Bindu Kolli Jayne
Title IX Coordinator, Swarthmore College
This summer, Bindu Kolli Jayne took over as Swarthmore College’s Title IX coordinator. Her hiring was a major part of the school’s efforts to make things right after a series of high-profile sexual assault allegations in 2013. Jayne is no stranger to the job, having held similar positions at Appalachian State University, Rowan University and the University of Delaware.
From an early age, Jayne was drawn to the concept of equality. In college, she found herself gravitating toward a law degree. “The interplay between the law and education is a really interesting space,” she says. “It’s a space where you can really affect change around overwhelming topics like diversity, equity and sexual violence.”
In the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, there’s never been a better time to tackle those issues—especially on a college campus. “It’s really exciting to work in a place where the whole point of the organization is to foster free thinking,” Jayne says. “It’s a small enough community where you can hopefully see change in a faster way.”
Jayne also wants to ensure that student voices are heard. “I’m doing this work so my daughter only knows a world and an environment that sees her for all of the boundless capabilities she has—and so hopefully she will never be part of an environment where she feels like she may be victimized,” says Jayne.