Join the Community Council!

The Community Council in Family & Graduate Housing represents and serves our tenants. The Council will facilitate community-wide events, provide opportunities to contribute to community living standards, and provide opportunities for tenants to voice their thoughts regarding the tenant experience. The elected council will meet every two weeks; tenants will have the opportunity to attend once a month for a town-hall style meeting.

Each Community Council will have nine elected officers. The Gavel Order of the Community Council will be:

  1. Community Council Presidents (2)
  2. Historian (1)
  3. Social Chairs (2)
  4. Diversity & Inclusion Chairs (2)
  5. Health & Wellbeing Chairs (2)
     

The duties and responsibilities of the elected officers:

Each position, with the exception of the Historian, will have a singles area representative (Grant Chamberlain Drive, Peter Koch Tower, Nelson Story Tower) and a family area representative (West Side Houses, Paisley Court, West Julia Martin, Branegan Court, and McIntosh Court).

  1. Community Council Co-Presidents (2)
    1. To preside over the Community Council; work with council members to set meeting agendas and yearly goals; lead efforts to meet council goals
    2. To hold Community Council members accountable for attendance
    3. To temporarily assume or delegate responsibilities of any vacant position
    4. To meet with individual Community Council members whenever needed
    5. To serve as a functioning member of community council
    6. To know, uphold, and role model campus and FGH policies, Community Council governing expectations, and campus Residence Hall Association governing expectations
  2. Historian (1)
    1. To take meeting minutes during Community Council meetings and distribute after meetings to the Council and FGH leadership for review within 24 business hours of a meeting
    2. Take attendance at Community Council meetings
    3. To submit all programs and agendas implemented by the Community Council to appropriate individuals
    4. To attend one campus RHA meeting each month
    5. To serve as a functioning member of community council
    6. To know, uphold, and role model campus and FGH policies, Community Council governing expectations, and campus Residence Hall Association governing expectations
  3. Social Chairs (2)
    1. To lead the large social events for Family & Graduate Housing in conjunction with Council members and the Community Assistant team. Track attendance and facilitate the events.
    2. To organize 2 large events each semester
    3. To design banners, posters, digital advertisements and other advertisements for Community Council events and meetings
    4. To coordinate with Community Assistants of specific communities for advertising and assistance
    5. To perform such other duties as may be designated by the Community Council chairs, as is consistent with these governing statements
    6. To serve as a functioning member of community council
    7. To know, uphold, and role model campus and FGH policies, Community Council governing expectations, and campus Residence Hall Association governing expectations
  4. Diversity & Inclusion Chairs (2)
    1. This position will be in conjunction with MSU Diversity, Inclusion and Student Commons (DISC) and the D & I Chair will have access to all resources and assistance from DISC to perform their tasks
    2. To assist Council in aligning community efforts in diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice
    3. To monitor progress and recommend adjustments to increase inclusivity within the community
    4. To work with the Diversity, Inclusion and Student Commons (DISC) to stay updated on campus policies. Track diversity efforts at Montana State University and increase FGH inclusion in those efforts
    5. To update FGH tenants of DISC events and encourage participation in these events
    6. To attend 2 DISC staff meetings each semester to communicate FGH diversity and inclusion efforts to the Program Manager at DISC
    7. To act as a liaison to and develop student leadership in matters related to diversity and inclusion-related groups at the university and respond to diversity-and-inclusion-related issues among members as they arise
    8. To collaborate with DISC to provide new tenants and families with assistance to acclimate to  the university climate and culture every year
    9. To perform such other duties as may be designated by the Community Council chairs, as is consistent with these governing statements
    10. To serve as a functioning member of Community Council
    11. To know, uphold, and role model campus and FGH policies, Community Council governing expectations, and campus Residence Hall Association governing expectations
  5. Health & Wellbeing Chairs (2)
    1. This position will be in conjunction with The Office of Health Advancement (OHA). The H&W Chairs will have access to all resources and assistance from OHA to perform their tasks
    2. To strategize and execute ongoing assessments of community needs, survey tenant wellness, assess and analyze innovative approaches to address health and wellbeing concerns that affect tenant life
    3. To network with offices and organizations across campus
    4. To work with OHA to stay updated on campus policies. Track wellbeing efforts at Montana State University and increase FGH inclusion in those efforts. Work to increase accessibility of resources to FGH tenants
    5. To advertise OHA programming events to all FGH tenants and encourage participation in these events
    6. To collaborate with OHA to assist new tenants and families acclimate to the university climate and culture every year
    7. To perform such other duties as may be designated by the Community Council Chairs, as is consistent with these governing statements
    8. Serve as a functioning member of Community Council
    9. To know, uphold, and role model campus and FGH policies, Community Council governing expectations, and campus Residence Hall Association governing expectations.