Committee: Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EA KC)
Position:   Member, Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion in Education Abroad 
Term Dates: Two-year term, renewable for one term (maximum of 4 years) 

The Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EA KC) on Diversity and Inclusion Education Abroad Subcommittee is charged with creating and disseminating resources that will help education abroad professionals increase education abroad program offerings in nontraditional destinations and to increase the participation of underrepresented student populations and academic disciplines in education abroad.

Position updated June 2019

Applications are not currently being accepted.
Major Functions and Responsibilities
  • Assist with the work of the subcommittee to develop resources supporting diversity and inclusion in education abroad, in accordance with the annual EA KC Work Plan. Ensure that assigned items are completed.
  • Maintain attentiveness to development and implementation of diversity and inclusion in EA programs by observing, prompting, and participating in online discussion forums and reading NAFSA.news.
  • Maintain a strong familiarity with NAFSA’s resources. Assist members in locating these resources.
  • Encourage and facilitate the adoption of education abroad diversity and inclusion content for consideration at NAFSA annual and regional conferences.
  • Participate in conference calls and an in-person meeting at the annual conference.
  • Curate content for NAFSA web pages on diversity and inclusion in education abroad by ensuring it is relevant and current.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of member needs related to this knowledge community, based on systematic assessment.
  • Adhere to the EA KC charge to the Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion in Education Abroad. 

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.

Relationships
  • 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, email correspondence, timely delivery on responsibilities, open communication, and mutual respect among, other characteristics. 
Commitment
  • Serve a two-year term, renewable once for a maximum term of 4 years.
  • Devote 2 to 4 hours per month to ongoing email correspondence, projects, subcommittee conference calls, and other responsibilities.
  • Attend the annual subcommittee meeting during NAFSA annual conferences, when possible. 
Qualifications
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in education abroad
  • Demonstrated experience working with or researching diversity and inclusion initiatives, nontraditional destinations, and their impact on the management of education abroad programs
  • Willingness to adopt organizationwide perspectives and EA KC strategic priorities
  • Ability to work effectively with a team in an outcomes-based environment High strategic planning, management, networking, and collaborative experience
  • Ability to manage unconscious bias in the assessment and decisionmaking processes
  • NAFSA membership through the term of service is appreciated