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Oberman, Susan


Biographical Note

Susan Oberman graduated from Goucher College in 1968 with a B.A. degree. She has worked as an activist in movements for social change since the mid-1960’s and founded the Nassau County Women's Liberation Center in New York in 1972. She moved to Charlottesville, Virginia in 1988 and became the director of the FOCUS Women's Resource Center. After working at FOCUS for ten years she founded Common Ground Negotiations Services.

Oberman was a founder and planner of the annual Days of Dialogue on Race Relations events held annually in Charlottesville from 1997 to 2002, and was a founding member of the Black Women/White Women/all Women dialogue group.

She has authored several articles including "Confidentiality in Mediation: An Application of The Right To Privacy" and "Mediation Theory vs. Practice: What Are We Really Doing? Re-Solving A Professional Conundrum."


"Susan Oberman." LinkedIn, 21 Nov. 2017,

"Susan Oberman is by temperament and profession, a Mediator." Common Ground Negotiations, 21 Nov. 2017,

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Susan Oberman papers

Identifier: MSS 16349
Scope and Contents Note Susan Oberman papers (1960's-2017, 7 cubic feet) documenting her negotiation practice (Common Ground Negotiation Services, her activism in women's issues in Nassau County, New York (1972-1989) and her support for women, social justice, and race relations in Charlottesville, Virginia (1990-2013). Of interest is information about the history of African American life in Charlottesville including questions about the racial background of Queen Charlotte. There are also three...
Dates: 1960's-2017