Oberlin's founding Ombuds and Director of the campus dispute resolution and restorative justice center, Yeworkwha ("YB") Belachew passed away this week after a long illness.
YB came to Oberlin in 1978 as a residence hall director. After two decades, she was tapped to establish the Ombuds office in 2000. She quickly added a mediation program and then, in 2006, YB worked with students to create the Social Justice Institute. When she retired in 2015, the college renamed the program in her honor: the Yeworkwha Belachew Center for Dialogue at Oberlin College. A staff award bearing her name also was created, and it is given annually to an employee who has gone above and beyond in service to Oberlin College. (Oberlin News.)
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