ARTICLE I: NAME
The name of the organization shall be known as the Houston Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists, hereby referred to as HABPsi.
ARTICLE II: SCOPE AND PURPOSE
The Association of Black Psychologists is a national organization of local chapters throughout theUnited States. The Association of Black Psychologists is organized for (1) the purpose of influencing and effecting social change; and (2) the development of programs through which Black psychologists can assist in solving problems of Black people and other minority groups.
The Houston Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists was organized in April of 1976. The overall goals of the local chapter are identical to those of the national organization. In addition, the specific local goals are the following: (1) to formulate opinions with policy implications concerning relevant psychological, sociological, economic, and political issues which affect the Black community. (2) to work with local organizations in meeting the mental health needs of Black people. (3) to encourage and support the involvement of the membership in education and professional activities (inservice training, continuing education, independent research, licensure and certification, scholarly papers and publications, etc…). (4) to encourage and support the development of psychology students through recruitment, fellowship, support, curriculum development, internships, job or graduate school placement, etc…
To accomplish these purposes, The Association shall exercise, but not be limited to, the following specific functions:
(1) To establish a central local organization of Black psychologists.
(2) To develop funding sources for working capital, staff support, and education programs.
(3) To seek funding for projects involving Black psychologists and to support scholarly papers, training programs, recruitment of students and faculty and community mental health programs.
(4) To establish Ad-Hoc committee(s) to survey and implement relevant programs or activities.
(5) To participate with community organizations that has objectives consistent with the scope and purpose of the Houston Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists.
(6) To develop position papers and/or policy statements in regard to issues affecting Black people.
ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP
- Membership in the organization is limited to those persons with a specific interest in the overall enhancement of Black life.
- Membership shall be granted to persons who hold a college degree, or its equivalent, in psychology, or related fields, or who are working in the field of psychology or related fields, or who are students in psychology or related fields.
- Types and requirements for membership are as follows:
- Professional: has a major in psychology at the Masters or Doctoral level and is committed to the goals and objectives of ABPsi (dues of $35.00 per fiscal year).
- Associate: has a major in one of the Behavioral Science areas at the Masters or Doctoral level and is committed to goals and objectives of ABPsi (dues of $35.00 per fiscal year).
- Affiliate: is a person not eligible for other membership categories or voting privileges, but committed to the goals and objectives of ABPsi (dues of $35.00 per fiscal year).
- Adjunct: has a major in psychology and/or one of the Behavioral Sciences at the Bachelors level and is committed to the goals and objectives of ABPsi (dues of $35.00 per fiscal year).
- Student: is enrolled full time (9 semester hours or more) at the undergraduate or graduate level in the area of psychology and is committed to the goals and objectives of ABPsi (dues of $15.00 per fiscal year).
ARTICLE IV: OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE CHAIR-PERSONS
- The officers and committee chair-persons of the chapter will be elected by a majority vote of members satisfying the requirements of a quorum.
- All officers and chair-persons shall hold their positions for a term of one year. No person may hold more than one position simultaneously.
- The officers and chair-persons of the Chapter, and their respective responsibilities are as follows:
- President: preside over general and executive meetings; responsible for overall coordination and functioning of the chapter; serves as an ad hoc member of each committee; serves as liaison between chapter and national; represents organization as its official spokesperson.
- President-elect: assumes responsibilities of president in his absence; serves as member of the program committee; prepares general meeting agenda at the direction of the Executive committee.
- Secretary: compiles and maintains records of the chapter; records and disseminates minutes of the general meetings; records minutes of Executive Committee meetings; assists president with correspondence as needed; serves on the program committee.
- Treasurer: recipient and disburser of all monies; serves on the Fundraising committee; maintains membership and financial records; provides financial advice, prepares financial reports as required.
- Student Circle-Chair: responsible for organizing student input and communicating student concerns; promotes the goals and objectives of the organization amongst student members.
- Membership Committee: responsible for student membership; serves as advocate for student concerns, recruitment and advocacy for members.
- Program Committee: liaison for cooperative programs, community action, issues and research, information and dissemination; media/public relations.
- Fundraising Committee: local and national; ongoing, special events, outside funding sources.
- The offices of President and President-elect shall be held by members who have at least a Masters degree in Psychology or a related field, as determined by the membership.
- The office of Student Circle Chair shall be held by members who have at least a Master’s degree in psychology, or a related field, as determine by the membership.
- Elected officers of the association may be eligible for a second term, with the approval of the Executive Committee.
- Elected Officers and Committee Chairs shall attend 75% of scheduled chapter meetings to maintain position.
- Candidates for elected office or appointed positions must be in good standing with the Association
ARTICLE V: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
- The executive committee is responsible for coordinating the activities of the organization in order to achieve those purposes outlined within these by-laws. In so doing, it functions in accordance with the organization’s articles of incorporation and in service to the general membership.
- The executive committee shall be composed of the elected officers and committee chair-persons of the chapter.
- Any member of the executive committee may resign by notice in writing to the President and in the President’s case by notice to the President-elect.
- Any member of the executive committee may be removed from his position by formal motion of a general member and 75% of membership satisfying a quorum.
- Special elections to fill vacancies may be called by the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE VI: VOTING
- Each financial member is entitled to one vote.
- The quorum required for valid voting shall consist of those members present, plus properly submitted proxies.
- Proxies are limited to written and signed statements, or electronic submissions
ARTICLE VII: DUES
The dues of the chapter shall be determined periodically by a majority vote of members satisfying the requirements of a quorum.
ARTICLE VIII: AMENDMENTS
- These By-Laws may amended by a simple majority vote. A formal resolution to alter, amend, repeal, or enact new by-laws may be proposed by any member.
- Written notice of the proposed resolution must be provided for the full membership.
- Voting on the proposed resolution would be held at the next scheduled chapter meeting.
- Proposed amendments will be approved by a majority vote of members satisfying the requirements of a quorum.
Adopted on 09-09-04
Revised on 02-16-08