The Founding Charter
of the Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies Student Association (MEISSA)
The Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies Student Association will be a student organization:
... working in close alliance with the Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies interdisciplinary minor, but not limited in its membership to only those enrolled in the minor.
... focusing on the regions of North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia. Accordingly, an emphasis will be placed on, but not limited to, studying the Islamic world.
... comprising of students of all nationalities, ethnicities, and faiths. The only requirement for membership will be a sincere desire to study issues pertinent to the aforementioned regions.
... working in collaboration with the Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies interdisciplinary minor to bring speakers to Boston College. By this, MEISSA will further campus-wide awareness of the issues facing these regions today.
... and a non-political body. Although students within MEISSA may have affiliations with various other organizations on campus, the work done within MEISSA will be strictly on academic grounds. Because differences of opinions regarding issues will undoubtedly occur among members, dialogue and debate are encouraged. Yet as an organization, MEISSA cannot, and will not, have a political agenda.
... seeking to aid its members in the writing of their individual theses regarding issues pertinent to the aforementioned regions. Annually, MEISSA will publish these in a collective journal, benefiting all members, and the Boston College community at large.
... committed to community service initiatives both within the Boston community and abroad. By this, MEISSA members will gain an understanding of the issues facing the Muslim world via first hand experience and assistance.
... that works to secure internships relating to the MEISSA regions for all interested members. As a result of this, MEISSA members will be able to gain work experience relating to the regions of interest, and accordingly convey what they have learned to the organization as a whole.
... that works to create a Boston consortium of like-minded collegiate organizations. By creating a coalition of organizations with similar purposes, MEISSA will be made aware of more occurrences in the Boston area, and will accordingly give its members more opportunities for academic and personal enrichment.
... that will set up an alumni network database. As a result of this database, MEISSA members will be able to contact previous members who may now be in a line of work of interest to the organization. Through this connection, MEISSA members may gain research assistance, locate possible internships, and collect ideas for career choices to be made after graduation.