Facilitators

Gregory C. Ellison, II
Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

The Rev. Dr. Gregory C. Ellison, II joined the Candler faculty in 2009. His teaching draws primarily from his work with the organization he founded called Fearless Dialogues, a non-profit organization that creates unique spaces for unlikely partners to have hard, heartfelt conversations on taboo subjects like racism, classism, and community violence. 

Ellison’s research focuses on caring with marginalized populations, pastoral care as social activism, and 20th and 21st century mysticism. He is the author of Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men, and has two books in progress with Westminster John Knox Press – Fearless Dialogues: The Civil Rights Movement of the 21st Century and Anchored in the Current: The Eternal Wisdom of Howard Thurman in a Changing World.

James Roland
Senior Director of Community Debate Programs

Former nationally ranked debater and assistant debate coach at Southern Illinois, James Roland has been coaching and directing community programs at Emory since 2000. Director of Programs for the National Debate Project, Roland is one of the nation's foremost experts on the role of debate in urban education. He directs the Computer Assisted Debate Program, directs the National Debate Project Debate Center at Georgia State University, and has been a debate advisor to the U.S. State Department, Atlanta Housing Authority, Open Society Institute, and Urban Debate Leagues in Miami, Milwaukee, Memphis, Washington, D.C., New York, Nashville, Baltimore, and Jamaica. He has received recognition from the Atlanta Public Schools, Miami Dade Schools, and the White House Helping America's Youth initiative. One of the nation’s most sought after faculty members, Roland has served at debate institutes at Vermont, NYU, Gonzaga, Towson, Catholic, Miami, Emory, and the American University College of Law.

Ed Lee
Executive Director of Community and the Center for the Advancement of Student Advocacy and Agency

As the Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Student Advocacy and Agency, Lee leads Emory’s nationally acclaimed debate team, its outstanding civic and community service programs, Emory’s cutting edge programs focused on student belonging and social justice and its historic student leadership and orientation activities.  Formerly Director of Debate in Emory’s Barkley Forum for Dialogue, Debate and Deliberation, Lee was the 2015 National Coach of the Year and three time recipient of the James Unger Award given to the coach of the best debate team in the country. Before coming to Emory, Lee served as the Director of Debate at the University of Alabama and the Director of UC Berkeley’s Bay Area Urban Debate League.

Lee is a regular national media commentator for U.S. Presidential Debates and can be seen routinely on CNN discussing presidential debate strategies and their impact on national politics. A highly sought after workshop facilitator, his work focuses on the interplay between communication, culture, and diversity and how those can be harnessed to improve the workplace and other communities.