The organizational structure for this initiative will consist of the following:
- Co-Chairs: The EERI YMC will be led by 2-3 Co-Chairs who are appointed via a majority vote from the active YMC members. The Co-Chairs will serve for a term of 2 years, for a one term maximum*. Elections for Co-Chairs should be held at least three (3) months prior to the annual meeting when the leadership transfer will occur. YMC members are encouraged to consider the following qualities when voting for the new YMC Co-Chairs:
- Experience and active involvement with YMC and its subcommittees (primary)
- Experience and active involvement with the SLC, other external national-level EERI committees, regional or student chapters (secondary)
- Ability or skills needed to meet the highest priority needs of the committee
*In the absence of qualified candidates, the co-chairs are allowed to extend their term with approval from the EERI Board of Directors and the majority of voting YMC members, until special elections can be held.
- Executive Committee: The Executive Committee is led by the YMC Co-Chairs and will be an appointed group of approximately 5-10 active YMC members who guide activities of the committee. The executive committee includes the YMC secretary, subcommittee co-chairs, webmaster/public relations chair, SLC liasion, and webinar coordinators. The executive committee also includes external members including the EERI staff liaison and EERI Board liaison. Proposals for the establishment of new executive committee roles can be developed by any EERI YMC member and must be approved by the Co-Chairs.
- Committee (at-large): This committee’s membership is open to any EERI member who is within five years of completing their education (BS, MS, PhD, or Postdoc) or younger than 35 years in age, whichever is less restrictive. This encompasses, but is not limited to, members formally registered with EERI as Young Professional Members.
- Subcommittees: EERI YMC Subcommittees are open to any EERI member that meets the criteria described previously for the Program Committee. Each subcommittee will be led by 1-2 Subcommittee Chair(s). The Subcommittees are tasked to achieve various initiatives of the program and also may support external committees (i.e. LFE or SESI). Proposals for the establishment of new sub-committees can be developed by any EERI YMC member or executive board member from external committees. Proposed subcommittees must be formally approved by the EERI Board of Directors and YMC Co-Chairs. There is no limit to the number of subcommittees that can be added.
Assignment of Activities & Responsibilities:
Subcommittees will implement the activities of the YMC along with the Executive Committee.
The responsibilities of each group are detailed below.
Charge: Set vision for YMC and provide oversight of YMC & Subcommittee activities
- Coordinate with the EERI Executive Director and Staff in administration of the YMC.
- Support and enhance Subcommittee activities.
- Report to the EERI Board.
- Ensure that the program is achieving its mission and goals.
- Consider and develop new YMC activities, when needed.
- Organize Annual Meeting events to serve EERI Young Professional Members.
EERI Staff & Board Liaisons
Charge: Support Implementation of YMC & Subcommittee activities
- Support implementation of Executive Committee & Subcommittee activities.
- Consider and recommend new activities or operational improvements to further YMC mission, when needed.
- Ensure that EERI Young Professional Members are aware of YMC activities and how these members can participate in the YMC.
- Provide support to maintain YMC web presence and communications mechanisms.
- Provide feedback and submit budgets/annual report required by EERI Board.
Charge: Provide support and feedback to YMC. Promote participation of members in YMC subcommittees and their activities.
- Hold regular meetings to provide committee members updates on YMC activities (i.e. monthly).
- Meet goals set on the yearly budget request/annual report.
Virtual Earthquake Reconnaissance Team Subcommittee
Charge: Provide opportunities for graduate students, early career professionals, and young faculty within the EERI organization to be involved in post-earthquake reconnaissance through the EERI Learning from Earthquakes (LFE) program.
- Explore ways that V-ERT volunteers can contribute to the EERI response in ways that are meaningful and relevant to the specific situation.
- Activate and implement the response plan discussed with the LFE Executive Committee upon occurrence of any major earthquake in need of virtual reconnaissance.
- Provide pertinent information to the reconnaissance teams being deployed through the EERI, partner organizations, and supporting companies.
- Provide post-reconnaissance trip data-processing for teams deployed through EERI, partner organizations, and supporting companies.
- Work with local EERI members to gather real-time information about the state of the community after the earthquake.
- Disseminate most recent virtual earthquake reconnaissance information to the EERI community via the EERI Virtual Clearinghouse.