Marie Bonkowski is recently retired from her position as the Director of Student Affairs at Baker College of Jackson. She was a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council of the Baker College System and the majority of her 20 plus years at Baker was in the position of Dean of Health Sciences.
Prior to moving to Onsted, Michigan, Marie was a respiratory therapist and worked at Sinai Hospital in Detroit. Through her experiences at the college, in the health care setting and in the community, Marie has discovered much about the disparities that exist in the education, health and social systems in our community and nation. She has learned how her own biases have affected her interactions with others in past and not so past situations. Marie is an enthusiastic facilitator of the Cross-Cultural Conversations Training. Her goal is to provide information and a safe environment for participants to begin conversations that lead to understanding biases and disparities in their own lives and in their communities. She looks forward to providing awareness and some tools for carrying on these sometimes difficult conversations.