Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program

The Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program was established in 1985 by the late Robert W. Chandler, Sr. to honor his wife, Nancy. The program brings renowned scholars to the Central Oregon region to present a balanced and broad-based scope of programming in the form of lectures, forums and interactive workshops. In doing so, we hope to encourage stimulating conversations that broaden our community's perspectives and perceptions.

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

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We had an amazing Fall season! Thank you to our sponsors, our speakers and all of our participants! We are looking forward to more great programming in 2017!



Coming Programming: Season of Nonviolence 


Dr. Shakti Butler - Filmmaker & Racial Justice Educator Shakti Butler smaller

Irresistible Justice: Cultivating Joy as a Pathway to Equity   -   a Film & Dialogue Session
Tuesday, January 24
6-8:30 p.m. 

FREE and OPEN to the public. Please RSVP here to reserve your seat. 

Using clips from her groundbreaking film, Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, Dr. Shakti Butler will discuss the system of racialization in our society. She will offer an explanation of these systems that promotes a union between the head and heart. Dr. Butler teaches the head recognizes, analyzes and strategizes to overcome disparities, and the heart obliterates fear and connects us with others.

Through thoughtful dialogue with a focus on understanding how white privilege is manifested in many of our institutions, Dr. Butler will lead us on a path to begin to see and deconstruct racial identity. She will teach us that it is joy, rather than fear, that informs radical social change and moves our communities towards equity.


Healing Justice Workshop: Tools to Cultivate a World of Belonging 
Wednesday, January 25
9-11 a.m. 

FREE and OPEN to the public. Please RSVP here to reserve your seat. 

Using clips from her film in progress: Healing Justice: Cultivating a World of Belonging, Dr. Butler will engage us in a dialogue about justice and teach us how to recognize, address, and heal from the trauma of social inequity.  She will introduce the technique of strategic questioning to create knowledge that awakens possibilities of change.  Using examples of inequities within our own community, we will apply this process to address these important issues from multiple perspectives. This workshop will foster a deeper understanding of systemic injustice and provide a structural lens that encourages dialogue and community action.

Both programs will be held in Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus.  

These programs are co-presented by COCC Multicultural Activities and generously sponsored by Oregon Humanities, Oregon Community Foundation,  Brooks Resources, ASCOCC, and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott.

About Butler
Shakti Butler, PhD, is Founder and President of World Trust Educational Services, a non-profit transformative educational organization. Rooted in love and justice, World Trust produces films, curricula, workshops and programs that are catalysts for institutional, structural and cultural change. Shakti is an inspirational facilitator, trainer and lecturer who is sought after by schools, universities, public and private organizations, and faith-based institutions. Dr. Butler has produced four documentaries: The Way Home; Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible; Light in the Shadows and Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity. These films form the core of World Trust’s teaching tools, and have experienced increased exposure -- 23 million views of one clip alone -- generating national dialogue and critical thinking that is impacting institutions and communities across the country. Most recently, Dr. Butler served as diversity consultant and advisor on the Disney animated film, Zootopia, which focuses on challenging bias and systemic inequity. Shakti’s work incorporates whole body learning through stories, art, movement and dialogue. Her current film/dialogue project, Healing Justice: Cultivating a World of Belonging, is intended to popularize a national conversation about justice, responsibility and healing.




Sponsors Of The Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program:


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  Marriott Fairfield Inn

World Muse

  Deschutes River Conservancy


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