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

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The Office of the Ombudsperson is currently seeking nominations for approximately 15 students and four to five faculty and staff members to participate in a series of mediation and negotiation skills for the Oberlin College Dialogue Center (OCDC) during the 2014-2015 academic year.

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