AGSC is an organization run by current Anthropology graduate students. The organization coordinates social events and hosts speakers. Activities vary from year to year depending on the goals of the students involved at the time. Some of the past goals have been to develop community among the subdisciplines, represent student concerns to faculty, and help with orientation and mentoring of incoming students.
AGSC 2017-2018 OFFICERS
Moderator and Graduate Committee Representative: Nick Belluzzo, Secretary: Maddy Gunter Bassett, Digital Media Coordinator: Lasisi, Treasurer and Budget Committee Representative: EJ Zou, Social Chair: Jennifer Ellis, Guest Speaker Coordinator: Erin Schwartz, Outreach Coordinator and New Student Liason: Maddy Gunter Bassett, GSA Representative: Lauren Alston Bridges
AGSC’s purpose is to promote the unification of the Anthropology Graduate student body, to promote good relations and communication between the graduate students and the Anthropology faculty, to provide an open forum for the presentation of scholarly research and discussion by the graduate students, to sponsor speakers of interest for the Collective and the Anthropology student body, to maintain ties with those graduate students who are engaged in research and fieldwork in distant locations, to provide moral and professional support to its members and to foster a healthy and effective learning and socializing environment.
This organization will be known as the Anthropology Graduate Student Collective (AGSC)
1. AGSC’s purpose is to:
- promote good relations and communication between the graduate students, other
student organizations, the Anthropology faculty, and other W&M organizations.
- provide an open forum for the presentation of scholarly research and discussion by the graduate students
- sponsor speakers of interest for the Collective and the Anthropology student body
- maintain ties with those graduate students who are engaged in research and fieldwork in distant locations
- provide morale and professional support to its members
- otherwise promote the unification of the Anthropology Graduate student body and foster a healthy and effective learning and socializing environment.
Membership in AGSC is open to all those enrolled in the Anthropology graduate program of W&M.
2. Named Positions: The Named Positions of the Collective will be the Moderator, Guest Speaker Coordinator, Outreach and Digital Media Coordinator , Secretary, Treasurer, New Student Liaison, and Social Chair and others as needed. Other designated positions shall include [as needed] representatives to the Graduate Student Association, the Anthropology Graduate Committee, the Anthropology Budget Committee, and other representatives.
- Moderator duties are as follows:
- To call, schedule, and preside over periodic meetings as necessary (perhaps once a month) and ensure the secretary attends to take minutes
- To help the Secretary solicit suggestions for meeting agenda topics and create and distribute that agenda in a timely fashion.
- To act as the official representative of the AGSC to relevant official bodies and organizations, including not only the Anthropology Department, but also W&M organizations—such as the Student Assembly Senate, Graduate Council, and Graduate Student Association—as well as other groups as needed.
- To regularly meet with the Anthropology DGS and Department Chair as needed.
- To make available to anthropology graduate students all relevant paperwork such as student handbooks and grant information.
- Secretary duties are as follows:
- To attend meetings of the AGSC and keep minutes of all meeting activity
- To help solicit meeting agenda topics and distribute meeting agendas and minutes in a timely fashion.
- New Student Liaison duties are as follows:
- To serve as a contact person for fielding questions from new students.
- To organize events to introduce incoming and potential students to the current Anthropology grad student body.
- Treasurer duties are as follows:
- To manage and maintain funds obtained by the AGSC
- To create and submit a Student Organization Budget to the Office of Student Activities for Student Activities Fee Funding from the Student Assembly by the end of fall semester deadline.
- To meet with the Student Assembly Executive Appropriations Committee and Finance Committees, as well as attend Student Activities Budget Workshops, whenever necessary to learn about or argue budgetary details.
- Social Chair duties are as follows:
- To coordinate social events for the AGSC such as a weekly happy hour.
- To coordinate with the treasurer about funding these events
- Guest Speaker Coordinator duties are as follows:
- To solicit suggestions from the AGSC for guest speakers for the academic year, and reserve and publicize the speakers via the Anthropology Department
- To coordinate a budget with the AGSC Treasurer and/or Moderator and help present budgets to relevant W&M organizations as needed.
- Graduate Committee Representative duties are as follows:
- To attend meetings with the graduate committee of the Department and insure that any AGSC concerns are brought to the attention of multiple faculty members and otherwise provide input as needed.
- Budget Committee Representative duties are as follows:
- To attend meetings with the budget committee of the Department insure that any AGSC concerns are brought to the attention of multiple faculty members and otherwise provide input as needed.
- Outreach and Digital Media Coordinator duties are as follows:
- To ensure maintenance and moderation of the AGSC listerv, Website, Facebook page, and other social media accounts, and to solicit new content for these websites from AGSC members.
- To otherwise help liaise with relevant academic departments and organizations on campus— such as Africana Studies, American Studies, Native Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and History— as well as other non W&M groups such as Colonial Williamsburg.
- Meetings for the appointment of the named positions of Moderator, New Student Liaison, Guest Speaker Coordinator, Secretary, and Treasurer shall take place in April of each year. The position-holders shall assume responsibility in June of the election year.
- Elections of representatives to various departmental committees– as well as Social Chair, and Outreach and Digital Media Coordinator– shall be as early in the new academic year as possible.
- Each term is for twelve calendar months (i.e. from September to September).
- Individuals may be nominated or nominate themselves for a particular position.
- Meetings in which voting shall take place for officers or committee members shall be announced at least five days in advance.
- Position-holders and Committee Representatives are elected by a simple majority of AGSC members. Voting for each office takes place by either a secret online ballot or a rising of hands by those attending the meetings, as needed to maintain quorum. All votes are held in confidence.
- Removing or replacing a named-position-holder: Position-holders may be recalled from their office if said officer fails to execute the required duties and obligations. In order to solicit the resignation of a position-holder/committee member seventy-five percent of the AGSC must vote to do so (See Article V section f for election voting procedures). A special election, requiring a simple majority of AGSC members, shall be done to replace a position-holder or committee member who resigns.
- Committees, both standing and ad hoc, may be appointed by the Moderator at any time. Members of the AGSC can petition to form a committee and submit a request to the Moderator at any time. Membership in committees is done on a voluntary basis. It is the responsibility of the committee chair (either elected by the committee, appointed by the Moderator, or volunteered) is responsible for calling meetings and presiding over the committee. The Moderator may serve as a committee chair as needed. Committees can solicit aid from AGSC, financial or physical aid, at any time.
- Meetings of the AGSC are called by the Moderator. Meetings shall be held once a month as deemed appropriate by academic schedule. Time of the meeting may be amended as needed by the Moderator. In addition to regular meetings, as needed meetings can be called by the Moderator at any time.
6. Monetary Contributions
- Proposals for soliciting funding from AGSC members for events, shared equipment, etc. should be submitted to the Moderator, Secretary, and Treasurer. Solicitations for funding can then occur/be arranged at subsequent AGSC meetings.
- The Constitution of the AGSC can be amended at any meeting by a 2/3 majority vote of at least fifty percent of the current membership of the AGSC. An amendment may be submitted by any member of the AGSC. This suggestion shall be announced in the agenda of the meeting. The submission will be discussed at said meeting. At the end of the discussion a vote shall be called. Votes of meeting attendees shall be tallied at the meeting and solicited via email, submitted to the Moderator in confidence. Voting shall be open for seven days after the vote is called.
8. Ratification: Ratification of this constitution requires a two-thirds majority of all members of the AGSC. Votes shall be solicited by the Moderator and can be cast at the meeting, or via phone or e-mail, submitted in confidence to the Moderator, up to a week after voting was called.
This constitution was ratified April 26th, 2005 and amended March 3, 2006, and May 22nd, 2015.