May 31, 2023

San Mateo County Community College District Backtracks on Ombuds Plan

In February, the community college system in California (just south of San Francisco County) announced plans to hire its first Ombudsperson. The new position was expected to serve nearly 50,000 stakeholders across three campuses. Then, at it's April meeting, the SMCCCD Board of Trustees approved the new position of Chief Diversity Officer/Ombuds. The revised position is clearly outside the standards of practice due to the inherent conflicts of duty. Direct efforts to dissuade the Board Chair were unavailing. (SMCCCD Jobs; San Mateo Almanac.)

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