2024-2025 Academic Year

** This is a paid student job open to all students regardless of work study eligibility **
Basic Position Overview 

The Wesleyan Student Ombuds Program (link) was informed and inspired by student voices and began in Fall 2021.

The Student Ombuds serve as neutral and confidential* resources and thought partners for students who are considering their options for addressing an issue, especially in situations where there are power and positionality differences. The Ombuds can support students who are experiencing or observing unfair treatment, communication breakdown, microaggressions, or other challenging interpersonal matters, particularly when the other party is in a position of power in relation to the student (e.g., a professor, coach, or supervisor). Although separate from the University’s Ombudsperson (link) for staff and faculty, these Student Ombuds use similar conflict resolution and restorative justice practices. Student Ombuds provide information about resources, offer perspective, and advise students as they explore and navigate their options for resolving concerns.

Each cohort of Student Ombuds is selected to represent various academic areas of the institution (i.e., each academic division and Athletics), and to represent a range of perspectives, connections, and lived experiences.

Each Student Ombud earns $17/hour for their work, with between 2 and 5 hours of work each week. As 2024-2025 will be the fourth year of this program, the next cohort of Student Ombuds will play a role in continuing to shape the program and its future. 

Student Ombuds report to Dr. April Ruiz, Dean for Academic Equity, Inclusion, & Success 

Duties include: 

  • Serve as a confidential*, neutral thought partner for students considering their options for resolving an issue, especially when the other party is in a position of power in relation to the student (for example, a professor, coach, or supervisor)
  • Hold a safe and supportive conversational space, simply listening and serving as an impartial sounding board
  • Provide insight on managing challenging conversations
  • Share information about campus resources
  • Explain institutional policies and processes, including those regarding how to make a formal complaint to the University
  • Communicate any patterns of concern to university leadership

*The Student Ombuds stand with survivors of sexual misconduct, though they do not serve as a confidential resource for these matters.



Please direct any questions to 

International Buddy Program and African Scholars Student Coordinator

We have two opportunities through the Office of International Student Affairs (OISA).

Students continuing their studies at Wes in the Fall 2023 Semester to sign up for our International Buddy Program (IBP) and be matched with an incoming international student. All returning Wesleyan students are eligible to sign up for IBP. The deadline to sign up is next Sunday, May 14th at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

The second opportunity is a current student staff opening to serve as Wesleyan’s first African Scholars Student Coordinator. The student who will be selected for this role will work with OISA professional staff and other campus stakeholders to plan and implement support structures and programming for the inaugural cohort of Wesleyan’s new African Scholars Program, which will be comprised of at least 10 new undergraduate scholarship students from Africa this fall. The deadline to apply in Handshake is this Sunday, May 7th at 11:55 p.m. EST.

TEDxWesleyanU Annual Conference – Sat 3/4

TEDxWesleyanU’s 2023 conference is coming up soon on Saturday, March 4th at 1:00 p.m.at Ring Auditorium. TEDxWesleyanU is the annual, student-organized TEDx conference on campus focused on celebrating ideas worth spreading. 

Buy your tickets today at tedxwesleyanu.com! $10 for students, $12 for non-students.

Our schedule is packed with brilliant speakers, exclusive sponsor offers, Wesleyan student performances, merch give-aways, free food and, of course, ideas worth sharing! Don’t miss it!

Ukrainian Folk Dance

Ukrainian Folk Dance: Choreotherapy with Mariia Bakalo

Wednesday, February 22 7-8:30PM

Cross Street Dance Studio, 160 Cross St.

Wesleyan University

This workshop is free and open to everyone! all abilities, ages and curiosities!

Mariia Bakalo, dance artist from Lviv, Ukraine, will introduce Ukrainian folk dance. Working with spatial and rhythmic patterns, stomping and breath, the dances facilitate a sense of wellbeing enhanced by a collective dynamic.

(Masks will be required – We will have extra ones on hand)