Office of Spirituality and Dialogue

Office of Religious and Spiritual Life Staff

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life has a small staff and close relationships with local and regional clergy.

The Rev. Dr. David F. H. Dorsey is the multifaith chaplain and director of the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life at Oberlin College. He is the creator of Barefoot Dialogue, a sustained dialogue program in its ninth year.

Jaris Owens (OC '20) is the Sustained Dialogue Coordinator for 2021-2022. In his time at Oberlin, Jaris participated in Barefoot Dialogue, gained training in conflict mediation by the Yeworkha Belachew Center for Dialogue (YBCD), and served as a small group facilitator in classroom settings for the YBCD. In these spaces, he developed a fire for social justice, a love for vulnerability, and a passion for connecting with others.