Community Conversations; Storyteller


AdvocatesROC, L.3.C. integrates philosophy into training programs, book clubs, retreats and public performances to build individual and social resilience, explore our obligations to one another in an inclusive democracy, deepen our appreciation of cultural diversity, develop transformative strategies to promote equal opportunity, and encourage creative policy solutions for the public good. Some examples of programs include Resilience Retreats, which explore the concepts of resilience through an analysis of Stoic thinkers and/or 19th Century American Slave Narratives, and theater performances of Divorce (Professional), a play which explores issues of sexual harassment and racial marginalization in professional contexts. Dr. Kathy Purnell has decades of experience as a professor of political philosophy, university administrator and attorney. She is a certified professional coach (C.P.C.) and has completed training in philosophical counseling techniques and is a certified affiliate of the American Practical Philosophy Association. Her current work in progress is entitled The Guide for the Professionally Perplexed: the Opportunity Chronicles of a Living Racial Hybrid, which explores growing up “Blasian” (the daughter of a Korean immigrant mother and an African-American father), becoming a first generation college graduate, and the trials of pursuing professions that have not been historically inclusive of women nor racial minorities.

Availability: Year-round


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Program: $250
Workshop: $250
Residency: $1500
Length of Residency if Applicable: up to one week (max.) for collaborative performance development; prorated rates for shorter residencies available
Travel Expenses: R/T mileage up to 200 miles or coach plane ticket


Kathy Purnell
251 N. Rose Street, Suite 200
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Phone: 269-459-2548    Fax Number: 269-459-2501