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K-State Today

February 1, 2021

Student ombudsperson position announcement

Submitted by Bryan Samuel

Action Step No. 1 of the President’s Plan for a More Inclusive K-State is creating a Student Ombudsperson Office. In moving forward with that initiative, we are excited to announce that the search committee is being assembled and the search is underway. 

The purpose of this position will be to provide guidance and direction to students regarding climate concerns and utilizing considerable judgment in understanding trends, areas of concerns and opportunities to enhance and sustain a campus characterized by respect for all students. The student ombudsperson is a concurrent appointment position that works closely with the university's chief diversity and inclusion officer to proactively and positively impact the university climate. The student ombudsperson will provide professional-level services in support of student concerns of equity, harassment and discrimination, as well as assist the university with staying abreast of climate concerns for all student populations and ensure that students’ concerns are received, reviewed and resolved by the appropriate units. The specific duties and responsibilities of the student ombudsperson include: 

    • Provides all students at the university a safe place for confidential consultation in assisting with the receipt and referral of any student concerns of equity and discrimination, grievance or appeal.
    • Listens to student concerns, values diverse perspectives, helps to explore options for resolution, provides facilitation or mediation services when appropriate, and remains impartial to all parties involved.
    • Helps to identify and refer student concerns to appropriate departments/units charged with receipt and review of said concerns.
    • Provide/offer coaching to students when necessary (e.g., preparation for difficult conversations) and initiate offers of assistance to students identified by university processes as "in need." 

Please submit a letter of interest accompanied by a resume/CV to Stefan Yates, special assistant to the chief diversity and inclusion officer, at syates@k-state.edu. The position remains open until filled. 

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