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Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar program

  • Season of Nonviolence
  • VSP Speaker - Erika Huggins
  • VSP Speaker Lulu Garcia-Navarro
  • VSP Speaker - Amy Harper

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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2021 Season of Nonviolence

We will be announcing our 2021 Season of Nonviolence programming on January 12, 2021. Please check back. 

Ericka Huggins — Spiritual Activism & Social Justice

Ericka Huggins We would like to share a video recording of 2020's Season of Nonviolence keynote speaker, Ericka Huggins. Ericka spoke to a sold out audience in February. She shared her insight, her story, her life's work, her wisdom and her love. For those of you who were able to attend, we think you will enjoy hearing her again. For those of you who couldn't attend, you are in for a treat!

Video of Ericka's Spiritual Activism & Social Justice presentation at COCC 

For more information about Ericka, visit her web site.  

​SPOTLIGHT on VSP Alumni — What are our past speakers doing now?

During this time of virtual and distance learning, we thought it would be fun to feature some of our past VSP speakers and let you know what they are doing now. Hope you enjoy! 

View VSP Alumni Speakers

Links to draft pages that will appear in navigation menu once live.


 Sponsors of The Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program:

Central Oregon Community College

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St. Charles Health System 

The Source Weekly

 Mid Oregon Credit Union

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MCM Fund

Deschutes Public Library

Deschutes Cultural Coalition

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CACO logo  

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U of O School of Journalism

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Bend Bulletin


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AccessibilityIn advance of College events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability, contact Joe Viola at 541.383.7775. For accommodation because of other disability such as hearing impairment, contact Disability Services at 541.383.7583.