This role is an excellent opportunity to learn more about how WDAFS operates and how AFS can play an important part in your career and studentship. Here are some facts about being student rep that you should consider:
– You get to participate in monthly WDAFS Excom calls with the WDAFS Executive Committee: chapter presidents, as well as the WDAFS president, VP, president elect, past president, and secretary treasurer. This is a great way to learn what’s going on in Western Division and gives you insight into how AFS operates. On these calls, you report to Excom on student interests, and relay issues of student concern to the committee and back to students.
– You get to travel to the WDAFS Excom mid-year meeting and WDAFS annual meeting as a member of Excom…which means WDAFS reimburses you for your travel. You participate in meeting planning and give a student report at the meeting. You’ll also communicate any information relevant to students back to WDAFS students.
– You are a non-voting member of Excom, so you get to listen to issues and votes, but are not allowed to vote. Your opinion and perspective are always welcomed.
– You get to help the hosting university plan the WDAFS Student Colloquium! 2015 is at Utah State, 2016 at Oregon State.
– Send periodic emails to WDAFS students letting them know about scholarships and other opportunities available to WDAFS students.
– You have a travel budget – in addition to being reimbursed for travel to the mid-year and annual meetings, you have funds available that are intended to help you visit a Western Division university and spend time with their student AFS subunit.
– I liked to write a “student interest” piece for the WDAFS newsletter occasionally. This is optional, but very much appreciated, and fun.
The student representative is elected for a one-year term, with the option to run for one additional term. Find out more about being the WDAFS Student Rep here: http://wdafs.org/about-us/bylaws-procedural-manual/#officers. I’ll be available to help the new student rep get settled into their role and will share all pertinent information with the new rep, of course.
Interested? Send a one-paragraph biography/letter of interest and a photo to Travis Neebling (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than May 31, 2014. Student reps must be a Western Division graduate or undergraduate student, AFS member in good standing. Student representative terms begin and end with the AFS Annual Meeting. Candidates will be voted on via email poll by other student AFS members in good standing.
Please feel free to contact Tracy Wendt (email@example.com) with questions or for more information.