Description

The Iowa Uganda Alliance is a campus organization designed to improve the mutual understanding of the Iowa State Uganda Program among faculty and students. The organization will also conduct sales of products produced by rural enterprise projects through a "Globe Shop" to increase economic opportunities for the people of Uganda.

Affiliations

Constitution / Tier

File OfficialConsitution.docx
Tier Student Organization - Affiliated

Membership Information

Student Members 38
ISU Members 2
Non-ISU Members 1
Allowed Members Full membership shall be open to all registered students at Iowa State University in good standing, all faculty members, staff, and alumni of Iowa State University.
Allowed Officers The officers of this organization must have a GPA of at least 2.50 and be enrolled at least half time
Membership Qualifications All student members must be in good academic standing and all officers must have a GPA of at least 2.50 and be enrolled at least part time.
Membership Restrictions Full membership shall not be granted to any ISU student not in good academic standing and community members. However, these groups may still participate in the club.
Elections/Selection Elections shall be held during the last month of the spring semester. Elections will be coordinated by the core officers and will be conducted by an agreed upon volunteer. Only full members will be allowed to vote in elections, and simple majority of secret ballots will determine the winner. In the circumstance of a tie, a second secret ballot will determine the winner.
Meetings IUA meetings shall be held on a monthly basis but may be subject to changes.

Description of Regular Meetings/Activities

Regular meetings will occur once per month. Meetings will vary based on member interest and will include discussions of Iowa State University Uganda Program and development in Kamuli, Uganda, learning about the Tusubila craft group and their personal stories, a typical day in the Uganda Program and how to get involved, as well as cultural activities including traditional Ugandan food, dancing and drumming. The Globe Shop will be a mobile stand on the Iowa State Campus which sells crafts and baskets from the ISU Uganda Program supported Tusubila crafts group. The sales will occur once per month or as supply and demand dictate. The goal is to increase market access for the Tusubila group by selling their products to the Iowa State and Ames community. Another goal is to increase the visibility of the organization on campus. The Globe Shop will be manned by club members and officers who volunteer for specific times slots using a google form.

Description of Special Events

The Iowa Uganda Alliance will bring in an appropriate guest lecturer once per semester to discuss issues pertaining to the Iowa State University Uganda Program, as well as promote participation in the club and purchasing baskets. The Guest Lecturer will be a faculty member of ISU or ISU-UP who has knowledge about the Uganda program. The lecture will be free to all admitted and all students, faculty and community members are invited. The goal will be to promote the Iowa State University Uganda Program and encourage the purchasing of crafts. IUA will provide refreshments and sell baskets at the event.
The Iowa Uganda Alliance will host a craft night annually where students, faculty and community members can learn to create baskets and crafts similar to those of the Tusubila group. An artist knowledgeable in basket-making techniques will lead the event. Attendees will pay to participate in the event and proceeds will go to the organization. The goal will be to increase awareness of the difficulties of making these crafts in Uganda and promote the IUA. Baskets will be available for purchase at the event. Refreshments will be provided by the IUA.