What kind of Organization is KGSA?

KGSA는 Columbia University 대학원생들을 위해 만들어진 공식 한인 학생 단체 입니다. KGSA 임원진은 소셜/학술/한국문화 행사 등을 통해 한인 대학원생들의 화합과 친목을 도모하고, 외부 단체와의 협력 등을 통해 다양한 기회를 컬럼비아 한인 대학원생들에게 제공하고 있습니다. KGSA는 컬럼비아 대학원 학위 과정에 재학중인 모든 한인 학생, post-doctoral fellows, medical residents가 참여 가능하며, KGSA 회장단 및 임원진은 한인 대학원생을 돕고 개인의 역량을 키우는 기회로 생각하여 자발적으로 활동하고 있습니다.

What kind of Events does KGSA offer?

KGSA에서 매년 정기적으로 진행하는 행사로 신입생/재학생 네트워킹 이벤트인 Fall Semester Welcome Night & Spring Semester Kick-off, 한국 문화를 알리는 Korea Day, 한국 정치/사회문화적 이슈를 토론하는 Korea Forum, 시험 기간 대학원생들의 지친 몸과 마음을 달래주는 Study Break, 다양한 학술 관련 Brown Bag Session 등을 진행 하고 있습니다. 이 외에도 각종 Networking Events 및 정기 모임을 주관하고 있습니다.

How is KGSA different from other Korean Student Organizations at Columbia?

KGSA는 Columbia University의 모든 한인 대학원생을 아우르는 학생 단체이며, 단과의 지원을 받는 학과 별 한인 학생회와 달리, 유일하게 Columbia University에서 공식적으로 인정받아 여러 Resource를 지원받고 있는 단체 입니다. 이로써, KGSA는 본인이 속한 학과 이외에 여러 컬럼비아 학과 내 학생들과 교류를 할 수 있는 기회를 제공합니다.

I want to know more about KGSA Career Services.

KGSA Career Services 는 인재 발굴 및 채용 목적으로 요청 오시는 한국 기업들과 협력하여, 컬럼비아 한인 대학원생을 대상으로 채용 설명회 및 네트워킹 세션을 통하여 대학원생 분들에게 정확하고 빠르게 취업 정보를 공유해드리고 있습니다. 현재 KGSA에서 먼저 특정 기업에 정보 요청을 드린 적은 없으나, 학생분들로부터 충분한 수요가 있을 시에 진행 여부를 고려할 수 있으니 의견 부탁 드립니다.

Are there regular Social Events?

매월 첫째 주 금요일 저녁 KGSA Happy Hour 가 열리고 있습니다. (변동 시 안내) 또한, 한인 대학원생 분들의 다양한 관심사를 고려하여 KGSA Student Life 에서 관심사 별 모임 (야구, CUMC 모임 등)도 진행중입니다. 원하는 모임이 있으시면 언제든지 건의해주시기 바랍니다.

I am a graduate, can I join KGSA events?

특별히 재학생으로 제한 된 이벤트라고 명시되어 있지 않을 시 언제든지 참여 가능합니다. 또한, 졸업하신 이후에는 동문회 네트워크에 속하시게 되어 컬럼비아 한국 총동문회에서 주최하는 동문회에 참석하실 수 있습니다. 총동문회 웹사이트 링크: http://www.columbia.or.kr/

아래 매체를 통하여 다양한 KGSA 이벤트 및 소식을 전하고 있습니다.
Facebook: KGSA Group, Columbia KGSA Page
Instagram: @cukgsa
Kakao: Contact us to join the group chat
Email: kgsa@columbia.edu

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CONSTITUTION

Korean Graduate Students Association at Columbia University (KGSA)

Article I. Name and Object

Section 1. The name of this association is Korean Graduate Students Association at Columbia University (KGSA).
Section 2. The objectives of this association is
(a) To promote a better understanding about Korea and Korean culture within the university and the community.
(b) To promote the common interest of the members.
(c) To demonstrate collectively the interests of the members toward the Columbia University and the community.
Section 3. The activities of the association shall be those appropriate to the accomplishment of the objectives of the association.
Section 4. For the purpose of the Constitution, " Columbia University" refers to all the educational institutes affiliated with the Columbia University.

Article II. Membership

Section 1. Regular membership of the association shall be open to all Columbia University graduate students in degree programs, post-doctoral fellows, and medical residents who are of Korean ancestry.
Section 2. Affiliate membership of the association shall be open to all alumni, families of a regular member, faculty, staffs, and other visiting scholars affiliated to Columbia University.
Section 3. All members shall have the right to participate in the activities of the association and shall be required to fulfill the obligation of paying annual membership-dues. Only regular members shall have the right to vote and shall be eligible for elected offices of the association.

Article III. Organization

Section 1. The association shall have the following organizations: Assembly, Board of Representatives, Executive Committee, and Clubs.
Section 2. The association shall have the following officers: President, Vice-President(s), Secretary, Treasurer, Manager(s), and others.
Section 3. President shall be elected by direct and secret ballots in a duly convened general assembly.
Section 4. Any regular member in good standing may be nominated from the floor. A nominee shall be elected to the office; (a) upon receiving two-thirds (2/3) of the members present and voting if there is only one nominee and (b) upon receiving a simple majority of the members present and voting if there are more than two nominees.
Section 5. No person may be re-elected as President.
Section 6. (1)The President, upon approval from the Board of Representatives, shall appoint the Vice-President(s). (2) In the event that the Board of Representatives is unable to meet in order to approve the Vice-President, the President shall have the power to appoint the Vice-President. Thereafter, the President must give notice to the Board of Representatives, of the appointment of the Vice-President, at the first convening of the Board of Representatives Meeting.
Section 7. The President, upon consultation with the Vice-President(s), shall appoint the positions of Secretary, Treasurer, Manager(s), and all other officers.
Section 8. The term of office of all the officers shall be one year from the first day of June to the end of the following May.

Article IV. Executive Committee

Section 1. The Executive Committee shall be formed by all officers.
Section 2. The President shall be the chair of the Executive Committee.
Section 3. The Executive Committee shall make day-to-day decisions, report the finance and activities to the General Assembly and the Board of Representatives, and conduct the activities of the association.
Section 4. The Executive Committee may submit amendments to the Constitution to the Board of Representatives and the Assembly.
Section 5. The President shall have authority to make the final decision upon consultation with the Executive Committee members.
Section 6. In the absence of the President, the Vice-Presidents shall assume the duties of the President.

Article V. Board of Representatives

Section 1. The Board of Representatives shall be formed by following members: President; and the Representatives of each school.
Section 2. The schools are as of the official schools of the Columbia University.
Section 3. A meeting of the Board of Representatives shall be convened by the President or a group of three or more Representatives.
Section 4. The President shall be the chair of the Board of Representatives.
Section 5. The Board of Representatives shall discuss and make decisions on following issues: approval of the appointment of the Vice-President(s), approval of the report in activities and finance submitted by the Executive Committee, approval of honorary membership, approval of membership dues, and other important matters raised by the Board members.
Section 6. The Board of Representatives shall discuss amendments to the Constitution submitted by the Executive Committee.
Section 7. Due notice of a meeting of the board of representatives shall be given to all members at least one (1) week prior to the day of the meeting.
Section 8. At any sessions of a duly convened meeting of the board of representatives, the decision shall be made upon receiving simple majority of the members present.

Article VI. Assembly

Section 1. A general assembly shall be convened by the President during the month of September and the following May.
Section 2. In the general assembly, election for the President, approval of amendments to the Constitution, and decisions on other crucial matters shall be made.
Section 3. A special assembly, which assumes all the authorities and functions of the general assembly, may be formed by the decision of the Board of Representatives.
Section 4. Due notice of each assembly shall be given to all members at least one (1) week prior to convening of the assembly.
Section 5. At any sessions of a duly convened assembly, the members present shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Article VII. Clubs

Section 1. The association may have official clubs and support their activities.
Section 2. An official club shall be established and maintained upon approval by the Board of Representatives.
Section 3. The objective(s) of a club must be appropriate to those of the association.
Section 4. The activities of a club should not jeopardize the reputation of the association in any negative manner.
Section 5. All members of the association have the right to join any of the clubs. The clubs shall not have the right to reject any member of the association from joining, nor shall it have the right to limit the number of club members.
Section 6. A club shall have a leader elected, and the leader takes the responsibility of registering and maintaining the club.
Section 7. When a club remains inactive for a semester and/or violates any of the rules above, the Executive Committee reserves the right to rescind the privileges of the club.

Article VIII. Financials

Section 1. All financial activities will be handled by the Treasurer upon approval by the President and the Executive Committee.
Section 2. An accounting ledger shall be kept by the Treasurer with all financial activities recorded.
Section 3. Expenses incurred by the association will be met by the membership dues and money raised through fund-raising activities.
Section 4. Membership dues will be determined by the Executive Committee upon approval by the Board of Representatives.

Article IX. Korea Forum

Section 1. The association shall hold "Korea Forum."
Section 2. The objective of Korea Forum is to promote better understanding of issues relating to Korea by providing an arena for exchange of ideas from diverse viewpoints.
Section 3. The Korea Forum shall be held by the Executive Committee at least two sessions a year.
Section 4. During each session, the speaker shall lecture on various issues of relevance to Korea and engage in an open discussion with members of the audience.

Article X. Mailing List

Section 1. The association shall have a mailing list.
Section 2. The subscription to the mailing list shall be open and limited to all members of the association.
Section 3. The contents of the mails sent to the mailing list shall be determined by the Executive Committee as according to the objectives of the association.
Section 4. The Executive Committee will ensure that the mailing list will not be distributed so as to compromise the privacy right of the members of the association.

* Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern all procedural matters not covered by this Constitution.

Approved on the twenty-seventh day of September, 2002.