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The Student Heritage Alliance Council (SHAC) is an advisory board to most multicultural and multifaith organizations on campus. We act as an umbrella-organization, facilitating discussion between the myriad of diverse groups on the University of Maine campus. SHAC hosts large-scale events that utilize the contributions of each of our groups to better inform and engage the UMaine campus. Our events shed light on issues of diversity, engage UMaine students in understanding the plights of different religious and racial groups across the globe, and facilitate informative discussions between diverse student groups and the UMaine student body, granting SHAC’s student groups a platform for their voices. SHAC also assures that its student organizations maintain a good standing in the eyes of the University and the University of Maine Student Government. We do this by holding workshops that teach student organizations about the importance of leadership, teamwork, finances, and proper event-planning.
Membership in the organization is limited to the officers of SHAC (the executive board) and representative members of each organization represented within SHAC. Each of these members are considered voting members.
Eligibility for membership or appointed or elected student officer positions may not be limited on the basis of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, color, age, gender, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or disability. The organization shall have no rules or policies that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, color, age, gender, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or disability.
In order to become an organization affiliated with SHAC, an organization will submit a set of bylaws to SHAC, attend a SHAC meeting where they explain the multicultural aspects of their group, and be approved by a majority vote of voting members during a duly and constituted meeting of SHAC.
As an organization affiliated with SHAC, one representative member from the organization attends the weekly SHAC meeting on Wednesday at 5pm in the Multicultural Center Office.
The purpose of the affiliation with SHAC will be for SHAC to provide guidance and assistance in the planning of events for the organization, to provide programming for the organizations it councils, and to provide unique opportunities for the members of these organizations.
If you have any further questions or need more information regarding SHAC, please don’t hesitate to contact us!