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Announcement of New Title IX Coordinator

May 31, 2018 

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

I’m delighted to share the news that Bindu Kolli Jayne will join Swarthmore College on July 1 as the College's Title IX Coordinator. Bindu is currently the assistant vice president for equity and diversity and Title IX coordinator at Rowan University.

At Rowan, Bindu 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. Since 2016, she has planned and hosted Rowan’s annual Title IX Summit and 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.  

Bindu 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, Bindu 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.  

In her role as Title IX coordinator, Bindu 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 and welcoming for all members of the Swarthmore community.

We are grateful to the faculty, staff and students who met with the finalists for the position and who provided their feedback to the search committee. For their excellent work this year, I would also like to extend thanks to the members of the search committee: Nnenna Akotaobi, Associate Director of Athletics and Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics; Liz Braun, Dean of Students; Jack Cote ‘20; J.T. Duck, Director of Admissions; Alice Holland, Director of Health and Wellness; Emma Morgan-Bennett ‘20; Claire O’Brien ‘18; Amanda Puchon, Manager, Talent Management and Retention, Human Resources; and Patricia Reilly, Associate Professor of Art History and Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Faculty.

Bindu brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this critical role. I look forward to working with her, and I know that 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.


Valerie Smith