Cheryl Hou

Cheryl Hou (JETAA PNW)

Cheryl Hou (JETAA PNW)

Pacific Northwest JETAA (US-11)

Activities and Qualifications

  • JETAA USA Country Representative: 2015-2017
  • Attended 2016 JETAA International Conference and 30th Anniversary Commencement Ceremony in Tokyo, Japan
  • Attended and assisted 2016 JETAA USA National Conference in Los Angeles
  • Attended and assisted 2016 Regional Membership Conference in Atlanta
  • Assisted Great Lakes Chapter with the planning of the 2015 JETAA USA National Conference in Detroit, Michigan.
  • Pacific Northwest JETAA Executive Advisory Board: 2010 – Present
  • 2014 JETAA USA National Conference Coordinator: 2014
  • Coordinator for the 2014 JETAA USA National Conference in Seattle
  • Attended the JETAA USA National Conferences: 2012 – Present
  • Pacific Northwest JETAA President: 2012 – 2014
  • Attended National Conferences in Minneapolis (2013) and San Francisco (2012)
  • Transitions Career Forum + Networking Expo Coordinator: 2013
  • JET Program Candidate Interviewer: 2012, 2016, 2017
  • JET Program Pre-Departure Orientation Presenter: 2009 – Present
  • Pacific Northwest JETAA Vice President: 2011-2012
  • Pacific Northwest JETAA Social & Volunteer Coordinator: 2009 – 2011
  • Attended Regional Technology Conference in Portland: 2010
  • Toyama Regional Coordinator: 2007-2008
  • AJET Library Coordinator for Toyama Prefecture: 2006 – 2008
  • Assistant Language Teacher in Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture: 2005 – 2008
  • Works closely with Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle in promoting the JET Program and various other initiatives at the local level
  • Work with Japanese-American and Japanese community groups in strengthening the relationship between Japan and the USA

After two full years of being one of the Country Representatives for JETAA USA, I finally feel like I’m on firm footing. I came into this role with the bare bones of knowledge of what the position would entail. Along with Monica Yuki and Xander Peterson, I’ve spent the last two years restructuring how JETAA USA operates in the context of its role, and its involvement with, not only the individual chapters, but with the JETAA USA National Conference and its role within the international community.

In Fall 2016, we were privileged to be invited to attend the JETAA International Conference in Tokyo. This was the first international conference/meeting to occur since 2011. We were able to meet other County Representatives and facilitate discussions on the future of JETAA, of Japan relations, and ways to further and establish JETAA groups in smaller participant countries.

This summer 2017, the National Conference and the All-JET Reunion will be held in Washington, DC. Due to these two events happening back to back, and understanding how much work will need to go into both, I am keen on continuing my role as Country Representative, and working on the two events in every way possible. Disclosure: I will be unable to attend the event this summer due to a family conflict, but after much discussion and thought, I firmly believe I will be able to commit fully to the planning of both projects as much of the required CR work will be done off-ground.

There are two key projects for the 2017 and 2018 year I would like to focus on for my third year as Country Representative for JETAA USA :

  1. Establish and incorporate the permanent share of of responsibilities and burdens on hosting the annual National Conference for JETAA USA Chapters. 2015 was the first year that the planning of National Conferences included the JETAA USA Country Representatives in a concrete and visible way, thanks to the efforts of Monica Yuki. We continued this in 2016 at the National Conference in Los Angeles, and we would like to fully incorporate this trend and establish it as a necessary requirement where Country Representatives work with hosting Chapters in the planning and the execution of each year’s JETAA USA National Conference.
  2. Streamlining the accessibility of USJETAA to the benefit of JETAA USA Chapters. USJETAA has been fortunate to receive funding for individual chapters on chapter events, and has been able to disburse significant grants for projects; my goal is to improve the response to these funding opportunities by increasing access to it via remote assistance to smaller Chapters.

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