Board Membership FAQs
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- How many vacancies are there currently?
There is one vacancy on St. John to be filled
- What is the size of the Board?
The Board is comprised of thirteen members. Ten are elected by the membership, and the remaining three are appointed by the Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- How long do members serve?
Members are elected to two three-year terms served consecutively for a total of six years. Members are allowed to serve after their terms have expired until a replacement is found.
- Is there an application? How do I indicate my interest?
There is no application. All that is required is that you send a letter addressed to the Board Development Committee that addresses the following points:
- Your willingness to serve on the Board
- Your experience with and/or knowledge of the humanities
- What do you feel you can contribute to the Council
- A brief biographical statement and/or a copy of your current resume or C.V.
- What if I want to nominate someone other than myself?
That is also acceptable. Simply send a letter to the Board Development Committee nominating the person of your choice. You should say something about why you are nomination that person and why you think he or she would be a valuable addition to the Council. Once the Council receives the letter, we will contact the nominee to let the person know of his or her nomination and request certain information.
- What does the Council do?
In a nutshell, VIHC promotes the humanities in the Virgin Islands through a variety of programs including awarding of grants to community groups for humanities projects, operaion of a humanities resource center, publications program and speaker's bureau among other programs.
- What are the humanities?
The humanities are all those disciplines that help us to explore what it means to be human (the human experience). They include history, literature, folklife studies, cultural anthropology, archaeology, philosophy, ethics, comparative religion, law, and the history and criticism of the arts.
- Is the Council a government agency?
No. The Council is a private not-for-profit organization that is affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities, an agency of the federal government. The Council currently receives no dollars from the Government of the Virgin Islands.
- May I fax or email my application?
No. All letters of interest should be mailed to: Board Development Committee, Virgin Islands Humanities Council, #1829 Kongens Gade, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 00802.
- Does the Council have a website where I can learn more about its programs?
Yes. The address of the website is http://www.vihumanities.org