Guidelines for Establishing an Interest Group

Interest Groups are established when there is a need to focus on a particular interest of NACADA members that is not served by an existing commission or interest group.  These groups operate without formal governance or activities and are an informal way of communicating similar interests in advising issues.

  • By February 1, request for a potential new interest group is made by NACADA member(s) to the CIG Division Representatives and the Executive Office Liaison to the Division. This request should include:
    1. a brief (no more than one-page) rationale, discussing the need for the additional interest group, and
    2. the name of the interim chair who will be responsible for coordinating the initial meeting at the annual conference.
  • Upon receipt and approval of request,
    • Meeting space at annual fall conference assigned to potential new interest group.
    • Table at Commission & Interest Group Fair provided for potential new interest group.
    • Potential interest group added to NACADA membership form as possible choice by members.
    • Listserv established for potential new interest group.
  • Fall – Annual Conference, the potential new interest group meets at NACADA Annual Conference and participates in the Commission & Interest Group Fair. Attendees assess the viability of the additional interest group.

If it is determined by those meeting at the conference that interest group status should be requested:

By November 15, a formal request to create the additional interest group should be sent to the CIG Division Representatives and the Executive Office Liaison. This request should include:

  1. The number of NACADA members attending the initial meeting at annual conference
  2. Rationale for creation of the interest group
  3. Two-year goals for the interest group
  4. Diversity Charge - Include how the proposed interest group will enhance and seek to expand the diversity of NACADA. With this charge, the NACADA Board of Directors seeks to increase the diversity of NACADA by attracting and involving members from diverse ethnicities, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, as well as from institutions of diverse sizes and types, in an effort to add the richness of diverse representation within all units of the association.
  5. The name of the first appointed interest group chair for the interest group, which may be the person making the formal request.
  • That the formal request for interest group status has been approved by the Division Representatives and forwarded to be put to a vote by the interest group chairs at the upcoming NACADA Annual Conference. The chair of the potential interest group should respond to the Division Representatives by February 1 to confirm plans to proceed with the request for interest group status so a meeting room at the next NACADA Annual Conference can be reserved. Once approved as an official interest group (if applicable), web pages will be established for this new interest group.

The chair is invited to attend the Division meeting at the NACADA Annual Conference as a nonvoting member. NACADA funding is not available for chairs of potential interest groups to attend Division meetings.

OR

  • That the potential interest group should continue to build member support by meeting at the next NACADA Annual Conference. The requestor should respond to the Division Representatives by February 1, so that a meeting room at the next NACADA Annual Conference can be reserved.

OR

  • That the formal request for interest group status has been denied.
With each notification, the Division Representatives will include a rationale for their decision. Any appeal of the notification should be made to the Division Representatives by February 10. Division Representatives, in consultation with the CIGD Steering Committee, will respond to any appeals by March 1.

Fall – Annual Conference, potential interest groups will present the proposal for full interest group status at the CIG Division meeting, to be voted upon by chairs of existing interest groups. If approved, the Division Representatives will forward to the Council for final action. If the Council approves the application for interest group status, a chair and/or co-chairs will be selected with the lead co-chair becoming a voting member in the Division.