Ombuds Day 2021

Managing Conflict and Resolution on Campus—the role of the University Ombuds Office.


Watch the Recording


A session featuring:

  • Chuck Howard, Executive Director, International Ombuds Association
  • D.A. Graham, Interim Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion,
    ​and Belonging at the University of Kansas
  • Ada Emmett, Acting University Ombuds at the University of Kansas

Thursday, October 14th is International Ombuds Day and KU is celebrating this year by inviting an internationally known expert on conflict resolution and the power of the ombuds office in organizations.

We are excited to celebrate in-person with our special guest, the esteemed Chuck Howard, Executive Director of the International Ombuds Association. We are proud to host Chuck at KU.  We are holding one public event, co-sponsored by the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Office.  It will be a conversation with Chuck along with our Ombuds team to learn more about ombudsing and consider on how our collective roles as conflict management partners can support change and improvement in our university community even more. Please come with ideas, perspectives, and questions to ask and share. 

The Ombuds serves the entire KU community, all students, staff, and faculty.

The ethical foundations of the Ombuds service to the campus community are Confidentiality, Independence, Impartiality, and Informality. The Ombuds Office works hard to embody these principles, which are outlined in the Standards of Practice established by the International Ombuds Association. We welcome ALL members of the KU community to bring their concerns to the Ombuds Office, which is defined as anything troubling them that inhibits their capacity to be engaged, happy, healthy, or successful in their work or studies.