WHAT WE DO
BPIA is a charitable, non-profit membership association founded in 1989 by international educator Barbara C. Patterson and associates to increase the involvement of African Americans and other people of African heritage in international affairs. We are an all-volunteer association of people brought together by our passion for international affairs and our desire to further promote the field as a worthwhile career option. The association’s reasonable membership dues promote an inclusive member base, from interested students to accomplished retired diplomats. BPIA maintains a limited overhead and uses donations and membership fees for administrative costs, outreach, and outstanding program implementation.
BPIA offers services and programs that promote the engagement of African Americans and others of African heritage in international affairs. Our activities address the interests of students, aspiring career professionals at all levels, and the public in the areas of professional development, education and cultural exchange, and business and economic development.
Who can benefit from BPIA services and programs?