About the SAA Annual Meeting Ombuds

For the 2023 Annual Meeting, the SAA has chosen two ombuds to serve as informal, independent, neutral, and confidential resources for meeting attendees. The ombuds can assist meeting attendees with determining options to address issues such as harassment, free speech, academic integrity, conflicts of interest, safety, diversity, or any other concern related to the SAA Annual Meeting. The ombuds will listen to understand issues from the perspective of individuals and provide support, coaching, strategies, options, and useful resources. All issues, including sexual harassment, can be discussed confidentially and independently of the Society. Appropriate administrative channels will be offered to individuals who desire to register formal complaints. 

In addition, the SAA ombuds may, with the permission of the individuals who come to them, make recommendations to the SAA President and Executive Director about specific actions that might enhance the safety and well-being of the individuals attending the Annual Meeting. The ombuds will be accessible during the Annual Meeting at the following times:


In addition, ombuds can be available as arranged with David and Kathleen. The ombuds will be available by e-mail (saaombuds@gmail.com) and phone (805-330-1035). They can be contacted up to 30 days after the close of the conference.

Please read our Ombuds FAQ. If you have a question that has not been answered, please don't hesitate to tell the ombuds at the gmail above so we can answer it for you.

We invite you to "meet" the Ombuds by watching this video and reading more about our ombuds below. 

Kathleen, International Ombudsman Association, certified mediator

Kathleen Ombuds

Kathleen Canul has over 20 years of experience serving as an ombuds in higher education. She has provided conflict management and alternative dispute resolution services to several professional organizations and is currently the director of Ombuds Services at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a certified mediator and member of the International Ombudsman Association. Additionally, she offers trainings on workplace conflict, communication, diversity, and inclusion. She earned an MS and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Washington State University and is a licensed psychologist, former psychology instructor, and member of the American Psychological Association. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.


  • May 03, 2022

    Submission System Opens

  • September 08, 2022

    Submission Deadline 3PM EDT

  • November 10, 2022

    Meeting Payment Confirmations Sent

  • November 15, 2022

    Membership Join Deadline for Nonmember Participants

  • December 01, 2022

    Withdrawal Deadline

  • December 06, 2022

    Participation Decision Letters from Program Committee

  • January 30, 2023

    Membership Renewal Deadline for Current Member Participants