Here's how the new Ombuds was described in an announcement to AEA members,:
The ombudsperson will take and permanently record complaints concerning harassment or discrimination in any professional context; advise and provide resources to individuals experiencing harassment or discrimination; with the complainant’s permission, relay complaints to employers and/or to an AEA liaison; and, as appropriate, investigate or otherwise follow through on complaints. The ombudsperson will also help the Association develop policies and programs to fight harassment and discrimination, including offering training at ASSA meetings.Ben Bernanke is the current AEA President. (AEA News; AEA CSWEP Newsletter.)
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