Earlier this week, Brown's Undergraduate Council of Students unanimously approved a resolution demanding that the University provide an Ombuds to work with undergrads. Currently, the University Ombudsperson, Ruthy Kohorn Rosenberg, works only with faculty, staff, postdocs, and grad students. Brown has an undergraduate population of 7,000.
The Council cited Ombuds programs at peer institutions that serve all stakeholders, such as Harvard, Penn, Cornell, MIT and Oberlin.
The Council also said that a Brown Ombuds should be trained in transformative justice and community accountability processes. The resolution is advisory only. UCS Treasurer Austin Lessin acknowledged, “We can’t force the administration to hire the ombudsperson, but this is a statement of intent.” (Brown Daily Herald.)
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