January 28, 2022

ACCUO to Host First Virtual Conference

The Association of Canadian College and University Ombudspersons (Association des ombudsmans des universités et collèges du Canada) will convene its first virtual annual conference on February 3, 2022. The theme, “Community Reconnect,” reflects the intention to help Canadian Ombuds restore valuable connections lost during the pandemic. The one-day event is free and open to non-members.

Here's an overview of the conference program:

  • Natalie Sharpe, President, ACCUO
  • Prof. Véronique Fraser, University of Sherbrooke
Ice Breaker

Plenary Session
  • "Multipartiality: An Essential Foundation for Equitable Fairness"
    Remonia Stoddart-Morrison & Natalie Sharpe, University of Alberta
Concurrent Sessions
  • "Connecting with Students: 3 Cases for Review"
    Amy Fish, Ombudsperson, Concordia University
  • "Online Proctoring: Integrity, Equity, and Fairness"
    David Draper, Undergraduate Ombuds Intern, University of Alberta
Concurrent Sessions
  • "Ombuds, Poets, and Policy: Harryette Mullen’s 'We are Not Responsible' and Ombuds as Policy Influencers"
    Carolyn Brendon, Ombudsperson, McMaster University
  • "Independently Connected and Impartially Biased: Overcoming Oxymorons in Ombudsing Practice"
    Veronica Taylor, Interim Undergraduate Ombudsperson, University of Alberta
Facilitated Discussion
  • "Making the Most of the Courage to Act Project for Ombuds (Courage to Act Project)"
    Natalie Sharpe, Ombudsperson, University of Alberta and Deborah Eerkes, Director of Student Conduct and Accountability Office, University of Alberta
Closing Remarks
  • Natalie Sharpe, President, ACCUO

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