Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program

The Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program (VSP) of the Central Oregon Community College Foundation brings renowned scholars, lecturers and experts to our region to provide broad-based programming on a diverse range of subjects. VSP's mission is to provide educational and relevant programming to COCC, its students and the community.

The program was established in 1985 by the late Robert W. Chandler, Sr. to honor his wife Nancy.

For more information about the program or its upcoming events, please contact Charlotte Gilbride, the Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program Coordinator at or 541-383-7257.

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2018 Season of Nonviolence Programming - 10th Anniversary 

What's in a Label? Thinking about Diversity and Racial Categories 

A Facilitated Conversation

Ann Su -- Public Interest Attorney, College Professor, Community Activist & Social Justice AdvocateAnn Su head shot

Tuesday, January 30, 5:30 - 7 p.m.  
Wille Hall, COCC Coats Campus Center, Bend

As humans, we constantly label and categorize information on both conscious and unconscious levels. Labeling enables our brains to sort information efficiently, but the labels and categories we assign to information can form generalizations and stereotypes in our minds. When we allow stereotypes to define individuals, we fail to see the inherent diversity in humans. Race is a form of labeling. What are we describing when we assign racial categories to others and ourselves? How can we use language to increase understanding and connection, and what are its limitations? Join Ann Su for a facilitated conversation exploring how the words we choose influence our understanding of race and racial diversity.

Event is FREE and OPEN to the public but we encourage you to reserve your seat here or call 541-383-7257.

This is an Oregon Humanities Conversation Project and is made possible by the generous support of Oregon Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Oregon Cultural Trust. 

About Su
Ann Su has been a public interest attorney, community activist, and social justice advocate for the past twenty years. She teaches at Portland State University, Marylhurst University and Portland Community College and is a leadership and diversity consultant. A self-proclaimed outlier, she has always been interested in how the ambiguity in language can unnecessarily polarize people. Her desire to explore diversity of thought and bridge understanding inspires her facilitation of this conversation on race and labeling.

This conversation is co-organized by COCC Multicultural Activities and Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program at COCC Foundation and sponsored by Oregon Humanities, Brooks Resources Corporation, Deschutes Cultural Coalition, ASCOCC, OSU-Student Fee Committee and Town Place Suites by Marriott. 

An (Underground) American DREAMer: Julissa Arce's Story from Undocumented Status to Wall Street Executive to Immigration Advocate

Julissa Arce – Immigration and Education Advocate Arce book cover

Tuesday, February 6, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus

Julissa will share her story about what it was like “climbing the corporate ladder” as both a Latina and an undocumented immigrant. She had seemingly achieved the American Dream – yet she was not part of what was defined as American. This, as well as the plight of the millions of others who are undocumented and living in the U.S., compelled to her to leave Wall Street and pursue a career as an immigration rights advocate. Julissa will talk about her work in immigration and give an overview of current policies and actions on immigration nationally. 

Event is FREE and OPEN to the public but we encourage you to reserve your seat here or call 541-383-7257.


A Conversation with Julissa Arce 

Wednesday, February 7, 9 -10:30 a.m.
Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus 

Julissa Arce will talk about her current work as an advocate for immigrant rights and education and tell us about successes and frustrations she had had. Join us for this conversation to gain information, ask questions, interact with Julissa and learn what you can do to support immigrant rights and immigration reform. 

Event is FREE and OPEN to the public but we encourage you to reserve your seat here or call 541-383-7257.

Both Julissa Arce's program are co-organized by COCC Multicultural Activities and Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program with generous support from Deschutes Cultural Coalition, Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Humanities, Brooks Resources, ASCOCC, OSU-Cascades Student Fee Committee and the Old Mill District.


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