Annual Ombuds Day

Every Second Thursday of October

What Is Ombuds Day?

Every second Thursday of October people from around the world take time to celebrate ombuds. IOA wants to invite you to take part in these celebrations.

Ombuds Day serves as an additional opportunity to educate and raise awareness among the public about the history and practices of the ombuds profession including the various ombuds models, the roles they play, the services they offer, and the value provided.

   Join In Our Celebration Video


  Upcoming Celebrations

The primary goal of Ombuds Day is to improve public awareness of ombuds. 

Our actions are intended to:

  1. Educate the public about the role of ombuds
  2. Explain the wide variety of services that ombuds provide
  3. Encourage greater use of ombuds programs and services
  4. Highlight the value ombuds bring to the institutions and constituents they serve.


What Is an Ombuds?

Ombuds (also known as ombudspersons and ombudsmen) are confidential, impartial, and independent conflict management professionals in universities; federal, state, and local governments; healthcare facilities; and a variety of other organizations. However, their roles and services are relatively unknown compared to other methods of resolving conflicts such as mediation, arbitration, and litigation. Learn more about ombuds.


Ombuds Day 2022

Mark your calendars! The Fifth Annual Ombuds Day will take place on Thursday, October 13, 2022. This year's theme is Resilience, Respect, Resolve.

Virtual Ombuds Day Event, Hosted by ABA

1:00 PM-3:00 PM ET

IOA Members receive a discounted rate! Enter code CE1050

  Register Now  


Learn about additional Upcoming Events below and as well as other celebrations on the Ombuds Day Website.

  Ombuds Day Website  

  Ombuds Day Toolkit  


Submit An Ombuds Celebration Video

Each year IOA creates a video to highlight the amazing work of ombuds around the world. (Take a moment to watch last year's video.)

We are currently seeking your help in creating this year's video. Using your smartphone, please record a 30-60 second video message and email the video to us at [email protected]

Video Submissions Should Include:

  1. Your name

  2. Your organization

  3.  Where you are in the world

  4.  Why ombuds work is more important than ever, and/or

  5.  How do you see the theme of Resilience, Respect, and Resolve being reflected in your work as ombuds?

  Submit Now  

The submissions window will close on 5 October 2022.

When submitting your file please include the full name, organization, city, and country of all of the people in your video.


Upcoming Ombuds Day Events


  • Virtual Ombuds Day Event, hosted by ABA
    • 1:00 PM-3:00 PM ET | Registration | IOA Members receive a discount! Enter code CE1050
  • Association of Ombudspersons of the Universities of Quebec (AOUQ) Virtual Lunchtime Conference:
    • 13 October from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT | Registration


Questions About How to Take Part in Celebrations?

Contact your 2022 Ombuds Day Task Force Liaison. Liaisons also want to hear about your events and proclamations! 

  • International Ombuds Association Liaison: Laura Smythe[email protected]
  • Corporate Organization Ombudsman Roundtable Liaison: TBD
  • ABA Ombuds Committee Co-Chairs: Ken Skodacek / Allison Whaley [email protected]
  • United States Ombudsman Association (USOA) Liaison: Joel Schwartz
  • The Coalition of Federal Ombudsman (COFO) Liaison:  Belinda Robinson
  • National Association of State (Long-Term Care) Ombudsman Programs (NASOP) Liaison:  Tony Fullbright & William Whited
  • Emerging Ombuds Network (EON) Liaison:  Herschenia Brown


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Past Ombuds Day Milestones

2021 Ombuds Day Video


Proclamations 2021

2020 Ombuds Day Videos & Recordings

View recordings and recaps of selected 2020 events below:

Proclamations 2020

Proclamations (2018-2019)


Celebrations (2018-2019)