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The Reparation, Empathy & Forgiveness Panel

November 11, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


November 11, 2020 5pm:

The REPARATION, EMPATHY &  FORGIVENESS Panel with Norman Coultier, Shann Ray Ferch, and Marleen Ramsey: experiential event on leadership, forgiveness, charity, and race.

Details: Panel discussion on Forgiveness, Leadership, Equity with three experts in Forgiveness Scholarship

Norman Coultier is a native of Inglewood and South (Central) Los Angeles, California and grew up negotiating the dramatically ironic juxtaposition of gang violence, the Crack Cocaine epidemic, sagacious neighborhood wisdom and urban matriarchal nurturing. Following 25 years of competitive basketball experience and 20 years of leading in religious and educational sectors, Norman formalized his research and configured leadership training for individuals and organizations. His research focus in Gonzaga University’s Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies includes Authentic Leadership, Self-Leadership, the American Conscience and solutions to Systemic Racism. His professional emphasis combines a deep passion for self-awareness with a fervor for maximizing the efforts of organizations with respect to their larger societal footprint. His journey in team sports revealed fears, insecurities and hidden capacities for influence rooted in the principles that most of us hope will govern our individual lives. This led him to author his book, ​The 6ixth Man: 12 lessons I’ve Learned from NOT Playing Basketball. Suppressed vulnerability, ignored obstacles, stored anger and self-inflicted inferiority are among the chief culprits of the vitriol plaguing America in 2020.

Marleen Ramsey was born in Seoul, Korea, and orphaned during the Korean War. She was adopted by an American family and grew up in Western Oregon. Ramsey has been awarded the NISOSD Excellence Award for Teaching, AAWCC Excellence Award, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and Outstanding Faculty Member at WWCC. She has co-authored two books with Dr. Jon Stratton, A compendium of Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs), and Critical thinking: A handbook for college teachers, and in 2014, she was invited by the Aspen Institute to participate with other leaders to travel to North Africa and build educational partnerships in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, and Libya. As a professor in psychology and counseling on the undergraduate and graduate levels, Ramsey later earned positions as the Chief Academic Officer and Vice President of Instruction at Walla Walla Community College. Most recently, her research with political perpetrators in South Africa was included in the anthology Servant-Leadership and Forgiveness: How Leaders Help Heal the Heart of the World.

American Book Award winner Dr. Shann Ray Ferch spent part of his childhood on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in southeast Montana, played college basketball for Pepperdine University, and professional basketball in Germany’s highest league, the Bundesliga. He teaches leadership studies at Gonzaga University, and is a leadership consultant for businesses and nonprofits, focusing on servant-leadership across the disciplines nationally and internationally.  He has served as a visiting professor in leadership and forgiveness studies in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Shann is the author/editor of Atomic Theory 7, Servant-Leadership and Forgiveness, Conversations on Servant Leadership, American Masculine, Blood Fire Vapor Smoke, American Copper, Sweetclover, and Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity.  His work as a poet and prose writer has  been featured in Poetry, Esquire, McSweeney’s, High Desert Journal, Poetry International, Narrative, Prairie Schooner, and Salon. He is grateful to his wife Jennifer, and his daughters Natalya, Ariana, and Isabella for giving him love and for teaching him how to live. See, for more information, and contact Shann at


November 11, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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