Lydia Cummings, Harvard University
Please join Harvard Ombudsman Lydia Cummings for a discussion about her experience as the Harvard Ombudsman since the Office’s inception in 2003.
The Harvard Ombudsman is confidential, independent and neutral. He or she provides assistance to faculty, fellows, staff and students to address concerns related to the workplace or academic environment. Last year over 400 people contacted the Harvard University Ombudsman Office.
In her position, Ms. Cummings facilitates conversations via shuttle diplomacy, informal mediation, and her presence in a discussion as a neutral. Join us as we discuss the type of cases she sees and the implications for practice.
Lydia Cummings has been a member of the University community for over 25 years. Prior to becoming an ombudsman she was the Associate Director of Labor and Employee Relations in the Office of Human Resources. Her professional areas of expertise include employee counseling, contract negotiation, informal mediation of group conflicts, and assisting individuals to develop strategies for conflict resolution.
Lydia serves as ombudsman for all University constituents. She is a member of the International Ombudsman Association and practices to the code of ethics and standards of practice of the Association.
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