Our constitution exemplifies the spirit in which we operate, where all members in the collective are considered equals. What does it mean to operate non-heirarchically, though? Here are some examples of what “non-heirarchical” means in practical terms:
- Democratic decision-making: The officer acts as a meeting facilitator and administrator. They do not have unilateral decision-making power. Decisions including funding are voted on collectively between members, and group consensus is sought.
- Autonomy and Empowerment: Members and others are free to propose events, campaigns, and other projects. They are also free and encouraged to share comments, suggestions, questions, and concerns.
- Transparency: A culture of openness encourages member understanding of key processes and engagement with critical information. The officer and other executives will endeavour to communicate important information in a timely fashion, across all official channels, and in a way that is understandable.
- Accessibility: We want diversity in our membership and broader engagement from students. We can help achieve that by continuing to lower the barriers to member’s participating in what we do. Online meetings, online voting, and virtual workshops / online projects are all examples of future ways we can run things that increase accessibility for members.