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    • 02/29/2024
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Thomas Stone Elementary - 4500 34th St, Mt Rainier, MD

    COMPLETE VOLUNTEER SIGN UP FORM (required to participate as volunteer; deadline 2/27)

    Volunteer Sign-Up: BPIA Community Service Day at Stone Elementary School

    Thurs. Feb. 29, 2024 at 6pm ET

    Stone Elementary School

    4500 34th St, Mt Rainier, MD

    Engaging Games • Activities • Prizes • International Snacks/Candy • Kimono Dress Up 

    Exposing youth K-5 and the local community to international affairs, study abroad, and travel. 


    Volunteer Pre-Call on 2/26 from 8:30pm-8:45pm EDT

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    This Black History Month Showcase event is organized by Stone Elementary, will feature other organizations, and is open to the general public. 

    The Volunteer form is required if you want to officially volunteer under BPIA. 



    Human Rights Campaign Celebrates 20 Years of HBCU Leadership


    • 03/01/2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Park at 14th - 920 14th St NW Washington, DC 20005



    Every First Friday of the Month from 6-8pm EDT.

    Location: The Park at 14th - 920 14th St NW Washington, DC 20005

    RSVP required.

    This event is co-sponsored by Black Professionals in International Affairs (BPIA), Pickering and Rangel Fellows Association (PRFA), USAID Payne Fellowship Network Employee Resource Group, Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS), and ICAP Fellows Association.

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    Mischa Thompson, PhD

    Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

    Dr. Mischa Thompson is the first Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where her responsibilities also include oversight of the management of the State Department and diversity efforts across international affairs agencies. She previously served as the Senior Advisor to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance and as a Director at the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. Prior she worked as a senior national security and foreign policy advisor on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee and in the U.S. House of Representatives. In these positions she also led bipartisan efforts to increase representation in international affairs and advance inclusive societies. She has served on the WE EMPOWER USA Advisory Group (EU, UN Women, ILO), SPSSI Council, ICAPFA Board, and held a CFR Term Membership and Fellowships with Fulbright, AAAS/APA Congressional, NSF, Salzburg, and GMF. Originally from Detroit, Dr. Thompson attended Howard University (B.S.) and University of Michigan (PhD), where she managed several laboratories, research grants, and published on intergroup relations.

    • 03/03/2024

    Madam Ambassador International Career Exposure Program 

    In Partnership with the Arlington (VA) Chapter of Links Inc. 

    Program Description

    In January 2023, BPIA launched the first cohort of the Madam Ambassador International Career Exposure Program. This program educates a group of young ladies ages 13-21 in the Arlington/Alexandria Virginia area.

    The Program Includes

    • International Careers Workshop
    • Model United Nations Simulation
    • Field Trip, Tea with an Ambassador & More

    How to Apply

    The 2024 applications for delegates is due Sunday, March 3, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Click here to access the application form. For questions, please contact Michelle Washington at


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02/21/2024 Cohort Induction Ceremony - Colin Powell Leadership Institute
02/21/2024 BPIA and USIP Present an HBCU Symposium
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02/19/2024 Updated Date: Madam Ambassador Interest Meeting
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05/11/2023 Virtual Forum on Supporting African American Entrepreneurship
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05/05/2023 May First Fridays Foreign Affairs Joint Networking Social Mixer
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03/13/2023 Apply Here - Madam Ambassador Program (Deadline March 13)
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02/25/2021 2021 Black History Month Program “Sitting at the Head of the U.S. Diplomatic Table: Black American Ambassadors Speak”
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11/26/2019 BPIA African Economic Outlook Forum
10/16/2019 BPIA-TLG Career Expo at Howard University
09/28/2019 African Heritage Day
03/30/2019 BPIA Mentoring Series: The Future of Work
12/08/2018 BPIA Annual Membership Meeting
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