CSI invites interested public agencies, research and educational institutions, not-for-profit organizations and other groups with programs in education, research, or a focus on environmental and cultural revitalization in the Calumet region to apply for membership. There are no membership fees for belonging to CSI.
There are two levels of membership: 1) General Member, which entails consistent participation in CSI planning, leadership, and programmatic activities, and 2) Partner in Support, which requires less regular engagement in CSI activities and affords less involvement in decision making than General Membership. Partners in support do participate in select activities to promote, participate in, and support CSI activities and goals. Details of these membership differences are outlined in the online application and the downloadable documents below.
Once you submit your application, the steering committee will take up your membership at its next scheduled meeting. Acceptance is by a simple majority vote, and once accepted, membership is complete upon signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Applicants will be kept informed of the progress of their application, including questions that may arise during the process. To learn more you can consult the CSI Policies and Procedures document. Or feel free to contact us.
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