Bylaws of the
University at Colorado Boulder,
Broadening Opportunities through Leadership and Diversity (BOLD) Advisory Council

(Adopted October 2012) Edited April 2015


Section 1. Name

The name of this organization shall be University of Colorado Boulder, College of Engineering and Applied Science, Engineering BOLD Advisory Council, hereinafter referred to in these Bylaws as the "BAC”.

Section 2. Purposes

The purposes of the BAC are:

  • Act as an accountability partner and advisory body to the BOLD Center and the Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence in the College of Engineering and Applied Science regarding access, retention and performance of underrepresented engineering students
  • Communicate semi-annually to the college’s advisory council (EAC) on matters of interest to the BAC and approved by the Chair, Vice Chair and Assistant Dean
  • Provide advice and feedback on allocation of BOLD resources towards various programs and initiatives
  • Help create internship and other professional and networking opportunities for underrepresented engineering students to connect with industry representatives throughout their undergraduate experience
  • Participate in resource development to support and expand BOLD Center operations, programmatic and scholarship funding through advocacy for corporate and foundation funding of annual gifts and endowments, and through the annual contribution of private gifts, to benefit BOLD initiatives
  • Assist the college in expanding community relations beyond the Advisory Council to further the college’s diversity initiative and expand access to underrepresented students
  • Help develop, guide and serve as an extension of the BOLD team’s external education and outreach — including creating connections between K-12, community colleges and the university
  • Serve as advocates of BOLD’s mission and purpose within corporate and professional communities, promoting the value BOLD adds to the College of Engineering and the university.


Section 1. Organization and Administration

The BAC shall consist of up to 18 regular members as determined by the Assistant Dean of Inclusive Excellence (Assistant Dean). This number may be increased on a temporary basis when new members are added in advance of the expiration of other members’ terms.

Included among the ex-officio members shall be the Dean and Assistant Deans of the College of Engineering and Applied Science including the Assistant Dean for Advancement.

Section 2. Manner of Selection and Term of Office

Candidates for membership on the BAC shall be recommended by the Assistant Dean and approved by the BAC to serve a term of three (3) years.

The terms of office of those constituting the regular members of the BAC shall expire on June 30 of successive years, with the goal being that no more than 35% of the terms expire in any year.

A BAC member may serve more than one term at the request of the Assistant Dean. Past Chairs will serve as Chairs Emeriti and are invited to attend BAC meetings after their terms of office expire.

Section 3. Meetings

The BAC shall hold two (2) regular meetings each academic year, the date, time and place of which shall be designated by the Assistant Dean in collaboration with the Chair and Vice Chair. One of the regular meetings is to be in the fall and the other in the spring. Unless otherwise designated by the Assistant Dean or Chair, meetings shall be held at the College in Boulder, Colorado.

Formally report out to the EAC at their semi-annual meetings, either through the Chair, Vice Chair or Assistant Dean.

Section 4. Member Expectations

Recognizing that the BAC is a leadership council, setting an example for other alumni and supporters of the College, each member is expected to provide personal financial support to the BOLD, to help solicit other support for the BOLD operations, to be an advocate for the mission of BOLD, and to attend and actively participate in the BAC meetings and other activities that advance the goals of the Center.


Section 1. Presiding Officers and Succession

The presiding officers shall be the Chair and Vice Chair of the BAC. The Chair and Vice Chair, as nominated by the Assistant Dean, shall be approved by the members of the BAC and shall serve for one year. Typically, a successful Vice Chair will be asked by the Assistant Dean to serve as the Chair for the next term to provide for continuity of strategy and program oversight.

Shortly after each BAC meeting, the Chair and Vice Chair will collaborate on a summary and set of recommendations that emerged from the BAC meeting to be provided to the Assistant Dean. The Assistant Dean will provide an update on those recommendations to the BAC at the following meeting.


Section 1. Committees and Task Forces as determined by the Chair, Vice Chair and Assistant Dean

The Chair, Vice Chair and Assistant Dean may identify other Committees or assign Task Forces. The purpose, deliverables, membership and term of such committees/task forces must be identified at the instigation of the committees/task forces. Possible committees include the Resource Development Committee.

Time shall be scheduled at BAC meetings for such committees and task forces to meet and then report to the entire Council. The committees should work on committee assignments between Council meetings and participate in telephone conferences as needed. The committees shall define specific agendas, and shall select the next committee chair at the conclusion of the spring BAC meeting.


Section 1. Other Activities and Reports

All activities of the BAC shall either be approved by the Chair and the Assistant Dean or the full BAC.