Introduction of Services: L. Reuben Mitchell

For several years, the College has engaged in conversations about the desire for additional avenues to informally and safely address interpersonal, work-related conflicts.

The Office of the Provost is pleased to offer the services of L. Reuben Mitchell, inclusion and diversity and employee relations specialist, to academic administrators, staff and faculty for consultation. Mr. Mitchell will serve as an impartial consultant with whom campus community members can express and identify concerns about a range of issues regarding grievances, supervision and performance, develop resolution options, get information, manage conflict, and learn more productive ways of communicating.

Most of Mr. Mitchell's work will be conducted informally via phone or e-mail, though some personal appointments may be available. His services normally will not be offered to students, as students should contact the instructor, department chairperson and/or the school dean for problems relating to academic study, and the Dean of Students for instances involving other students. However, at times student contact with Mr. Mitchell would be beneficial, and they may also request his services.

Mr. Mitchell will take care to protect the confidentiality of information, except under those circumstances where law requires disclosure. The intent is to provide objective and confidential advice to help informally resolve campus issues. Mr. Mitchell will report to the provost.

Mr. Mitchell can be reached by phone at (925) 631-8890. His email address is Questions about this service can be directed to Dr. Bethami Dobkin, provost and vice president for academic affairs, at

This is intended to be an informal consultative process, and is not a substitute for filing a formal complaint of discrimination, harassment or retaliation under College policies. The Director of Human Resources (Emily Elliott, 925-631-4212), consistent with College policy, will continue to receive, and where appropriate investigate, complaints regarding allegations of harassment and/or discrimination in violation of College policy. Students who wish to report such conduct may contact the Dean of Students (Scott Kier, 925-631-4236) in addition to the Director of Human Resources.