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
Liz Shearer ([email protected])
  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.
PACIE (Pennsylvania Council for International Education)
Christina Good
[email protected]
  1. PACIE is a statewide association of more than 55 universities, colleges, research institutions, K-12 teachers and administrators active in global 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.
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
[email protected]
  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 [email protected].
Philadelphia Professionals in International Education (PhillyPIE)

Seth Weil
Regional Director- Mid-Atlantic
Center for Education Abroad (CEA)
[email protected]
  1. This group meets regularly to bring together international education professionals in and around Philadelphia.
  2. Meetings focus networking and/or professional development. Professional development topics such as intercultural issues, local resources and breaking into the field.
Pittsburgh Local Advisor's Group
Kristin Spiker
Director of Admissions
International Students Office
CCAC–Allegheny Campus, Student Service Center, Room 171
808 Ridge Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212-6097
Phone: 412.237.2629
[email protected]
  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
[email protected]
  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)
Ebony Majeed, President & K-12 Liaison
[email protected]
  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 Senem S. Bakar
Director, International Student Services
American University
Butler Pavilion 410
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016 
Tel: 202-885-3350
[email protected]  
  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, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions 
(703) 864-8842
[email protected]
  1. This is an informal professional networking group comprised of DC area education abroad professionals from area universities/organizations that meet twice a year either in-person or virtually (December and June) to network and discuss current topics in education abroad.
Young Professionals in International Education DC (yPIE DC)

Kelsey Prima, Chair, Board of Directors at yPIE DC, University Relations Manager, ISEP Study Abroad


[email protected]

  1. yPIE DC was founded in 2011 in Washington, DC to provide opportunities for professionals and students in the field of international education to network, discuss emerging trends and issues, share career opportunities, and develop new skills.

  2. The success of yPIE DC relies on members coming together to network and learn from each other through speaker series and panel events, happy hours, and volunteer opportunities in the Washington, DC metro region. Members can engage with each other in the LinkedIn group: and sign up to hear more about our events and resources at


Baltimore Area International Educators (BAIE) Michelle Massey
Office of International Education Services
UMBC - The University of Maryland, Baltimore County
[email protected]
  1. This group meets two to four times a year and is compromised of various international educators within the Baltimore region and beyond. 
  2. There is usually a scheduled topic as well as plenty of time to network with people in your area
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (WVHEPC) Dr. Clark Egnor, Coordinator of International Programs

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (WVHEPC)
Office of Academic Affairs
1018 Kanawha Blvd East, Suite 700
304-558-0261 ext. 249
[email protected]

  1. Promotes West Virginia as a study destination for international students. 
  2. Promotes study abroad opportunities to U.S. students.

Jessica S. Haile, M.S., PDSO/RO (sher/her),
Assistant Dean for International Student Services
Office of International Programs, Franklin & Marshall College 


[email protected]

[email protected] 

  1. Philadelphia area group listserv for sharing resources and information
  2. Group meetings monthly on Zoom
Maryland International Education Consortium (MIEC) / Study Maryland

Rachel Scholten

Director of International Admission, Loyola University Maryland

Current President of MIEC

[email protected]

  1. Support for professional development. 
  2. State global education advocacy.
  3. International student recruitment at the local and international levels.




Bill Keyes, International Student and Scholar Services, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia 
  1. StudyPA is the non-profit study-state consortium for Pennsylvania.  Our mission is to support PA's institutions of higher education in their efforts to recruit, retain, and support international students