January 31, 2022

Maryland Institute College of Art Carefully Creating Ombuds Program

The private art and design school in Baltimore is "collaborating with the College community and Pacifica Human Communications, LLC in the development of an organizational ombuds system." The new campus resource was initiated by MICA's Board of Trustees in July 2021 as part of a broader effort to address "racism, sexism, harassment, and other forms of experienced inequities." A committee of ten alumni, faculty, staff, and students are meeting to develop a charter and facilitate dialog with MICA constituents.

Pacifica, a consulting firm headed by Andrea Schenck, has been advising the college since September 2021. An Ombuds program is expected to be ready by the 2022 fall semester. (One MICA Ombuds Function.)

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