The chair of the MEC manages a committee that is responsible for engagement of members, supportingthe Member Interest Groups (MIGs), recognition of members via national awards, and partnerships to foster the collaboration and promotion of NAFSA membership. The first year of the term of office, is spent as the chair-elect, shadowing and supporting the existing chair of MEC, before transitioning into that role in the second year. The Chair leads the MEC committee through virtual and in-person meetings to achieve the assigned outcomes of the work plan, monitors progress of MEC activities, and reports progress to the Vice President for Professional Development and Engagement (VP PDE) throughout the year.
The committee recommends to the VP PDE the structures and initiatives for engagement of members in NAFSA. The committee also oversees support for the MIGs, as well as promotion and growth of the national awards program. The committee maintains outreach to member constituencies to understand the career needs of members and the value of NAFSA membership.