Bonnie Walker, [Special Assistant to the President]
Bonnie Walker grew up, and completed her secondary school education in Hanover, NH. There were pros and cons to growing up in this homogeneous community as a multiracial young woman, but she is most grateful to her parents for exposing her to their friends from a multitude of ethnic backgrounds, of which armed her with a more balanced perspective on life. She was raised with a foundation of self-confidence and a strong value in, and commitment to education. Bonnie attended Clark University in Worcester, MA, where she earned a B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Race and Ethnic Relations. She continued at Clark, earning an M.A. degree in Communications.
Since Clark, Bonnie has stayed close, committing to the higher education sector; now experienced and connected in this community from which her roots were planted. Having worked in admissions at Boston College and in various roles within the admissions office at WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), Bonnie has a broad network from which she builds and uses to bridge students’ access to college. Currently, she is the Director of Multicultural Affairs at WPI. Bonnie is attune to building the fundamentally necessary bridge between recruitment and strategic outreach and retention efforts for underrepresented populations, and passionate about working to create an inclusive institutional environment where diversity and pluralism flourishes for all members of the community. Bonnie is driven by her commitment and passion to support, assist, and serve students in their journey through higher education.
Bonnie is a long standing member of a number of professional organizations, including: NACAC (National Association for College Admissions Counseling); NEACAC (New England Association for College Admissions Counseling, NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators), ACPA (American College Personnel Association), MEN (The Minority Education Network), and NECBAC (New England Counselors of Color Bridging Access to College) of which she is very active and served as Vice President from 2007-2009.
The passion, intrigue, and ambition that Bonnie has for education, has always motivated and driven her career choices. It has always been her goal to help ground students, and build bridges to higher education, especially for those students whom have neither the foundation, nor the necessary support systems in place.