Director of Equal Opportunity & Title IX Coordinator
Belinda M. Guthrie has twenty years of progressive leadership experience in higher education developing campus wide programs for the prevention, investigation, and response to issues of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and bias incidents/hate crimes involving students, faculty and staff, ADA/Section 504 compliance, university governance and policy development, and responding to students at risk. Belinda joined Santa Clara University in 2014 as the University’s first full-time Equal Opportunity and Title IX Coordinator.
Title IX Investigator
Jenna Elliott joined the Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX in August 2015. Jenna has a variety of experiences in the field of civil rights investigations and student affairs including working 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 for University of San Francisco from 2007-2015. She got her start at Loyola Marymount University where she earned her BA in Animation and then transitioned to University of San Francisco where she earned her MA in Organization and Leadership from the School of Education. Jenna has received extensive training as a Civil Rights Investigator, ADA/ 504 Coordinator and Civil Rights Title IX Coordinator.
Equal Opportunity and Title IX Investigator
Jessica Gasbarro has 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. In 2013, Jessica expanded her practice to focus on workplace and school investigations with an emphasis on sexual misconduct and trauma-informed investigative practices. In this capacity, she spearheaded an initiative to create a firm-wide investigation practice group with legally compliant and socially-conscious practices and procedures that is still in use today. Outside of her interim position at SCU, Jessica operates as a solo legal consultation and special appearance practice, working with various clients in Northern California. She also writes and edits content for several private and non-profit educational entities, including BALANCE and USC's Rossier School of Education. In addition, Jessica serves as the Board President for an animal sanctuary start-up, Oxford's House, a non-profit agency that supports Northern California's large animal rescues through grant-writing and marketing support.
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. In her capacity as an Access Specialist, Bianca helped students with disabilities to 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 Administrative Assistant for the office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX. She 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 which 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.