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Rose A. Makofske is the Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Title IX Coordinator at Montgomery County Community College. She is a seasoned administrator with a broad set of experiences across industries including higher education, government and the law. Rose has built her career on her skills as a communicator and problem solver and uses her own unique life experiences to enhance her work for the College.
In her current role, Rose ensures the College has a diverse faculty and staff and follows all established best practices and regulations related to equity, diversity and inclusion. As an immigrant from multi-racial Malaysia, she draws from her diverse background to better understand cultural perspectives, immigrant experiences and the experiences of people of color in the U.S. Rose sees community college as the cornerstone of the American Dream. She recognizes the potential that lives inside students entering the College without any prior family history of college attendance and with complicated lives and stories. She is honored to help students from all walks of life with different goals and abilities find a better future.
Rose earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut Law School and has a master’s degree in anthropology and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bryn Mawr College. As a former prosecutor in Colorado, she is a member in good standing of the Colorado Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association. She looks back fondly on her educational experiences and remembers her thesis work as a “rite of passage” supported by dedicated but demanding professors. In her free time, Rose is a voracious reader, avid theater-goer and fierce badminton player. She’s also a committed pen pal to her out-of-state grandsons.
Her advice to students is to learn from everything – “Life is a process, every experience is a learning experience, and this is a country still dedicated to the proposition that where you come from is not as relevant as where you’re going.”