A note from the Office of the Ombudsperson


Oberlin Ombudsperson Yeworkwha Belachew

The Yeworkwha Belachew Center for Dialogue is a multipartial independent entity within Oberlin College that strives to promote change through conflict transformation, mediation, community building, educational workshops, and facilitated dialogue. Our program is based on a social justice model and therefore it is the responsibility of our group to uphold the belief in social change.

In the past, you have helped us by nominating able students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. Individuals who were selected through the nomination process have done excellent work mediating several disputes as well as facilitating dialogue and promoting educational programs. Because of their efforts, the YBCD continues to reduce the burden of conflict on campus and in the Oberlin community at large with a success rate of 95 percent.

Your recommendations have helped us select and train 30 new mediators who will be available to assist you should you require third-party assistance, individual and group facilitation, and other services. Please contact the office for questions and assistance.