The Ombuds Office provides confidential and impartial assistance for staff, faculty and students by listening to their concerns, facilitating communication and conflict resolution, and offering information and referral. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, all appointments with the ombudsman are now online via Zoom (phone/video). Click here for contact information.
The Office is also offering the following online services:
Ask the Ombuds
A weekly informal online chat, Wednesdays, 1 pm
The purpose of the chat is to learn how the Ombuds Office can be a resource for you; to discuss general issues about your work or study; and to learn about topics of interest such as effective and respectful communication, resolving problems or conflict and any other topics to assist you in improving the work or academic environment.
Registration is not required. Click here to join on Zoom.
April 2020 Online Workshops
Click the links below to register — select a date and you will receive a Zoom meeting room ID. Reminders are sent out closer to the workshop date. If you cannot access the registration form, try another browser or contact the Ombuds Office.
Communicating During a Crisis (New)
When we feel stress and anxiety it is often difficult to be at our best when communicating with others. Learn about some quick and easy tips. They will help us stay in the present moment, be more self-aware and reduce unnecessary conflict or miscommunication.
Improving Performance (New)
Making time to develop optimal performance is not easy. With the amount of stress, distractions and interruptions in our daily lives, it’s difficult to commit to this goal. Many sources refer to the ABC’s of self care to reduce stress. Learn about these and other tips for guidance and support.
Becoming Resilient (New)
Resilience is the ability to bounce back after adversity or change. Why are some people more resilient than others? How is it that even though they experience the same event as we do, that they seem to cope better?
Adjusting to Change and Transition (New)
It is not uncommon for people and institutions to resist change. Often it is not the change that people struggle with; it’s the transition — our psychological adaptation to the change.