Ombuds

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Ombuds services are offered throughout the SRCD Biennial meeting to provide a fair, equitable, respectful, and harassment-free environment for all.

What is an Ombuds?

The ombuds is available to listen to any concerns you may have regarding unwelcome behavior, including incidents and allegations of harassment. An ombuds will listen objectively, discuss options, and offer guidance on whatever you may be facing and, when appropriate, direct you to other resources available to you as participants of this meeting. All communications with the ombudsperson are confidential except when there is an imminent concern for safety.

About the 2021 Biennial Meeting Ombuds

Kathleen (Kathy) H. Canul is serving as the ombuds for the SRCD 2021 Biennial Meeting. Kathy is the Director of Ombuds Services at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she addresses concerns across this large and diverse public institution via alternative dispute resolution strategies. She is also an international ombuds consultant for the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), an inter-governmental organization combating climate change. Prior to this role, she was the University Ombudsman for the University of California, Irvine. Additionally, she has served as the Ombudsperson for the Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Archaeology/Society for Classical Studies (AIA/SCS) and the Annual Convention for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). For over 20 years, Kathleen has conducted workshops on diversity and provided continuing education courses on enhancing respect and managing bullying and harassment in the workplace, specifically addressing the experiences of women, BIPOC, and the LGBTQ community. She is a former professor of cross cultural and LatinX psychology and a licensed psychologist who provides pro bono capacity-building skills and training to nonprofit organizations focusing on educational and health disparities. Kathleen earned both a Ph.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Washington State University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine. She is a certified mediator and a member of the International Ombudsman Association (IOA). She is bilingual and speaks Spanish fluently.

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How can I contact the ombuds during the meeting?

  • In the Lobby, click on the “Discuss a Concerning Incident” banner in the upper-right corner (located directly underneath “Code of Conduct”);
  • At the Help Desk, click on the “Discuss a Concerning Incident” banner to the right of the desk;
  • E-mail ombuds@srcd.org (beginning April 6, 2021); or
  • Call (949) 293-7515.

The ombuds’ office hours during the biennial are:

  • 9:00am - 11:00am (EDT)
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm (EDT)
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm (EDT)

The ombuds may have availability at other times, but please note that she is in the Pacific Daylight time zone.

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You also may contact the ombudsperson by phone or email through April 30, 2021.