Region VIII

Connect Locally in Region VIII

The following organizations, which are independent of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, provide additional opportunities to network and access resources within your state as well as local communities.

Group Contact Address/Phone Number Description of Activities
Bmore Abroad Larry Hogan (
Liz Shearer (
  1. BMore Abroad works within Baltimore and the state of Maryland to increase access to study abroad for local students, and engaging professionals, students, and alumni in the holistic advancement of education abroad as a field through networking events, training sessions, and conferences.
  2. The group envisions a community of EA professionals that work toward advancing the field of education abroad through active engagement across institutional and organizational boundaries providing leadership and a platform for local education abroad professionals to collaborate and innovate.
  3. The group meets monthly.
  4. Please check the website for more information.
PaCIE (Pennsylvania Council for International Education)

Christina Good

Christina Good
1854 Old Orchard Rd.
Abington, PA  19001

  1. PaCIE is a statewide association of more than 55 universities, colleges, and research institutions active in international education.
  2. They work to strengthen international education across the commonwealth through collaborative projects and serving as an advocate for international education at the state level.
  3. PaCIE publishes a newsletter and holds an annual conference in September.
  4. Contact their Web site for more up-to-date information.
VACIE (Virginia Council for International Education) Jane

Jane Wemhoener, Executive Director, VACIE
1492 Smithfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Tel: 540.953.1120
Fax: 540.231.7299

  1. This group sponsors statewide advocacy initiatives including annual Governor's International Education Day.
  2. Contact their Web site for more up-to-date information.

Embassy Dialogue Committee

Senem S. Bakar Assistant Director
International Student & Scholar Services
American University
410 Butler Pavilion
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8041
Tel: 202.885.3350

  1. For updated information, please refer to the Embassy Dialogue Committee's Web site
Hampton Roads FSAs

Visa & Immigration Service Advising ServicesVisa and Immigration Service Advising
Old Dominion University
102 Dragas International Center
Norfolk, VA 23529-0093
Tel: 757.683.4756  
  1. This is an established group that meets to discuss issues and concerns facing foreign student advisers in the Hampton Roads Area.
  2. If you are interested in joining the listserv and organized gatherings among advisors, please contact
Mid-Atlantic Study Abroad Advisors Donna Mancini Associate Dean and Director
Haverford College
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041-1392
Tel: 610.896.1230

  1. This group serves Philadelphia and surrounding areas with some participation from Maryland as well.
  2. The group typically meets twice per year from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at a local institution with a focus on study abroad.
Philadelphia Area International Educators' Network

Meryl Halpern

Center for International Programs
Saint Joseph's University 
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Tel: 610.660.3496
Fax: 610.660.1697

  1. This group meets monthly in Philadelphia area between the months of September and June with no set meetings in November or in May due to NAFSA conferences.
  2. Their meetings focus on a range of topics, including Intercultural issues, simulation games, local Resources, etc. They pay close attention to international student services.

Pittsburgh Local Advisor's Group

Michele Janosko

Office of International Affairs
601 Duquesne Union
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Tel: 412.396.5812
Fax: 412.396.5178

  1. This is a local NAFSA group that includes all the schools in the Pittsburgh area and the surrounding areas. They meet the 4th Tuesday of the month during the academic year.
  2. They do not meet in May due to the NAFSA annual conference.
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education: International Educators Network

John Gradel

Assistant Director
International Student Services & International Admissions
Lock Haven University
401 North Fairview Street, Lock Haven, PA 17745
  1. The membership of this networking group consists of the professionals responsible for international students and study abroad at the 14 state system universities.
  2. Semi-annual meetings are held; one in Harrisburg at the Dixon University Center and the other on one of our campuses. We meet to discuss issues related to international students, study abroad, and opportunities for collaboration.
Virginia International Educators (VIE)

Hunter Swanson

  1. The purpose of this association is for international educators who work in the Virginia area to discuss and share issues and situations related to our field. We do so through the VIE listserv and website, as well as during our Fall and Spring semester day-long conferences.

Tidewater Consortium of Higher Education

Dr. Lawrence Dofolo

4900 Powhatan Ave.
Norfolk, VA. 23529
Tel: 757.683.3183

Baltimore/ Washington Advisors Breakfast Group Fanta Aw

Director, International Student Services
American University
Butler Pavilion 410
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8042
Tel: 202.885.3357

  1. This group holds meetings on a monthly or bimonthly basis with a summer recess.
  2. Their meetings focus on various international education topics ranging from immigration-related subjects to cultural programming.
Washington Area Study Abroad Network (WASAN) Tanith Fowler Corsi, Senior Director, Regional Affairs
NAFSA: Association of International Educators
1307 New York Ave, NW
Washington DC 20005
  1. This is an information group comprised of DC area education abroad professionals from approximately 11 universities/organizations who meet twice a year at rotating DC area universities (December and May) to discuss current topics in education abroad. WASAN also organizes the annual DC area "Life After Study Abroad Conference" (LASAC) which takes place in October at GW. See       
Baltimore Area International Educators Michelle Massey
Office of International Education Services
UMBC - The University of Maryland, Baltimore County
410-455-2469; Admin 227A
  1. This group meets two to four times a year and is compromised of various international educators within the Balitmore region and beyond. 
  2. There is usually a scheduled topic as well as plenty of time to network with people in your area.