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A true catalyst for change, Parfait Bassalé continues to work tirelessly to promote understanding across communities. Father, husband, artist and educator, Parfait facilitates personal and organizational transformation and restoration. He does so through engaging workshops and coaching that leverage the virtues of storytelling, music and reflexive inquiry.


Mr Bassalé is the Executive Diversity Officer at South Puget Sound Community College where he is leading the College’s efforts to create a culture of belonging and close the opportunity gap for historically underrepresented students.


Mr Bassalé holds a Masters in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University and has supported many state agencies, Boards, non-profit and private sector organizations with their Diversity and equity initiatives. He sits on the Olympia School District Education Foundation Board of trustees and the Washington State Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council. 

 

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A life long journey building bridges through storytelling, reflexive inquiry and songs...

Native of Benin Republic, Parfait Bassalé began using music to process hurt, at a young age. Because his father worked for an overseas company, Parfait faced the challenges related to immigration early in life (language barriers, ethnocentrism, othering..). In his own words:

"I have been the man standing at the door for the bulk of my life and I did not have words for it. Whether because I did not force my way into spaces or was not invited in. The hurt and insight of being on the fringes of spaces has fueled the passion to help people build relational bridges.  

Keeping up with the tradition of Blues music, songs and poetry became his preferred outlets for dealing with the pain caused by the empathy gap he witnessed in his encounters across continents and cultures.

His interest in conflict resolution and prevention led him down the path of empathy and interpersonal neurobiology. Parfait earned a Masters of Arts from Portland State University in Conflict Resolution. Additionally, Parfait has years of experience leading and consulting with both private and public sectors, on matters of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. He is currently the Executive Diversity Officer at South Puget Sound Community College. He brings over 20 years of field experience, coupled with his passion and lived story to every speaking engagement and coaching session. Parfait shares his critical message of empathy through the Story and Song Centered Pedagogy; a framework that leverages the introspective virtues of songs,  and the power of stories to shape and alter meaning.