IOA 2020 Experience: on Display

Calling the Artist in You


2020 Annual Conference Concurrent Session – Experience: On Display

Conferences are a great opportunity for those practicing and supporting the Ombuds profession to exchange and empathize over shared experiences and challenges. In a field where relationships are integral, traditional podium and panel formats allow for a particular type of interaction.

“Experience: on Display” brings a new format to our participation in the annual conference. It creates an immersive platform for participants to relate to each other in new physical, visual, and experiential ways.

What is it?

“Experience: on Display” is an exhibit of art created by you, the conference participants. This co-created experience will help engage conference-goers to network and reflect in deeper ways than customary formats.

We need you…your experience, your creativity, and your art.

Here is how to participate:

1. What is a feeling or experience you’ve had related to this work??

Think about a part of your experience in, aspiring to, or supporting the ombuds role - this is for practicing ombuds, retired ombuds, aspiring ombuds, ombuds supporters, conflict management professionals and you! What is a feeling or experience you’ve had related to this work?

2. Express this experience.

How might you express this experience? Here is a non-exhaustive list of mediums you can choose from:

  • Painting, drawing, printmaking
  • Ceramics
  • Music or sound
  • Film or video
  • Graphic narrative
  • Literature
  • Performance
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile or crafts
  • Computer art
  • Conceptual art

3. Complete the “Submission for Art Form” by February 21st

Submit Your Idea

Remember… have fun and create!

Teresa Ralicki will be in touch with any questions and to confirm your participation. Bring your piece and any required support and equipment necessary to the conference.

What if you want to support this art show but don’t want to contribute a piece? Contact Teresa Ralicki [email protected].

Email Teresa


Presenter Biographies:

Teresa Ralicki is the Ombuds at the UC Denver campus. Teresa has a Master of Arts degree in Dispute Resolution from the University of Massachusetts Boston, a graduate certificate in Organization Consulting and Change Leadership from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Conflict and Peace Studies from Juniata College. Teresa has extensive training and experience in mediation, facilitation, Restorative Justice, and conflict coaching and has mediated small claims cases and community disputes in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

​Teresa also worked as a Restorative Justice Facilitator through the Center for Community Peacemaking in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.   Prior to her work at UC Denver, Teresa worked as Associate Ombudsman at the American Red Cross. Teresa is an active member of the International Ombudsman Association and served as a member of its Board of Directors.

Adam Barak Kleinberger was appointed Boston University’s Associate Ombuds in June of 2014. He is a Certified Organizational Ombudsman Practitioner® and follows the International Ombudsman Association’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Prior to arriving at BU, Adam served as the Assistant Ombudsman at Cornell University. He gained experience at the Consensus Building Institute in Cambridge, MA, mediating in Massachusetts’ district courts and at the City University of New York. Adam’s research and training has focused on improving conflict resolution skills through the use of improvisation and clowning. He began his study of conflict resolution in 1990 at the United World College. He holds a BA from Brandeis University, an MA in Dispute Resolution from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a diploma from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College.