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Meet the Founder and Chancellor

Rev. Kev “Chancellor” Spades University

Kevin Kitrell Ross is on a mission to inspire people to awaken to their highest potential and be a force for good in the world. This mission has taken him around the world serving people as a thought leader,keynote-speaker, panelist, author, radio talk show host, life coach, social entrepreneur and most prominently, as the Senior Minister of Unity of Sacramento International Spiritual Center. “Rev. Kev”, as he is affectionately called, is also deeply committed to co-creating a world of peace, prosperity and unconditional love for all and has risen as a respected interfaith social justice leader. Ross has earned a reputation as a bridge-builder who has worked nationally and internationally to heal the widening global racial and religious gap through education, dialogue and direct encounter.

Ross’ activism has placed him on the front lines of some of our nation’s most pressing civil and human rights struggles. He was among the faith leaders to be arrested while challenging the decision not to prosecute the law enforcement officers who killed an unarmed African American man Stephon Clark, in Sacramento. Together, with a broad coalition of leaders and community, Rev. Kev was influential in the passage of AB392, “The Stephon Clark Law”; which is now the strictest police use of force law in the US. He also took to the front lines with over 1000 other protesters and faith leaders, at the United States’ southern border to demand that children be released from cages and be reunited with their families. And he was instrumental in having the Muslim travel ban temporarily lifted in order to allow a Yemeni mother to be reunited with her dying son in a San Francisco hospital.

Rev. Kev is sought after as a spiritual adviser to business, educational, faith, legal and political leaders. He has shared the stage with luminaries ranging from His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, Ella Gandhi, Vice President Kamala Harris and Marianne Williamson. He is a Senior Fellow of the Mountain-Valley Chapter of the American Leadership Forum, a member of Sacramento Area Congregations Together, and a four-time delegate and presenter to the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

Ross’ bridge-building work has taken him to five continents around the world. He chronicled his most recent service pilgrimage to Tanzia and Zanzibar with the documentary short, Mission Tanzania: An Ecotouristic Pilgrimage in Spirt, Service and Safari, which was featured at the 2023 Harvard Divinity School Film Festival.

Rev. Kev earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College, a Master of Religion and Public Life degree from Harvard Divinity School, and he recently received his first honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree in 2023 from Trinity International University of Ambassadors. In October of 2023, Rev. Kev will be included in the feature length film, godTalk that premieres at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, for his innovative response to serving youth and families at the height of the COVID 19 pandemic. 

 At Harvard, Ross developed Camp Courage Academy, a training curriculum for credentialed faith leaders to provide them with tools for moving beyond dangerous political neutrality to becoming engaged social change agents. He hopes to launch the first cohort of the Academy in the Summer of 2024.