CommitteeInternational Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice (ISS RP) Committee
Position: Member, Travel Subcommittee 
Term Dates: Two-year term, renewable for one additional term 

The Travel subcommittee is one of five subcommittees within the International Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice (ISS RP) Committee reporting to reporting to the vice president of public policy and practice. The subcommittee focuses on international student and scholar travel, visa, and port-of-entry trends and issues, and is responsible for prioritizing regulatory issues for liaison with the U.S. Department of State (DOS), consular affairs visa office, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Position updated June 2019

Applications are not currently being accepted.


Major Functions and Responsibilities
  • Review, analyze, and prioritize information regarding member regulatory concerns by observing and participating in the ISCA (International Scholar) and ISTA (International Student) Network.NAFSA discussions and reading weekly distribution reports,, and other sources to recommend priority actions to the subcommittee chair and director of regulatory practice liaison.
  • Provide information and analysis to staff as requested, and in a timely manner, for comment letters on matters affecting international students and scholars.
  • Through staff-arranged activities, communicate with government agencies, such as DOS or CBP, on travel, visa, and port-of-entry issues that result in clarification or positively-changed federal practice or procedure.
  • Maintain a strong familiarity with NAFSA’s regulatory information, resources, and practice offerings, as well as an ability to identify appropriate sources of authority. Assist members in locating these resources.
  • Recommend new practice resources or updates to current practices that will be valuable to international student and scholar advisers.
  • Contribute to completion of the ISS RP Work Plan and related Work Plan objectives, in accordance with the NAFSA Strategic Plan.
  • Possess excellent communication skills and a willingness to engage members to discuss current issues, ongoing subcommittee priorities, and agency engagement efforts.
  • Represent and promote ISS RP’s work through annual and regional conference activities and perform rotational committee duties when needed by the chair.
  • Contribute to ISS RP discussions and fulfill rotational committee duties, and utilize the subcommittee’s workspaces to engage dialogue, project development, and archive materials.
  • Review annual conference proposals for regulatory and immigration related submissions.

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 with Other Members
This position collaborates closely with other NAFSA leaders to enhance work efforts across the association.

Relationships with the NAFSA Staff
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.

  • Devote an estimated 4 to 6 hours per month to participate in position responsibilities.
  • Attend ISS RP quarterly calls and contributions to cross-collaborative projects.
  • Attend ISS RP preconference meetings at the NAFSA annual conference in May.
  • Current NAFSA membership throughout the length of volunteer service is appreciated.
  • Previous volunteer/presentation experience with NAFSA at local, regional, or national levels
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience working in the ISSS field with informed regulatory knowledge of immigration and policy issues, an emphasis on travel, and an awareness of how the issues affect this community
  • Institutional support for this volunteer commitment
  • Willingness to adopt organizationwide perspectives and ISS RP strategic priorities
  • Willingness to adopt association priorities and perspectives on volunteer development and management
  • High strategic planning, management, networking, and delegation experience
  • Strong coordination, analytical, oral, and written communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with a team and with NAFSA staff in an outcomes-based environment
  • Commitment to access and respond to email in a timely fashion as well as communicate using online electronic tools/systems in an online workspace.
  • Willingness and ability to travel for participation and representation at NAFSA meetings
  • Ability to manage unconscious bias in the assessment and decisionmaking processes
  • Recognition by peers for being energetic, innovative, and visionary
  • Ability to meet the volunteer commitment outlined and planning calendar deadlines