Faculty, Staff and Student Ombudsperson


Tahirih Varner is a conflict resolution practitioner with years of community development experience in a myriad of diverse settings. From directing character-building programs for children and youth on First Nations reservations in Canada to helping bridge racial and socio-economic divides in Zimbabwe, Lesotho and South Africa, she has dedicated her time and energy over the past few decades to sustainable development work that seeks to empower both the group and individuals to function harmoniously.

Tahirih has a Master of Science degree in Conflict Management and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Spanish and Rhetoric. She is a CRETE (Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education) Certified Trainer and has worked with the Georgia State University Office of the Ombudsperson for the past seven years. She was appointed as GSU’s Liaison to the Board of Regents on Conflict Management, awarded Liaison of the Year for the State of Georgia in her first year in the role, and served as a University System of Georgia system-wide mediator helping to resolve conflict on university campuses all across the state. She has given keynote addresses at university conferences and trained hundreds of teachers and administrators in metro Atlanta public school districts on the CRETE curriculum.

The majority of her time at GSU was spent providing conflict coaching and leadership training to empower community members to better manage their differences. This involved mostly one-on-one coaching, but also included creating and coaching a mock mediation team for students which placed 2nd in their very first tournament- a regional tournament that hosted universities from Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and others.

Tahirih is excited to Go West! in 2017 as she joins us at the University of West Georgia as the new Ombuds for faculty, staff and students. She is eager to be of service and lend her expertise to the wolf pack, so please go see her if you have a concern or just to say hi and welcome her to the pack.