Plan off campus events
a. Examples: skating, bowling, end-of-year trip
3. Plan parties
4. Plan dinners
5. Choose and delegate social committee
6. Handle the co-sponsoring of events with other organizations
Section H: Community Service Chair
1. Handle the Big Brother, Big Sister Program
2. Handle activities with Nabors Service League
3. Handle activities with Human Rights Alliance (food drive)
Article VI: Eligibility
All General Members in good standing who have maintained a minimum 2.0 GPA are eligible for an officer position. There are no limits on the number of terms a member can serve.
Article VII: Nomination
Nominations for officer position will take place during the first general body meeting of April. Any member in good standing may nominate another person or themselves.
Article VIII: Election
Elections will occur during the next general body meeting following the nomination of officers. The members in good standing present will vote by using a secret ballot system.
Article IX: Succession Clause
In the event that the President must leave office for any reason, the Vice President will take the office of President, the Secretary will take the office of Vice President, and a new Secretary will be elected by the general body. In the event that the Vice President must leave office, the Secretary
will take the office of Vice President and a new Secretary will be elected by the general body. If any other officer must leave office, the general body will elect someone new to fill the office.
Article X: Term of Office
The official term is one year or until successors are elected.
Article XI: Officer Training
Each member elected to office will undergo Fall Term Officer Training.
Article XII: Removal from Office
Any member of office can be removed from office by two-thirds vote. The officer in question has the right to defend their actions. Following the removal from office the general members will nominate and elect a member in good standing to finish the remove party's remaining term of office. This procedure will also be implemented whenever there is a vacant office.
Article XIII: Meetings
General body meetings shall be held on the first and third Thursday of each month at a time and place that shall be determined by the organization. A quorum shall be defined as one half of the paid membership plus one. Meetings will follow Robert's Rules of Order.
Article XIV: Amendments
Amendments to this constitution shall be adopted by a two-thirds vote of the members present at a regular meeting following the meeting at which the proposed amendment was distributed. Distribution of any amendment proposal must be approved by the officers.