Collen Callahan-Panday
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

State Information

Massachusetts is one of the six New England states that comprise NAFSA's Region XI. Unlike other states in our region, Massachusetts has such a high density of institutions that it's divided into two zones: Eastern Massachusetts and Central/Western Massachusetts, each with a NAFSA State Representative. Updates, news, and other events for Eastern Massachusetts are communicated through the main Region XI Listserv. If you're not currently on our mailing list, learn more and register your email here.

State Meetings

Typically, Central/Western Massachusetts organizes at least one meet-up a year for networking and fun at different locations. On occasion, other special sessions are organized as well. There are currently no in-person meetings scheduled due to the pandemic, but there are still countless opportunities to network, learn, and seek support. The Region's calendar is updated regularly with upcoming events.

If you'd like to propose a special event, are interested in sponsoring/hosting a future State Meeting, or would like an event shared with the region on our calendar, please contact your State Rep., Collen Callahan-Panday.

Other Helpful Local Resources & Communities

  • Boston Area Study Abroad Association (BASAA)
    The Boston Area Study Abroad Association (BASAA) provides a platform for international educators in Boston and surrounding areas to engage in professional development, networking, and collaboration. This mission is accomplished through a variety of activities including biannual meetings, conferences, a mentorship program, and networking and fundraising events. To encourage the full participation of all interested professionals in the region, no membership is required. BASAA is an independent, volunteer-driven organization.
  • International Student Advisors Group (ISAG)
    International Student Advisors Group (ISAG) is a Worcester based (but Central Mass/Northern RI welcoming!) group of international student advisors at local universities, community college, and high schools, who meet throughout the year (pre-pandemic: 5 times a year in person, during the pandemic: Zoom, monthly or more depending on the need) to discuss immigration updates, questions, and concerns. We also have an email list for questions and issues. We welcome new advisors to join. Great networking opportunity with local Central Mass colleagues.

If you are interested in joining the group list please email Colleen Callahan-Panday at with the email subject: Add to ISAG list

Massachusetts Council for International Education (MaCIE)

  • The Massachusetts Council for International Education (MaCIE) is made up of representatives from the Commonwealth’s 29 public higher education institutions. MaCIE’s mission is to advance international education through collaboration in programming, information sharing, and professional development opportunities for its members, member campuses, students, and faculty

Have another resource to add? Contact your Central/Western Massachusetts State Representative.