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Tap into the wellspring of knowledge available right here at College of DuPage. The community benefits from the passion and experience of COD’s enthusiastic faculty, administrators and staff. Expertise is offered through the College’s Speakers Bureau and News Bureau.

Dialogue Over Distance

Dialogue Over Distance archived presentations can be found on the College of DuPage YouTube playlist


Housing is Health Care: Examining the Benefits of Proper Shelter

Without stable housing, families face an increased risk of poor health outcomes. According to a recent study published in the journal "Pediatrics," crowded housing, frequent relocations and homelessness exacerbate children's pre-existing health conditions and the family's overall stress level. These facts hold true in DuPage County where data suggests residents are settling for inadequate conditions due to the rising cost of living.

Join service professionals from vastly different areas of expertise, but united in the mutual goal of improving lives, to discuss barriers in accessing adequate shelter, and thus, better health.

Coming Soon - Production and transcripts from Thursday, April 29


Jordyn's Story

We hope this Dialogue Over Distance presentation inspires action.
The simple phrase “housing assistance” encompasses more than temporary or permanent shelter. As covered in the webinar with local experts, the community benefits immeasurably when neighbors’ needs for stable shelter, including utility assistance, household furniture and supplies are met. 


Food Is Money: The Economics of Nutrition

Current public health and economic crises are marked by a significant increase in the number of first-time food pantry clients and compounded by declines in food donations. 

COD professors joined local food bank experts and health professionals to discuss the link between food insecurity, health and economics in this information-packed webinar.

Production and transcripts from Wednesday, March 17

We hope this Dialogue Over Distance presentation inspires action.

Food pantries have a consistent need for nutritious and fresh foods to distribute. Here's how you can help:

  • Take advantage of BOGO deals the next time you are shopping.
  • Plant a little extra this spring and share fresh produce from your garden.
  • Volunteer at a food bank near you. Opportunities are listed at
  • Thank food bank workers.
  • Encourage your employer to match monetary donations to nonprofit organizations that provide food assistance.
  • Follow your local food pantries on social media and sign up for newsletters to be aware of needs and initiatives.


What does healthy eating look like to children?

See good nutrition through the eyes of young artists in the electronic art gallery at People's Resource Center in celebration of National Nutrition Month and Youth Art Month.

Many College of DuPage departments offer a variety of free virtual presentations to the community.

The Speakers Bureau is a complimentary service in which dynamic educators engage with local organizations through in-person and virtual lectures, performances and discussions, providing a glimpse into the College's wide array of knowledge.

Recent presentations include History of Chicago Mayors, U.S.-Russian Relations, Film and the Oscars, Hardening Soft Targets, Cultural Storytelling, Immigration Debate via Social Media, Female Supreme Court Justices, and Storm Chasing.

At this time, virtual Speakers Bureau presentations are available via Zoom. Complete the Speakers Bureau Request Form to schedule a virtual presentation. For more information, contact Community Engagement Coordinator Ami Chambers at (630) 942-3823,

The News Bureau promotes the College’s news, programs, students, faculty, events and thought leadership and is available to provide experts for commentary and analysis on trending topics.

If you are a media professional looking for an expert for a media piece, please contact News Bureau Manager Jen Duda at (630) 942-3097,