Education Abroad Regulatory Practice Committee (EA RP)

The EA RP is charged with identifying regulatory practice issues that need action through government agency liaison by NAFSA staff or team members as requested by staff. The EA RP Committee assists NAFSA's vice president for public policy and practice (VPPPP) to communicate regulatory practice issues to members and identifies longer term public policy issues and forwards those to the VPPPP.

The EA RP team works hard to address regulatory practice issues that affect a broad variety of areas including federal financial aid regulations, education abroad visa issues, Clery Act reporting, and federal resources for education abroad professionals such as services available through American Citizen Services at the U.S. Dept. of State or the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC).

    EA RP Subcommittees

    The EA RP subcommittees are made up of members with specific expertise in the education abroad field. The subcommittees assist the EA RP to prioritize regulatory issues for NAFSA. The EA RP currently has two subcommittees: Consular Affairs Liaison (CAL) Subcommittee and the Federal Financial Aid Subcommittee.

    Katherine Meyer

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    Katherine Meyer
    Hamline University
    Chair, EA RP Committee
    Katherine Meyer has been in the field of education for a decade as a first gen study abroad student, ESL teacher, financial aid admin, and now study abroad professional. Meyer completed a master's degree in cross-cultural communication and educational programming and is currently working on a...

    Jason Sanderson, PhD

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    Georgetown University
    Member-at-Large, EA RP Committee
    Jason Sanderson, PhD, is the assistant director of curriculum integration and assessment at Georgetown University's Office of Global Education, where he has advised students interested in a variety of programs in Europe and Africa since 2004. He works closely with faculty on issues related to...

    Holly Hudson

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    Holly Hudson
    Texas A&M University
    Chair, Federal Financial Aid Subcommittee
    Holly Hudson has been working in international education for close to 20 years and currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Global Engagement at Texas A&M University. She is an advocate for access and inclusion in education abroad and frequently presents at the national and regional...

    Mark Eckman

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    University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Member-at-Large, EA RP Committee
    Mark Eckman is the director of education abroad at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a role he began in the fall of 2019. Prior to that he led the Study Abroad Office at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. In both roles Mark has also worked as a deputy Title IX coordinator, focusing on...

    Gina Mahfood

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    Gina Mahfood
    CEA Study Abroad
    Member-at-Large, EA RP Committee
    Gina has been working in education for about 20 years, with experience in international education, post-secondary enrollment, learning and educational development, and industrial and organizational improvements. Gina earned a BA in psychology from Washington and Jefferson College and began her...

    Rebecca James

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    CEA Study Abroad
    Consular Liaison at Large
    Based in New York City, Rebecca is CEA’s regional director–east where she cultivates and maintains relationships with study abroad offices, faculty and staff at U.S. colleges and universities to help support their education abroad goals. Prior to joining CEA in August 2009, Rebecca worked as the...
    Federal Financial Aid Subcommittee
    Consular Affairs Liaisons Subcommittee