CVIP promotes mutual cross-cultural education, understanding, appreciation and friendship between the Greater Lansing Community and MSU's international students, scholars and their families through a variety of programs and services.
The name of this organization shall be Community Volunteers for International Programs (CVIP).
This organization is a non-profit corporation organized under the Michigan Non-Profit Corporation Act, Section 911, Act 162, Public Acts of 1982, and has tax exempt status under section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The purpose of Community Volunteers for International Programs (CVIP) is to enhance hospitality and assistance for Michigan State University's international community (students, faculty, visitors, and their families) in cooperation with, and as a supplement to, the MSU Office for International Students and Scholars. By encouraging community involvement, CVIP seeks to increase mutual understanding and goodwill among peoples of the world.
No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda, attempting to influence legislation, or participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of a candidate for public office.
Membership in CVIP is automatic to all persons who have indicated their willingness to accept the purpose of the organization and who contribute through service or gifts.
Hereafter, the word "Board" indicates the CVIP Board. The voting members shall consist of the officers, immediate past president, committee and program chairpersons, historian, and members at large.
Representatives listed in Article I, Section B and C shall be ex-officio members.
Section A. Members-at-large appointed by the President shall include no more than five (5) individuals. The term of appointment shall be one year, and members may be reappointed up to a three additional terms.
Section B. Michigan State University representatives shall be invited from the Office of the Dean of International Studies and Programs, Office for International Students and Scholars, and other units as appropriate.
Section C. Community representatives may be invited from organizations supporting CVIP programs and activities, by action of the Board.
Section D. Business of the Board shall be conducted in person or electronically.
Section A. Officers shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, and shall be elected at the annual meeting.
Section B. Term of Office
Section C. Powers and Duties
Vice President shall:
Section A. The Executive Committee conducts necessary business of the organization between Board meetings and shall:
Section B. The Leadership Committee identifies, trains and equips present and future CVIP leadership and shall:
Section C. The Finance Committee shall prepare and submit a budget for the next year and shall be composed of the Treasurer (who serves as Chairperson), President, Vice President and other appropriate persons appointed by the President.
Section D. The Administrative Services Committee provides support for the CVIP office, database, website and public relations, and shall:
Section E. Ad Hoc Committees
CVIP Programs (See Addendum for current list.)
Section A. New Programs: Concepts for new programs will be presented to the Executive Committee prior to presentation to the Board. The proposal must be presented one month prior to voting and must be approved by
two thirds of the Board members present at the meeting. A new program will be piloted for one year and
evaluated before added to the list of CVIP programs.
Section B: Programs may be dissolved by a two-thirds vote of the Board members present at a regular meeting, provided such amendments are submitted to the members one month in advance.
Section C. A Program Chairperson shall:
Section D. The position of Program Chairperson may be shared by up to two people, each of whom must be approved by the Board.
Section E. Programs Chairs shall conduct evaluations of their programs.
The Board shall be empowered by majority vote to establish and maintain affiliations with other international, national, state, or local organizations in order to sustain and promote the mission of CVIP. The Board may dissolve such affiliations when it no longer serves the CVIP mission or if the affiliated organization no longer exists.
The fiscal year shall be July 1 through June 30.
Section A. Meetings
Section B. Reports
Officers and Committee and Program Chairpersons shall submit a written annual report for inclusion in the CVIP Annual Report.
In the event of dissolution, all the remaining assets in the Lillian Kumata Scholarship fund and in the CVIP account in the MSU Federal Credit Union and/ or any other financial institution will be transferred to the Park/CVIP Endowed Scholarship Fund, a Michigan State University Development account.
A quorum shall be a simple majority of official Board members.
Section A. Revision
The Constitution and/or By-Laws may be revised by a two-thirds vote of the Board members, provided such revisions are submitted to the members one month in advance.
Section B. Amendments
The Constitution and/or By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the Board members, provided such amendments are submitted to the members one month in advance
Accepted: March 1967
Revised: June 1969; December 1973; December 1975; January 1982; April 1988; 1990; October 1993; May 1998; December 2000; 2004; December 2007; November 2008; April, 2015
(As of April, 2016, to be updated annually)
MSU Global Festival
The Global Festival is held annually and sponsored by CVIP, International Studies and Programs, the Office for International Students and Scholars, Internationalizing Student Life, and the MSU Union Activities Board. The festival is free to the entire greater Lansing community and features international activities, exhibits, demonstrations, stage entertainment, and food. The CVIP World Gift Shop offers donated items from around the world, the proceeds of which are used to fund CVIP scholarships.
Visits to area homes are arranged once each semester for international students in the A+ Haslett English Language School. These visits introduce the students to one of a variety of American homes, in a warmly welcoming situation.
International Friendship Program (IFP)
Greater Lansing area friends, married or single, working or retired, are matched with MSU international students or scholars to promote cross cultural friendship. The goals are to share American life with international students and to increase American understanding of other cultures.
International Speakers Program (I Speak)
This Committee coordinates requests for international students and scholars to make presentations at schools and/or local community groups in the greater Lansing area. When necessary, members also arrange transportation for student speakers.
International Spouse Connection (ISC)
The International Spouse Connection (ISC) is a group organized by international spouses/partners for international spouses. Our mission is to help international spouses make connections and to find friendship and support within the international community at MSU.
International Student Lending Center
Members gather and prepare donated household goods for distribution to newly-arrived MSU international students and scholars.
Lillian Kumata Scholarship Program
CVIP Scholarships are available to international student spouses who are enrolled at MSU, have strong academic records and demonstrate need. The Scholarship Committee interviews applicants and determines recipients. The funding sources for these awards are from individual and organizational gifts and the proceeds from World Gift Shop sales at the annual Global Festival.
Volunteer English Tutoring Program (VETP)
VETP provides free English conversation practice for Michigan State University's international students and scholars and their adult family members. VETP classes provide a friendly and relaxed learning environment in which Participants can try out their oral English and practice their listening skills.