In addition to the Executive Council, PRSA’s governance structure includes the following committees staffed by members of the Executive Council and non-Executive Council members recruited to collaborate on specific tasks:
Planning and Budget Committee:
Includes the President, Vice-President/President Elect, Treasurer, the Past-President, the Chair of the Local Organizing Committee for the next Biennial Conference, and an Executive Council graduate student representative. As its name implies, this committee oversees the elaboration of biennial budgets, produces periodical financial reports for internal Executive Council use, for submission to relevant government agencies, and for informing PRSA membership of the general state of its finances. This committee is also responsible for producing a long-term strategic financial plan for the preservation and growth of the organization.
Local Organizing Committee:
This special committee is composed of members of the various institutions that will organize and stage the new biennial conference.
Conference Program Committee:
Composed of Executive Council members and and non-Executive Council members recruited by the Executive Council to give formal structure and final shape to the program of each biennial conference.
Frank Bonilla Book Award Committee:
Composed of PRSA members recruited by the Executive Council to evaluate nominees and select the winner of the Frank Bonilla Award for the Best Book in Puerto Rican Studies published between Biennial Conferences as specified in the announcement for each competition. For details about the Frank Bonilla Book Award competition, click on the Book Award tab.
Best Dissertation Award Committee:
Composed of PRSA members recruited by the Executive Council to evaluate nominees and select the winner of the Best Ph.D. Dissertation in Puerto Rican Studies defended and filed between Biennial Conferences as specified in the announcement for each competition. For details about the Ph.D. Dissertation Award competition, click on the Dissertation Award tab.
Website Editorial Committee:
This committee is charged with managing all aspects of the new website, including the blog under development. Initially composed exclusively by Executive Council members, the Website Editorial Committee will expand to include non-Executive Council members as the demands of website editorial work increase.
From its inception, PRSA’s Executive Council has included graduate student representatives (currently two positions) in an effort to give a voice to young scholars in training and address their specific needs and goals, particularly in the area of professional development.