SNC Inspires: A Welcome to Ashley Rhodes-Courter

September 11, 2017


Each year, St. Norbert hosts a plethora of speakers and performers on campus who inspire students and the local community with their stories. This year is sure to be no different, and the Honors Program is specifically excited about one speaker whose visit will supplement the teaching of the CASA tutorial this fall. New York Times best-selling author of Three Little Words and Three More Words, Ashley Rhodes-Courter will be coming to SNC this fall to share her story of perseverance and dedication. 

Rhodes-Courter is a true inspiration, being born to a single teen mother and placed in foster care by the age of three, she was not exactly set up for success. Even after bouncing around through 14 foster homes and dealing with abuse, she was not deterred from making a better life for herself. Throughout school, Rhodes-Courter became an advocate for children from similar backgrounds to her own and, as a result of her dedication, was recognized as a Trustee Scholar at Eckerd College where she attended school. As a recipient of the most prestigious full-tuition award, Rhodes-Courter continued to succeed, graduating early with a double major in Communications and Theatre, as well as a double minor in Political Science and Psychology. From there, she then went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. 


Since graduating, Rhodes-Courter has garnered widespread attention for her extremely successful memoir, Three Little Words. The book recounts her arduous journey through the Florida foster care system and details how, against all odds, Rhodes-Courter was able to find success. Readers worldwide have been captivated by her story since 2003, and this fall, the SNC community will get the opportunity to hear from the woman at the heart of it all. 

For more information on Ashley Rhodes-Courter, visit her website at and read next month’s issue of The Pulse to receive further details regarding her visit to campus. 


The Honors Program has partnered with community partner, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), to bring Ms. Rhodes-Courter to campus on Monday, October 23rd. The lecture will take place in the Walter Theater beginning at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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