Here are the panelists for Let's Talk: Race & Education

We are excited to announce our lineup of panelists for our Let’s Talk: Race & Education

Dr. Cindy Caldwell, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, Archway Consulting Group (moderator)
Logic Amen, Assistant Principal, Lincoln High School
Kelly Niccolls, Assistant Principal, Mount Tahoma High School
Dr. Lin Zhou, President, Bates Technical College
Dr. Ivan Harrell, President, Tacoma Community College


Logic Amen  is a sun, Father, recording artist, journalist, writer, educator and former Family Preservation Therapist. Amen has a degree in English Literature, a master's in teaching, and a master's in educational leadership. Amen is one of the founding members of CORE (Coalition of Restorative Education) and created the Griot Party Experience to support healing in the community via story telling. Amen’s life mission is to help the people he serves feel safe and important and he places a high premium on healing via education. Amen is currently serving as an assistant principal at Lincoln High school in Tacoma Washington.

Logic Amen is a sun, Father, recording artist, journalist, writer, educator and former Family Preservation Therapist. Amen has a degree in English Literature, a master's in teaching, and a master's in educational leadership. Amen is one of the founding members of CORE (Coalition of Restorative Education) and created the Griot Party Experience to support healing in the community via story telling. Amen’s life mission is to help the people he serves feel safe and important and he places a high premium on healing via education. Amen is currently serving as an assistant principal at Lincoln High school in Tacoma Washington.

Kelly Niccolls  is currently an assistant principal for Mt. Tahoma High School. Kelly has been an educator for fourteen years, teaching in southern California, coaching for a national network and is now pursuing her Ed D in the L4L program at The University of Washington. She is a Deeper Learning Equity Fellow, driven by the relentless belief in the possible social justice of education systems. As an innovative leader, Kelly focuses her efforts to re-imagine teaching and learning to empower all students for the future. In addition to her educational leadership work, Kelly supports people reconnecting their soul and role as a facilitator for the Center for Courage and Renewal.

Kelly Niccolls is currently an assistant principal for Mt. Tahoma High School. Kelly has been an educator for fourteen years, teaching in southern California, coaching for a national network and is now pursuing her Ed D in the L4L program at The University of Washington. She is a Deeper Learning Equity Fellow, driven by the relentless belief in the possible social justice of education systems. As an innovative leader, Kelly focuses her efforts to re-imagine teaching and learning to empower all students for the future. In addition to her educational leadership work, Kelly supports people reconnecting their soul and role as a facilitator for the Center for Courage and Renewal.

Dr. Lin Zhou  is the President of Bates Technical College of Tacoma, WA. She also serves on the Board of American Technical Education Association, Board of City Club of Tacoma, and is a member of the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges. Dr. Zhou holds a Ph.D. in education, with an emphasis in community college leadership, from Oregon State University, a Master’s Degree in business administration from City University in Seattle, an Associate Degree in computer science and networking technology from Lake Washington Institute of Technology. In 2017, Dr. Zhou participated in Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management, administered by the university’s Graduate School of Education. Dr. Zhou and her husband immigrated from Beijing, China to the United States in 1998. She is the college’s first female president, and the first female, Chinese immigrant to serve as president at a public two-year college in Washington State.

Dr. Lin Zhou is the President of Bates Technical College of Tacoma, WA. She also serves on the Board of American Technical Education Association, Board of City Club of Tacoma, and is a member of the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges. Dr. Zhou holds a Ph.D. in education, with an emphasis in community college leadership, from Oregon State University, a Master’s Degree in business administration from City University in Seattle, an Associate Degree in computer science and networking technology from Lake Washington Institute of Technology. In 2017, Dr. Zhou participated in Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management, administered by the university’s Graduate School of Education. Dr. Zhou and her husband immigrated from Beijing, China to the United States in 1998. She is the college’s first female president, and the first female, Chinese immigrant to serve as president at a public two-year college in Washington State.

As president of Tacoma Community College,  Dr. Ivan Harrell  has a passion for community college education, and strives every day to lead a group of professionals in providing the best environment, programs and services students need to complete their academic and career goals.  Dr. Harrell most recently served as the Executive Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Before Georgia Piedmont, he served as the Vice President of Success at Lone Star College, Dean of Student Services at Anne Arundel Community College, Coordinator for Student Affairs at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, and Assistant to the Vice President at Tallahassee Community College.

As president of Tacoma Community College, Dr. Ivan Harrell has a passion for community college education, and strives every day to lead a group of professionals in providing the best environment, programs and services students need to complete their academic and career goals.

Dr. Harrell most recently served as the Executive Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Before Georgia Piedmont, he served as the Vice President of Success at Lone Star College, Dean of Student Services at Anne Arundel Community College, Coordinator for Student Affairs at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, and Assistant to the Vice President at Tallahassee Community College.

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