Meet the Ombuds, Janet Abejo-Parker
I was appointed to the Ombuds ("awm-buhdz") position as of August 2021 and am honored to be serving the community in this role. I am a certified mediator and my educational background is in psychology, human resources, and law. I previously served as a civil rights investigator and mediator for over ten years and teach dispute resolution as an adjunct professor. I am a member of the International Ombudsman Association (IOA) and practice in accordance with IOA Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
I am an informal conflict/concern resolution resource for District constituents, including students, parent/guardians, and employees regarding District-related matters. The Ombuds Office was created in response to community requests and is a critical component in the District's efforts to surface ethical concerns; promote a more just, civil, equitable, and inclusive organization; and improve organizational culture.
My primary duties as Ombuds are to:
- Assist individuals with exploring options to address District-related concerns and conflict; and
- Monitor concerns, identify trends, and raise awareness of emerging issues.
Due to the independent, impartial, confidential, and informal nature of the Ombuds role, communication with this office does not place the organization on formal notice.