Latino Culture Show Constitution
The Latin@ Culture Show seeks to educate Ann Arbor and the student body about the culture and heritage of
Latinos both in and out of the United States. It is our mission to expose others to our traditions in order to
create and/or encourage cultural appreciation. While doing so, we will work towards uniting the Latin@
population on campus through the fostering space for dialogue and community building.
Article I. Name
Latin@ Culture Show
Article II. Purpose
The Latin@ Culture Show is in its 10th year at the University of Michigan. Through artistic and oral
presentation, we create a platform that gives voice and significance to the Latino culture. The purpose of the
show is to educate students, faculty, staff and even those of us who participate in the planning and execution
of the show about what it means to be "Latin@" and how, contrary to common belief, we have left our imprint on
the world at large. In doing this, we hope to help fight stereotypes, overcome our own identity struggles and
create a space where Latinos can build community and advocate for social change.
Article III. Membership
The Latin@ Culture Show has core members and performance participants. Everyone is eligible to be on core and
a performer just as long as they show interest in the show. Participation is not limited to Latinos. In fact,
we encourage, promote and always have participation from non-Latinos.
To become a CORE MEMBER you must fill out an application. This application process takes place in the Fall.
You must select a position of interest and reasons why you are the best candidate for that position. Decisions
will be made by the Coordinators of the show.
The COORDINATORS of the show are appointed by the CORE immediately following the date of the show.
To be a PERFORMANCE PARTICIPANT, you must attend the MASS MEETING winter semester and sign up for the acts you
are interested in participating in. Every person is limited to 2 acts to ensure more space for others.
Voluntary withdrawal will require an email explaining reasoning behind the decision to withdraw.
Article IV. Officers
There are a maximum of two officers for every role.
Coordinators: Responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of the entire show. This includes ensuring
we have a space for the show two semester before, delegating tasks to core, ensuring sponsorships with
departments and organizations and making sure that all administrative things are taken care of before and
after the show.
Performance Chair: Responsible for overseeing the musical acts in the show. This includes acting like the
liaison between the choreographers and the coordinators. Responsible for attending rehearsals to ensure
progress and, in some cases, video taping the rehearsals for promotional purposes.
Funding Chair: Responsible for applying for grants, presenting to multi-cultural councils and attending
meeting with departments to request funds for the show. Also responsible for administering the SOAS account.
Publicity Chair: Responsible for publicizing the show to local media, on campus, online and creating flyers,
Facebook event pages and email templates for mass promotion of the show.
Ticket Sales Chair: Responsible for setting up a MUTO account, knowing the progress of ticket sales and
encouraging departments to purchase tickets for their staff.
Stage Management Chair: Responsible for ensuring the success of the show on the day of the show. This includes
contacting sound, lighting and taking care of all technical aspects of the show. Also responsible for
communicating tasks on the day of the show.
The officers constitute the Latin@ Culture Show Core members. All of which are involved in the planning and
execution of the show.
Our advisor serve us as a resource by connecting us to funding sources we might have overlooked, helping with
promotion and/or constructively criticizing the structure and function of the show.
Article V. Operations
Everyone is eligible to apply for these positions when the application becomes available Fall semester of
every year. Positions are not limited to Latinos.
The officers are elected by the Coordinator(s) of the show. Coordinators, however, would be appointed by the
core members of the show at the end of every academic year.
Officers assume their positions immediately following the appointing. This usually happens in late April of
early May depending on which day the show falls that year.
Advisor has no role in elections. The advisor is only helps to forward the application.
Article VI. Finances
Our activities will be financed by university sponsorship and donations from local businesses. Ticket Sales
also assist with financing.
The Funding Chair is responsible for fund raising but the Coordinators are the only ones who can pay artists,
reimburse anyone and distribute the funds.
Article VII. Amendments
Amendments to the constitution are to be presented to the CORE members during a core meeting but only if it is
emailed to core beforehand.
CORE members can propose amendments.
Amendments are welcomed at any point.
Article VIII. Registration Renewal
Article IX. Removal of Membership
Officers can be removed if they fail to live up to their responsibilities mentioned above.
Core members will discuss and vote on removal of any Core members.
Core members will be removed if their lack of commitment to the organization has caused trouble for the show
that has disrupted the (1) progress and (2) vision of the event.
If we feel that an Officer is not performing up to part. We will first warn him/her. If following the warning
the Officer does not show improvement, we will proceed to with voting him/her out of the process.
Article X. By-Laws
- Core Meetings will be held once a week. All Officers are expected to attend.
Performance Participant will have to attend mandatory rehearsals that the choreographers set up.
On the day of the show, all participants are required to be present and ready to perform.