Committee: Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EA KC)
Position: Co-Chair 
Term Dates: Two-year term, renewable for one term (maximum of 4 years) 

The EA KC Health & Safety in Education Abroad Subcommittee is charged with serving the field to offer model practices resources on health and safety, issues in education abroad.

Position updated July 2017

Applications are not currently being accepted.
Major Functions and Responsibilities
  • Oversee the work of the subcommittee and guide and support members of the subcommittee in the completion of assigned EAKC work plan deliverables.
  • Maintain attentiveness to development and implementation of health and safety in EA programs by observing, prompting, and participating in online discussions forums and reading
  • Contribute to the EAKC annual Work Plan and produces outcomes in accordance with NAFSA’s Strategic Plan.
  • Encourage and facilitate the inclusion of health and safety related content for consideration at annual and regional conferences.
  • Participate in conference calls and an in-person meeting at the annual conference.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of member needs related to this knowledge community based on systematic assessment.

All NAFSA leaders are expected to foster an inclusive environment and seek to learn and understand the multicultural perspectives of the committee/team, our constituents, and stakeholders to align with the NAFSA Diversity and Inclusion Statement. An expression of leadership in this area includes:

  • Engaging the committee/team to identify and implement strategies for increased personal outreach, recruitment, and onboarding for all, especially diversity-focused and underrepresented groups
  • Increasing accessibility and participation from underrepresented groups, individuals, and institutions
  • Expanding educational content within the committees’ purview through intentional outreach and recruitment of diverse presenters and institutional types in partnership with various NAFSA groups

NAFSA: Association of International Educators is a professional association driven by its Strategic Plan as established by the Board of Directors.  The success of the association depends on the productive engagement of three key constituencies: the Board, member-leaders, and staff.  Member-leaders are advocates for the association’s mission, vision, values, diversity and inclusion, and ethical principles. They align their work closely with the Board through its vice presidents and with staff to carry out the Strategic Plan. Member-leader roles are guided by objectives assigned by the Strategic Plan, by outcome accountabilities outlined in the Standing Rules, and by position descriptions for specific roles.

  • This position collaborates closely with other NAFSA leaders to enhance work efforts across the association.
  • This position partners closely with the NAFSA staff partner assigned. Effective relationships reflect and include responsiveness to phone calls/e-mail correspondence, timely delivery on responsibilities, open communication and mutual respect among other characteristics.
  • This is a two-year term as chair and past-chair, renewable once for a maximum term of four years.
  • The estimated time commitment is approximately four to six hours per month with subcommittee conference calls, e-mails, projects, etc..
  • Attend subcommittee meeting during the preconference period at the NAFSA annual conference.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in education abroad.
  • An active interest in assisting colleagues with professional and leadership development.
  • Demonstrated experience working with and researching issues related to health, safety, and security in education abroad.
  • Ability to work effectively with a team in an outcomes-based environment.
  • Willingness to adopt organization-wide perspectives.