President Valerie Smith announced today that Bindu Kolli Jayne will join Swarthmore College on July 1 as the College's Title IX Coordinator. Jayne is currently the assistant vice president for equity and diversity and Title IX coordinator at Rowan University.
"Bindu brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this critical role,” Smith said in a message to the campus community. “I look forward to working with her and know her expertise and collaborative spirit will be tremendous assets to the College as we continue to work toward a safe, violence-free campus where everyone can thrive."
“Bindu Jayne is a very articulate, poised, and knowledgeable individual on the subject of Title IX,” adds Claire O’Brien ‘18, a member of the search committee. “With her years of experience, she will be a valuable asset to the Swarthmore community, where she will most definitely be prepared to listen to students, faculty, and staff, and move the entire College forward together. I wish her the best of luck in her new position.”
At Rowan, Jayne oversees the Office of Equity and Diversity and coordinates all functions related to Title IX, including policy review and implementation, trainings, programming, oversight for investigations, and case management. She has served as a member of the University’s Strategic Priorities Council, Clery Compliance Committee, Middle State Compliance Committee, and co-chair of the Bias Assessment and Response Team and the ADA Advisory Committee. She has also served on the New Jersey planning commission charged with establishing a coordinated effort to respond to domestic violence incidents.
Jayne received a B.A. in government from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She has been admitted to both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bar associations. Prior to her arrival at Rowan, Jayne was the associate vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and compliance/Title IX coordinator/chief diversity officer at Appalachian State University and the director of policy, compliance, and equity and director of employee and labor relations at the University of Delaware.
“During the search process, I was impressed to meet with such an engaged group of students, faculty, staff and administrators who have taken such a vested interest in forwarding the initiatives of Title IX,” Jayne says. “I'm eager to build upon the hard work that's already been done in this area, and to help move Swarthmore forward as new models and approaches to Title IX continue to evolve.”
In her role as Title IX coordinator, Jayne will oversee the College’s centralized review, investigation, and resolution of reports of sexual assault and harassment and gender-based inequity. She will advise individuals about the courses of action available at the College, both informally and formally, and provide assistance to any College community member regarding appropriate responses to reports of sexual assault and harassment. She will also partner with colleagues across campus, provide a vision and leadership around Title IX issues, emphasize both compliance and education as key priorities, and work collaboratively and proactively with campus and community partners to ensure the campus climate is equitable, safe, and welcoming for all members of the Swarthmore community.