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BPIA aims to develop and expand opportunities, roles and numbers of African Americans and members of the African Diaspora in the global affairs arena. We focus on enhancing professional development, facilitating mentorships, sharing job opportunities and resources, curating experiences, and expanding insights. BPIA is responsive to changing foreign policy, security, educational and commercial needs. We offer access to global thought leaders and provide dynamic programming. Our vision is a more diverse representative group of international affairs professionals actively engaged in addressing the challenges of the 21st Century.

BPIA is a charitable, non-profit membership association founded in 1989 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 the desire to further promote it as a viable career option. Membership dues are reasonably priced to promote an inclusive member base from an interested high school student to an accomplished retired diplomat. BPIA maintains a limited overhead and uses donations and membership fees for administrative costs, outreach, and in providing outstanding programming for members.

Our goal is to increase and enhance the involvement of the African Diaspora in the dynamics of political, economic and cultural relations between the nations and the peoples of the world. We are committed to linking our efforts to those of groups and organizations that have mutually supportive purposes and goals. As such, BPIA supports and works collaboratively with public and private sector organizations to carryout international and multicultural initiatives.


BPIA membership is open to all applicants without regard to race, religion/creed; race/ethnicity; national origin; gender; sexual preference or identify.

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BPIA P.O. Box 55922 Washington, DC 20011

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