Our Office | Staff & Deputy Title IX Coordinators

Staff & Deputy Title IX Coordinators

Our Mission

MIT is committed to providing a working, living, and learning environment free from discrimination and discriminatory harassment for all community members including students, faculty, and staff.  While preventing incidents is a community-wide responsibility, the Institute Discrimination and Harassment Response Office supports community members who have experienced harm to access available resources and reporting options.

In Spring 2020, our office, previously known as the Title IX & Bias Response (T9BR) office, became the Institute Discrimination and Harassment Response Office (IDHR). In addition to handling student concerns related to Title IX (including sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other forms of discrimination) our office is also a central resource for the entire MIT community for concerns related to discrimination, discriminatory harassment, and bias. This centralization is part of an Institute-wide effort to streamline informal and formal complaint processes to ensure that a dedicated and well-trained team is available to address incidents and establish centrally tracked incident reports at MIT.

Institute Discrimination & Harassment Response Office Staff

Please note: Any student, faculty, or staff member who has concerns related to discrimination and/or harassment (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate-partner violence, and stalking) is encouraged to seek the assistance of the staff members listed below. They will provide information on resources for assistance and options to address concerns. 

Learn more about IDHR Staff attended trainings and materials.

Additionally, you can email idhr@mit.edu.

Sarah Rankin
Director of IDHR & Institute Title IX Coordinator

Sarah Rankin is the Director of the IDHR Office and serves as the Institute Title IX Coordinator at MIT. She oversees the education, case management, and investigation branches of the office, develops policies and procedures, conducts trainings across the Institute, and manages compliance efforts. Formerly, she was the Director of Harvard University’s Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, where she coordinated a large peer education program focused on sexual assault prevention efforts. Sarah earned her master’s degree in Psychology from Western Washington University in 1996. Aside from her professional positions, Sarah brings her experience as a mother of a teenage daughter and son to the work of gender equity. In her free time, she watches far too much reality TV and is embarrassed at how much she knows about the Kardashians. To reach Sarah, email her at srankin@mit.edu.

Jamie Sinetar
Case Manager

Jamie serves as the Case Manager in the Institute Discrimination and Harassment Response Office.  She strives to conduct intake interviews and manage cases so that all parties feel they have been treated with sensitivity, courtesy, and respect.  Prior to joining the Institute in August 2015, Jamie worked for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), where she was responsible for planning and executing large scale equity compliance reviews at numerous universities and served as a consultant on many Title IX investigations.  During Jamie’s tenure at (OCR) she was recognized for her trauma-informed approach to investigations and use of focus groups to examine campus climate. To reach Jamie, email her at jsinetar@mit.edu.

Bianca Kaushal
Manager of Prevention, Education, and Outreach

Bianca is the Manager of Prevention & Education in the IDHR Office. She conducts trainings for students, faculty and staff about MIT policies, reporting options, and legal responsibilities, and coordinates other prevention education efforts within the MIT community. Previously, Bianca worked at Washington University in St. Louis where she provided culturally-relevant training to international students regarding sexual assault, and at Saweraa, a St. Louis non-profit that supports South Asian women experiencing IPV.  Bianca holds a Master's in Social Work from The Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. She is passionate about anti-violence work and spends her free time baking 6-inch cakes and taking virtual walking tours with her partner. To reach Bianca, email her at bkaushal@mit.edu.

Jay Matthews
Administrative Assistant

Jay helps with day-to-day operations in the IDHR Office. Jay's work includes preparing documents, scheduling meetings, and other administrative functions. Jay welcomes all who visit and contact IDHR with courtesy and respect. Jay earned MAs from the Unversity of Leuven and the Episcopal Divinity School of Cambridge. Jay enjoys living on the salt marshes of Revere and walking the shoreline to the Blue Line. Jay can be reached at  jaymat@mit.edu.

Sarah Affel
Manager of Investigations

Sarah Affel is the Manager of Investigations at IDHR.  She manages investigations of formal complaints alleging that an MIT student, staff member, or faculty member engaged in discrimination or discriminatory harassment, including allegations of violations of the nondiscrimination policy, racist conduct, harassment based on a protected class, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, stalking, violence based on protected class, and retaliation.  Sarah also conducts investigations and is, in general, the lead investigator for allegations that an MIT employee engaged in discrimination or discriminatory harassment.  Before coming to MIT, Sarah was the Title IX Coordinator at Harvard Law School and at Cornell University.  Sarah also brings her experience as a prosecutor for the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office.  Sarah earned her JD from Northeastern University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Tufts University.  In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time outside with her family. To reach Sarah, email her at saffel@mit.edu.

Justin Brogden
Investigator

Justin is an Investigator in the IDHR Office. He investigates complaints as a neutral party and provides a written report of his findings. Justin is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Oberlin College and holds a law degree from Boston College Law School. Previously, Justin served as a domestic violence shelter Advocate, a Homelessness Case Manager, and practiced child welfare law. Justin spends much of his free time being followed around by his annoying but lovable dog, Pia. To reach Justin, email him at jbrogden@mit.edu.

Courtney Wilson
Investigator

Courtney is an Investigator in the IDHR Office. She investigates complaints as a neutral party and provides a written report of her findings. Courtney is a Massachusetts native and earned a law degree from Harvard Law School. She practiced corporate law for many years, specializing in securities regulation and mergers and acquisitions. Courtney enjoys reading debut novels and watching hockey and lacrosse, and is a long-time member of the Head of the Charles Regatta’s Race Operations team. Email her at cawilson@mit.edu.

Michaela Hinkley-Gordon
Law School Intern

 

Bridget Burns
Graduate Community Fellow

 

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

For concerns specifically related to gender-based discrimination (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking), there are additional, designated community members with whom you may feel more comfortable discussing your experience.

Deputy Title IX Coordinators are trained staff and faculty members who are knowledgeable about resources and reporting options available to students at MIT, specifically regarding concerns of gender-based discrimination. The Deputy Title IX Coordinators are available to receive reports alleging violations of the Institute's policy on sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other sexual misconduct (intimate partner violence and stalking).

Don Camelio

For Undergraduate Students

Don Camelio
Associate Dean, Residential Education
W20-507K
617-258-0855
dcamelio@mit.edu

Suraiya Baluch

For Graduate Students & Office of the Vice Chancellor

Suraiya Baluch
Assistant Dean for Graduate Personal Support
35-338
617-258-0304
baluch@mit.edu

Raquel Irons

For Staff

Raquel Irons
Human Resource Officer
NE49-5000
617-452-3700
rirons@mit.edu

 

For the Office of the Vice President for Research

Jennifer Walsh
Director of Human Resources, VP for Research
E25-143H
617-253-4275
jwalsh@mit.edu

 

For Faculty

Doreen Morris
Assistant Provost
3-231
617-253-1985
doreen@mit.edu

Jessica Rooney Gallagher

For Athletics

Jessica Rooney Gallagher
Athletic Trainer
W35-115
617-253-4908
jess_atc@mit.edu

For School of Architecture and Planning

Martha Collins
Assistant Dean for Human Resources and Administration
7-231
617-253-0655
mjcoll@mit.edu

Catherine Kim

For School of Engineering

Catherine Kim
Assistant Dean for Human Resources and Administration
1-203
617-258-6453
kimcs@mit.edu

Marc Jones

For School of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences

Marc Jones
Assistant Dean
4-240
617-253-3470
mbj@mit.edu

Jacob Cohen

For Sloan School of Management

Jacob Cohen
Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Master’s Programs and Senior Lecturer
E52-445
617-324-8107
jcohen28@mit.edu

Heather Williams

For School of Science

Heather Williams
Assistant Dean
6-131
617-253-8904
heatherg@mit.edu

Felicia Gauthier

For Lincoln Laboratory

Felicia Gauthier
Business Manager
Human Resources Department
781-981-7045
fgauthier@ll.mit.edu

For Schwarzman College of Computing

Eileen Ng
Assistant Dean for Administration
617-253-8010
eng@mit.edu

 

For Sloan School of Management

Catherine Gamon
Director, Student Life
Building E52-122
617-253-0834
cgamon@mit.edu