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What are the differences between the Membership Levels?

Membership Levels are available for different career stages, for institutions, and for those who wish to donate to the organization. Find out more here.


Can an institution purchase an SGCI Membership?

Yes! We recently implemented an Institutional Membership program. Find out more here.


What if I purchased my Membership in-between conferences?

Your membership is good for one year from the date of purchase. When logged in to our website, our database will recognize you as an active member. If your membership expires before the conference, you will be prompted via email to renew.


Does SGCI have a Code of Conduct or membership requirements?

What do I do if I’ve been harassed by another member at a conference?

Who do I tell if a board member has harassed me?)

The board is now taking measures to go forward with enacting a Code of Conduct that will address our shared values. We will establish a membership that is held accountable to participate in our annual conference and all interactions with respect and dignity, and not tolerate harassment of any kind. This Code of Conduct is currently one of many new policies being reviewed by the board. We are currently looking at what other organizations are successfully doing and seeking advice on best practices in this area.

As the Code of Conduct is another action currently in need of review, if you have been harassed by anyone at a conference, please report it to The Listening Channel. If any current or past board member has harassed you as a member of this organization, please reach out to anyone that you trust, either within SGCI or outside of it. We want The Listening Channel to be your direct reporting channel but understand if you need to reach out to others first.


Board & Staff

Who has decision-making ability within SGCI?

Why do Immediate Past-President and Past-Treasurer have voting positions? How does this help with continuity?

Does SGCI have term limits?

How often do board members repeat terms?

The Executive Board makes decisions about the organization as a whole through a process of meetings, discussion, motions, and votes. The Executive Board is renewed every two years with the exception of the Ex-officio President and Ex-officio Treasurer, who serve the board for two additional years after their Presidency/Treasurer tenure has ended (for a total of four years), and guide the new board with their past experience and support leadership transitions. Some members move into different positions on the board and serve longer than two years. This has helped with continuity with experienced members while welcoming new members into the board.

The Conference Steering Committee juries which panels, demos, themed portfolios, and other conference programming is accepted each year for the conference. The exception is the SGCI-sponsored events, which are programmed by the SGCI Executive Board.

The Program Coordinator has no voting rights on the Executive Board or Steering Committee. They execute their duties at the direction of the Executive Board, in an administrative capacity and supporting role.


What is the board nominations process?

The board nomination process is conducted by the current President, who calls for a Nominating Committee. The Committee then acts as a separate group who then juries their selections from within the admin section of the website based on all the submissions. A slate of approved candidates is then sent to the current Executive Board for final approval and discussion. Once a slate has been approved, it is sent to the membership for voting. The Executive Board does not see all of the nominations – only the approved slate as chosen by the Nominating Committee.

The request for nominations (self or other) is currently posted to our Get Involved page and a short description of each position is there as well. We are currently seeking nominations for a number of appointments. You do not need a letter of support to run. You may also nominate someone that you feel would be a good fit for the position, but it is not anonymous.


Where are SCGI’s Constitution and Bylaws?

Our most current by-laws are posted on our website, located at Constitution and By-Laws of SGC International. We are undertaking a process of revising the By-Laws and also seeking two members to serve on this committee.


Where can I find SGCI’s financial statements?

All of SGCI’s yearly spending and the payment of our staff member and contract employees can be found in our public financial statements that are posted to


How do I contact SGCI with concerns? 
(Can it be anonymous?  Who is on the receiving end and will I get a reply?)

Reporting of any kind may be done at or through our anonymous reporting system at To report on any issue associated with the organization anonymously, leave the e-mail field blank and members of the board (Faisal Abdu’Allah, Arron Foster, Nicole Geary) will receive the message. You will receive a reply from one of the board members within a few days of receiving your message. If you report anonymously, however, we cannot contact you. Will will take your issue to the rest of the board and discuss it, work on it, or reach out to any involved parties as necessary.


How does the Program Coordinator communicate with members?

Part of the job of the Program Coordinator is to monitor and oversee communications such as e-mail, social media, and our website. Messages from the board often will come from the account of the Program Coordinator or may be sent with the collaboration and insight of SGCI’s only employee. As per our handbook, her position asks that they “communicate with members, vendors, accountants, etc. on behalf of and under the direction of the current President of the organization.”