Ombuds Program welcomes new assistant ombudsperson

Exterior of the ombuds office

Jennifer Hudson is the new assistant ombudsperson for the Ombuds Program, a service dedicated to resolving university-related conflicts confidentiality and informally.

Hudson, who joined the UO in September, also will serve as director of the Student Conflict Resolution Center, with the goal of making conflict resolution services more accessible across the campus community and reaching a diverse group of people. The Ombuds Program is a free service available to staff, faculty and students on campus.

“We were seeking someone with program management skills, expertise on student issues and extensive experience in the full range of conflict resolution processes,” said university ombudsperson Brett Harris. “Ms. Hudson exceeds in all of these areas and we are very pleased that she has joined the UO to fill this position.”

Hudson earned a master’s in conflict and dispute resolution at the UO in 2014 and interned in the Ombuds Program during her graduate studies. Previously, she worked as a behavioral interventionist in Illinois.

“What I enjoy most about my work is serving as a change agent from the individual to the institutional level,” Hudson said. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to guide a program that employs empowering conflict tools for university students while also providing a valuable hands-on experience for future conflict professionals.”

The new joint position was the result of efforts by the Division of Student Life, Associated Students of the University of Oregon, Ombuds Program and Office of the President.

By Lizzy Elkins, University Communications