Cross Cultural Conversations - A series of Dialogues for More Equitable Communities (Session Two ONLY)

  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020
  • 2 sessions
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (EDT)
  • Baker College Campus, the Welcome Center Main Bldg, 2800 Springport Rd. Jackson MI (Room 1026/1027)


  • Attendees must take Session One prior to attending Session Two
  • Attendees must take Session One prior to attending Session Two


Description— Session Two ONLY (AM & PM Sessions)

The Cross-Cultural Conversations Council invites community members to attend this important training to learn about, uncover, and address systemic racism, biases and barriers for our community members.

Through self-assessment and facilitated activities, participants gain increased understanding of their personal background and perspective on the implications of how their experience affects how they think and react to others from different backgrounds.

Organizations discover the value of practicing a more open and inclusive mindset into day-to-day operations

Session Agenda Part Two -  AM & PM

9:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

“Cross-Cultural Conversations, Part II: Steps to Overcoming Barriers"

·         Where do you stand on the continuum of awareness?
·         Addressing micro-aggression's
·         Recognizing unconscious bias
·         Using tools to enhance communication and understanding

*Session 1 & 2 presented on October 15th, 2020

Having a better understanding of ourselves, our colleagues, and our clientele will lead to more cohesion and greater effectiveness in our interactions. With improved communication and understanding, staff will be better equipped to adjust expectations and connect in a more productive manner with others.

Additional information-

  • Due to the group-work required at these sessions each workshop requires a minimum of 12 participants.
  • Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early as these sessions will start on-time. 
  • Any balance due must be paid prior to the start of the session in order to attend.
  • You must attend Session One prior to attending Session Two as session one shapes session two.  

  **Costs - $10 a session (Session One is a pre-requisite)


Thank you to the generous sponsors who have made this workshop available: 


~ Cross-Cultural Conversations Cancellation and Refund Policy ~

CCC is committed to delivering high quality, professional development opportunities. This refund and cancellation policy accommodates the minimum time required to prepare for workshops and training's -including the cost of materials, content development, food and refreshments if applicable, and room accommodations.

As a nonprofit, we keep the fees for programs as low as possible. Absorbing the cost of late cancellations would ultimately increase the price of Cross-Cultural Conversations programs.

Credit Policy

A registrant who provides notice more than 48 hours before the start of the session will automatically receive a check refund or credit to be used exclusively for a CCC workshop.  No cash refunds will be given.  

No credits will be issued with less than a 48 hour notice. 

Right to Cancel

CCC reserves the right to cancel any workshop. If a cancellation occurs, registrants will receive a full refund or a credit towards another CCC workshop.

If you need assistance with a cancellation or a change in your registration, or if you are interested in bringing this important work to your organization,  please email or call our office at 517-796-4750.

Facilitated By— 

Julie Bloomfield

Julie Bloomfield, MA, LPC, Julie has been a Health Educator/Coach with the Prevention & Community Health department at Henry Ford Allegiance Health since June 2014.  Julie received her Master of Arts in Counseling degree from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Albion College.  Julie has 29 years of experience in the education field, including 18 years providing counseling services.  She taught a Stress Management course at Jackson College for twelve years and has a passion for wellness and is active within the Cross-Cultural Conversations council.

Marie Bonkowski

Marie Bonkowski is the Director of Student Affairs at Baker College of Jackson. She currently sits on 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. 

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