Community Advisory Council: FAQs


How often will the CAC meet?
Where will the meetings be held?
What are the qualifications needed for serving on the CAC?
When will I find out if I am selected?
In general, how many hours per week would I need to dedicate to the CAC?
Will there be any compensation?
How much time would I need to commit to for Working Groups work?
How will you determine which Working Group each person will serve on?
How will you determine which members are selected to the Leadership Council?
If selected to serve on the Leadership Council, what is the additional time requirement?
What is the term limit for a member of the CAC?

How often will the CAC meet?

The CAC will meet monthly starting in June through the end of 2019, then quarterly with WSU’s Backbone Structure to discuss priority initiatives.

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Where will the meetings be held?

The meetings will take place at the West Side United offices located at 2225 W. Harrison St.

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What are the qualifications needed for serving on the CAC?

In order to be considered for this role, applicants must be at least 18 years old and live and/or work in at least one of the 10 neighborhoods comprising the West Side (Austin, Humboldt Park, West Town, Belmont/Cragin, East Garfield Park, West Garfield Park, North Lawndale, South Lawndale, Near West Side, Lower West Side).

The ideal candidate possesses a passion for social justice issues and can demonstrate a clear call to service. This person plays a role in the West Side community that gives them the ability to credibly reach a multitude of West Side residents (i.e. long-time resident, educator, faith leader, youth leader, community based org employee, small business owner, healthcare provider) . Preference will be given to West Side residents.

Although not required, the ideal candidate may also have some experience being a leader in their community and have some working knowledge in one or more of the following fields: Education, Economic Vitality, Healthcare, and Community Development.

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When will I find out if I am selected?

Applicants will be notified of their final status the first week of June, 2019. Please see the Selection Timeline for more information.

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In general, how many hours per week would I need to dedicate to the CAC?

CAC members should anticipate spending 5-10 hours per month on WSU activities.

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Will there be any compensation?

WSU will provide council members with a modest stipend.

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How much time would I need to commit to for Working Groups work?

The time requirement will vary by Working Group. Some meet weekly for about one hour, others less often.

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How will you determine which Working Group each person will serve on?

Each council member will choose the Working Group that best fits their interests/experience.

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How will you determine which members are selected to the Leadership Council?

A process for selecting Leadership Council members from the CAC is being developed and will be shared once the CAC is formed.

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If selected to serve on the Leadership Council, what is the additional time requirement?

The Leadership Council will meet every 6 weeks through 2019, then quarterly.

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What is the term limit for a member of the CAC?

We ask for a 2 year commitment with an option to renew for a 3rd year.

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