Misunderstanding, miscommunication, and conflict among people are inevitable. Anger and mistrust, however, don't have to be.

When you're caught in a conflict, it sometimes can be useful to involve a neutral party who can present options, devise strategies, and help find solutions.

Oberlin's ombudsperson is a multipartial and independent administrator who helps individuals—students, faculty and staff—resolve conflicts, solve problems, and communicate more effectively with others.

A Note from Oberlin's Ombuds Office

YBDear Oberlin campus members and friends:

Thank you for visiting our website.

The Office of the Ombudsperson has recently trained approximately 30 new Oberlin College Dialogue Center (OCDC) members thanks to your nominations and support. They were trained as mediators and given excellent skills for facilitation.

Please feel free to call on us for contentious discussions, and any conflicts that would need third-party assistance and intervention.

Thanks for all your support to keep this program strong. We will be seeking your nominations again as we add new OCDC members to our rolls in spring 2016.

Conflict transformation through the Oberlin College Dialogue Center

The OCDC offers confidential mediation and facilitation, as well as educational workshops on conflict transformation.

The Social Justice Institute

A two-day workshop for new students, the Social Justice Institute explores multicultural issues at Oberlin and in the larger social community.

SJI 2008 Participants in the 2008 Social Justice Institute