Constitution of the Ethiopian Students Association at
We the Ethiopian students at Harvard hereby establish
this non-partisan student organization to enhance the progress of Ethiopian
students at Harvard, increase awareness of Ethiopia within the Harvard
community and greater Boston area, and contribute to the political, social, and
economic development of Ethiopia and Ethiopians in the Diaspora.
ARTICLE 1- Name
The name of this organization shall be the of Ethiopian Students
Association at Harvard (hereafter ESAH)
In furtherance of the general purpose set forth in the
PREAMBLE, ESAH members will strive to achieve the following specific objectives
but shall not be limited to these and may also strive to achieve such other
objectives as the members of ESAH will from time to time deem appropriate.
To increase the number of Ethiopian students at Harvard
by recruiting applicants, providing information and serving as advisors to
prospective students navigating the application process.
To organize forums that shall promote dialogue and
understanding among Ethiopians and generate ideas to tackle the challenges
To develop and strengthen ties among Ethiopians and
friends of Ethiopia at Harvard University
To develop and strengthen ties among Ethiopians and
friends of Ethiopia at universities in Boston area and beyond.
To assist Ethiopian
students in adjusting to the academic and social life at Harvard.
serve as an umbrella organization encompassing all constituent Ethiopian
student organizations throughout Harvard's graduate and professional schools
and Harvard College.
participate in community projects in the United States, and Boston in
particular, which promote the political and socio-economic progress of Ethiopia
To promote the political and socio-economic development
of Ethiopia, particularly through the creation of and engagement with
educational initiatives benefiting institutions of higher learning in Ethiopia.
cultivate a network of Ethiopian Harvard alumni who share an interest in
fulfilling the objectives of ESAH.
contribute to the diversity of student life on campus and, in particular, to
strengthen black student organizations at Harvard.
in ESAH is open to any student enrolled at Harvard University who holds
interest in the objectives of ESAH.
shall be extended to any Harvard alum who identifies with the objectives of ESAH.
elect to impose annual or semester dues as a condition of membership.
the recommendation of the Executive Board, honorary membership may be extended
to an individual in appreciation of their contribution to the organization's
objectives by a majority vote of the membership.
student member defined above in Section 1 of Article III who attends the
organization's events regularly, with a good academic standing and is at least
one year from graduation shall be eligible to hold office.
Structure and Duties of the Executive Board
Executive Board shall consist of the following officers: President,
Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary.
President shall represent the organization, conduct Executive Board and general
meetings, assigns duties to officers, chart a vision for the organization and prepare
annual report in conjunction with the members of outgoing Board.
Vice-President shall assist the President and assume the responsibilities of
the President, if the latter is absent.The Vice-President shall also liaise with sister organizations and the
Treasurer shall maintain the account of the organization, pay bills of the
organization when receipts for expenditures are turned in, submit quarterly
reports to the membership, coordinate fundraising, and disburse monies as the
organization may direct.
Secretary shall keep minutes of meetings, maintain a yearly calendar of
activities, give written notice to all members of meetings and the agenda to be
covered, issue press release when deemed necessary by the Board, updates and
maintain the ESAH website and email list.
ARTICLE V- Elections and Removal of Officers
for the officers of the forthcoming year will take place no later than May 1st
of each year.
qualify to vote in the General Elections, a member, as defined in Article III,
Section 1, must have attended at least one third of the general membership
meeting prior to the vote.
candidate for each office receiving a simple majority of votes cast at the
election will be considered the victor. In the event that no candidate receives
a simple majority, a run-off shall be held between the two candidates who
obtained the most votes.
Officers may hold only one position
at a time.
may be removed by the organization's membership if they fail to uphold the organization's
purpose or fail to fulfill their constitutional responsibilities. To remove an
officer it shall be necessary for a petition for removal to be signed by fifty
percent of the voting membership, followed by an affirmative vote of two-thirds
of the voting membership.
Three unexcused absences from either Board meetings or general membership
meetings at any time during the academic year shall operate as a resignation.
An unexcused absence is defined as failure to notify the Executive Board of the
Executive Board member's absence.
Article VI- Amendments
The Constitution may be amended by
two-thirds vote of the voting membership.
amendment may be adopted without the entire membership receiving a written copy
one week prior to the meeting at which the amendment will be voted upon.
Article VII- Ratification
Constitution will be ratified article by article by a two-thirds vote of the
The provisions of the Constitution
will be effective immediately upon ratification.