Interim Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX
Jenna Elliott joined the Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX in August 2015. Jenna has a wide variety of experience in the fields of civil rights investigation and student affairs. During her time at the University of San Francisco, she worked in Residence Life as well as serving as a Student Conduct Administrator for drug and alcohol policy enforcement and Title IX Intake Officer and Investigator from 2007-2015. She got her start at Loyola Marymount University, where she earned her BA in Animation. She then transitioned to the University of San Francisco, where she earned her MA in Organization and Leadership from the School of Education. In addition, Jenna has received extensive training as a Civil Rights Investigator, ADA/ 504 Coordinator, and Civil Rights Title IX Coordinator.
Interim Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Jessica Gasbarro joined the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX in 2020, bringing 12 years of experience as a licensed attorney in California. After graduating with honors from UC Davis, where she received her bachelor's degree in English with a minor in political science, Jessica went on to earn her law degree from Whittier Law School, where she graduated third in her class and was the recipient of a Center For Children's Rights fellowship. Since then, she has worked across various sectors, including public K-12 school districts, community college districts, private universities, and county offices of education. Jessica has advised clients on numerous issues, including discrimination, harassment, workplace misconduct, disability educational rights, ADA/Section 504, privacy and confidentiality, alternative discipline practices, and board governance related to these issues. [Click on Jessica's picture to read her full biography.]
Outgoing Director of Equal Opportunity & Title IX
Belinda M. Guthrie joined Santa Clara University in 2014 as the University’s first full-time Equal Opportunity and Title IX Coordinator. She brought to that role over twenty years of progressive leadership experience in higher education, having worked to develop campus-wide programs for the prevention, investigation, and response to discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, bias, and hate crimes involving students, faculty, and staff. Belinda has also worked on initiatives related to ADA/Section 504 compliance, university governance, policy development, and response to students at risk. [Click on Belinda's picture to read her full biography.]
Senior Administrative Assistant
Bianca Aspin joined the Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX team in October 2020. A newcomer to the Bay Area, Bianca originally hails from the often frozen and snow-covered landscape of Northern Minnesota. Upon graduating with a BA in Psychology and Music from The College of St. Scholastica in 2016, she was offered the opportunity to continue working for her alma mater as professional staff in their Center for Equal Access office. As an Access Specialist, Bianca helped students with disabilities navigate college and advocated for them to have a more accessible and equitable college experience. Bianca is excited to be part of the vibrant and engaging community at SCU and to support the important work this department performs to promote equity and inclusivity in higher education.
Lucy Amirkhanian joined Santa Clara University in Oct 2015 and is the on-call Administrative Assistant for the office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX. Lucy graduated from school in London, United Kingdom, and went on to work for various corporate organizations in the administrative field, including Shell Oil & Gas and Randstad Staffing Agency. After nearly ten years of working in London, Lucy decided it was time for a change of scenery (and weather) and relocated to San Jose in 2014. Lucy is extremely motivated to be working with a department that plays such a vital role in helping create and maintain a welcoming, supportive, equitable, and safe environment for every member of the SCU campus community.