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Get Involved

How do I get involved?  

College Council Representatives are elected.  Elections are held each year for half the members of the Council.  People interested in serving on the Council may nominate themselves or nominate someone from your constituent group who you think would make a positive contribution.  Each constituency (i.e. Part-Time Faculty & Temporary Part-Time Staff, Full-Time Faculty (including Technical & Professional Assistants), Support Staff (including Permanent Part-Time Support Staff) and Administrative & Professional Staff) at the college elects their own representatives.  During the nomination process, email your nomination to  collegecouncil@bergen.edu.  Please include a few sentences about yourself and a digital photo (1 megapixel or larger).  Explore the College Council web pages to see what candidates have done in the past.  Elections are conducted electronically via eBallot, an online election website, over a period of about 5 days.  The College Council structure also includes Student Representatives.

How do I know what I will be getting into?  

Approximately one-half of the Council seats will rotate each year.  Elected representatives to the Council will serve a two-year term.  The College Council has a Constitution, which is available on the College Council website.  Council schedules up to eight sessions a year during the months of October, November, December, February, March, April, May, and June and must convene no fewer than four sessions a year.  A quorum of 60% of voting Council members must be present to convene a Council session and conduct Council business; therefore, representatives are expected to be present and on time for each Council session scheduled.  Council business is conducted according to Roberts Rules of Order.  Representatives are expected to actively participate on one or more of the Council subcommittees:  Facilities & Finance; Strategic Planning, Budget, & Assessment; Community Relations; Health & Safety; Sustainability; Policies & Procedures; and Campus Culture & Communications.  Subcommittees meet on varying schedules and are lead by Subcommittee Chairs who are elected from the subcommittee membership.  The Steering Committee of the Council sets the Council agenda, establishes priorities, and reviews the progress of Council Subcommittees and work groups.  The Steering Committee consists of:  College Council Chair, College Council Vice-Chair, Subcommittee Chairs, and the College President or President’s Designee.  In addition, the Steering Committee membership must include at least one of each of the following constituencies:  Student Representative, Faculty, Staff, and Administrator/Professional.

How do I get more information?

You can contact any of the representatives of the Council or email the Council at collegecouncil@bergen.edu with any questions you may have.  You can access the Council website from Quick Links on Bergen Community College’s home page.  Also, College Council sessions are open to all – feel free to attend.  Meeting dates, times, and locations are included in the Campus Calendar.