San Francisco Bay Area BA-PIER

Bay Area Professionals in International Education Roundtable

Introducing the SF Bay Area Professional International Educators Roundtable Program (BA-PIER)

What is BA-PIER?

The Bay Area Professional International Educators Roundtable (BA-PIER) provides international educators with a forum to meet regularly to discuss the current issues and government regulations that affect international students and scholars. It is an independent and informal organization dedicated to the professional growth and support of its members.


  • Develop an ongoing support network among international educators
  • Facilitate communication between international educators, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other organizations such as the Department of Commerce, and the Department of State (DoS) 
  • Foster enrichment opportunities and professional growth for its members
  • Actively mentor new members in the field

What BA-PIER Offers You

  • Periodic liaison meetings with DHS
  • Ongoing support network
  • Opportunities for professional growth
  • Mentor program
  • Special workshops
  • E-mail listserv for BA-Pier announcements, updates and Q&A

BA-PIER Meetings

Regular meetings are held 3 times a year:  First Thursday after Thanksgiving, third Thursday in February and third Thursday in June.

A different member school or institution hosts each meeting.  Meetings include immigration news and updates, educational program and roundtable discussions on a variety of topics.

How to become a member?

Please complete the BA-PIER membership application