About the Council
Who can be a part of the College Council?
Any student residing in Brooks Residential College may be a part of the Council. All that is required is a willingness to serve and lead others. There are a variety of different roles that students can have, from being on the Governing Board as an officer or committee co-chair, or by participating in one of the committees.
Who is on the Governing Board, and what are their responsibilities?
The President of the College Council, in addition to serving on the Board of Trustees, leads the meetings for the Governing Board, works with the other officers to create a yearly vision for the College, and acts as a liaison between Brooks College and the rest of the Baylor community.
The Vice President coordinates and handles all internal Brooks College affairs and acts as the direct report for the committee co-chairs.
The Treasurer is in charge of all accounting and finance for the annual Brooks College Council operating budget. The Faculty Master gives final approval for the operating budget.
The Secretary records minutes of College Council meetings and handles all correspondence.
Each Brooks College Council Committee has two co-chairs that serve on the Governing Board.
Every fall semester, the Governing Board creates a vision and set goals for the academic year. The Governing Board meets at least every other week. Any member of Brooks College is welcome to attend the meeting.
How are members of the Governing Board elected?
Every spring semester, elections are held for the following academic year’s President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer. It is intended that these officers be upper-division members of the College who have already served on a committee, ideally as a committee chair. The process for electing these officers takes place over the course of several weeks, giving candidates the opportunity to declare their intention to run and explain their vision to the rest of the College in a town-hall setting. This process culminates in an online election.
At the beginning of the fall semester, committees form, giving first-year students their first opportunity to be involved with the College Council. Each committee elects two co-chairs to be their representatives on the Governing Board.
What committees are available for me to join?
The Service and Ministry Committee (SerMin) works with the Resident Chaplain to promote student exploration of faith while providing opportunities for members of the college to serve in the community. Among other things, this committee organizes special chapel programs, identifies pastoral needs within the college community, and helps provide leadership for the ministry and service efforts of the college.
The Community and Traditions Committee (ComTrad) promotes the social interaction and engagement of the members of Brooks College, with the aim in view of cultivating and sustaining the traditions of the College. The committee helps plan the involvement of the college in the weekly Community Dinner, hosts important occasions in the life of the college (e.g., Christmas at Brooks College, Brookstravaganza, Spring Formal, Senior Recognition, etc.), and preserves records of life in the college for posterity.
The Arts and Academics Committee (Acatak) seeks to promote a context within which college members' learning is supported and enhanced. Committee members work with the college master to host distinguished visitors in the college, arrange peer mentoring, organize periodic programs of Common Reading for the college, develop the resources of the college library, and undertake other intellectually significant efforts for the sake of the college's membership.
Insofar as the College Council identifies new and more responsive ways of organizing the work of the college, the responsibilities of standing committees may be altered, and additional committees may be formed as needed. Committees meet as often as needed at the discretion of the co-chairs. During meetings of the Governing Board, committee co-chairs report on the progress and ideas of their committees, receive counsel from other Governing Board members, and identify avenues for mutual support and collaboration, especially when major events in the life of the college are at hand.
As interest and availability allow, Senior Fellows of the college (i.e., a faculty member closely associated with Brooks College) serve in an advisory capacity for the standing committees of the college.