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The HFSA Book Club encourages and shares the mutual joy of reading with HFSA members. The club reads an average of six books per academic year, and meets approximately every other month to discuss a predetermined book. In this setting, members set the stage for discourse, allowing for a better understanding of the author’s message. Most selections have been authored by Latina/o writers and/or include Latina/o subjects, or speak to the Latina/o experience. Club members make concerted efforts to attend book readings in the local community.
The HFSA Election Committee manages all election procedures for executive officers and committee chair elections. The committee is responsible for planning and executing successful nominations and elections to fill these offices annually, as well as periodically, for offices as vacancies occur. Election rules and regulations proposed by this committee are vetted and approved by the executive committee. Article VIII: Elections and Election Procedures delineates the election process.
HOLIDAY ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE
The HFSA Holiday Assistance Committee (HAC) provides the ingredients for a full-course holiday meal to eligible UT employees and their families during the winter holidays. Recipients abide by a set of guidelines set by the HAC. The duties of this committee include: recruiting and selecting recipients, soliciting community contributions of goods and/or cash, recruiting and coordinating volunteers, and implementing all other aspects of this program to execute a successful event.
HOLIDAY FIESTA COMMITTEE
The HFSA Holiday Fiesta Committee is charged with coordination and planning of HFSA’s annual holiday party. The committee plans, coordinates, and executes all aspects of the party, including: catering, entertainment, location, publicity and other duties necessary for a successful event.
The HFSA Leadership Symposium is designed to provide participants with innovative ideas, tools, and discussions to help develop as effective and successful leaders. Lectures, break-out sessions, and networking opportunities help inspire, encourage, and empower attendees to make positive differences in their lives, our community and society as a whole.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
The HFSA Professional Development Committee develops a series of lectures, workshops, and events to provide participants opportunities and tools for development in their careers and professional work environment. The committee develops the series for the year and executes its events. Committee duties include program design, scheduling, coordination, publicity, and final execution of each meeting or event, ensuring each is well-attended. Each chairperson works with the executive committee to determine appropriate topics, agendas, speakers, budget and other logistics as needed.
The HFSA Scholarship Committee manages the fundraising program for the annual scholarship awards. The committee is responsible for all aspects of the scholarship awards, including: setting eligibility criteria, designing and disseminating applications, and reviewing and selecting award recipients. Student award recipients are presented their award at the annual Texas Exes Dinner Event in September. Recipients are notified of their award during the summer preceding the dinner.
The HFSA Welcome Committee coordinates monthly membership meetings. In addition to planning and managing the logistics involved for each meeting, committee members work with the executive committee to ensure guests are greeted with hospitality and goodwill for a sense of community among members and guests.