Ombuds Office

The Ombuds Office serves as an independent, confidential, neutral, and informal resource for members of the Wellesley College community.

The Ombuds Office provides assistance to Wellesley faculty, staff, and union employees who have concerns arising from or affecting their work at the College, or to students who are having an issue with a faculty or staff member. The ombudsperson will listen and work with individuals to clarify interests and goals, strategize about handling a problematic situation, provide information about College policy, assist with both written and verbal communication, identify other available resources, and/or facilitate conversations. In all encounters, the ombudsperson will seek processes and resolutions that are equitable to all parties.  

The Ombuds Office will not identify its visitors or discuss concerns with anyone without permission, unless the ombudsperson determines that there is an imminent risk of serious harm or if the ombudsperson is compelled to do so.

The Ombudsperson at Wellesley College

Elizabeth Lieberman has served as ombudsperson since 2011. Liz is an emerita member of the Wellesley faculty, having taught in the Department of Chemistry and served as assistant dean of the College and director of the Office of Sponsored Research. A graduate of Wellesley College, she has a thorough understanding of the inner workings of the College following her 40-year career here.

Contact the Ombudsperson

Liz can be reached by email ( or by phone (781.283.3385). Her office is in Clapp Library, Room 301. She is generally available to meet with community members on Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-noon and 12:30-3 p.m. She is also available at other times by appointment.