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Staff & Deputy Title IX Coordinators

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.

If you are interested in a career at IDHR, learn about our open positions.

 

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 or call (617) 324-7526. This is a non-emergency office number.

Nina N. Harris
Restorative Resolutions Coordinator

Nina Harris serves as the Restorative Resolution Coordinator in the IDHR Office. Nina facilitates adaptable resolution processes - such as facilitated dialogue, mediation, and restorative conferencing - as alternative resolution pathways to investigation/adjudication for addressing concerns of bias, discrimination, harassment, and misconduct based on protected classes. Bringing the lens of restorative practice, she works to expand opportunities for holistic solutions to individual and community harm beyond just disciplinary action.

An equity and violence prevention advocate, educator, and restorative justice practitioner with over twenty years of experience in higher education, administration, and student engagement, Nina has provided crisis and resource counseling for hundreds of survivors of gender-based interpersonal/sexual violence and identity-based harm and harassment. Her practice anchors around frameworks of anti-racism/anti-oppression, restorative/transformative justice, strength and resiliency building and trauma-informed praxis. Nina formerly held the roles of advocate, crisis counselor, program manager, educator and TIX/conduct case manager (for complainants and respondents) at Harvard University, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania. To reach Nina, email nnharris@mit.edu.

Simi Ogunsanwo
Manager, Prevention Education & Outreach

Simi Ogunsanwo is the Manager of Prevention Education & Outreach at IDHR. In her role, she manages the Education Team which is charged with providing prevention education and outreach to the MIT community around topics of discrimination and discriminatory harassment. Prior to joining IDHR, Simi was the administrative coordinator at Boston University’s Sexual Assault Response and Prevention center where she managed both response and prevention logistics. She also developed curriculum around healthy relationships and occasionally facilitated trainings to the BU undergraduate student population. Simi holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Boston University School of Public Health. To reach Simi, email soguns@mit.edu.

Moriah Silver
Manager of Investigations

Moriah serves as the Manager of Investigations for IDHR. She manages the investigation team which is charged with neutrally investigating 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). Moriah also conducts investigations and is, in general, the lead investigator for allegations that an MIT employee engaged in discrimination or discriminatory harassment. Prior to joining IDHR, Moriah was the Program Officer for Title IX and Professional Conduct at Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Science. Before working in higher education, she worked as a prosecutor in California. Her legal and policy career include work at the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, the Victim Rights Law Center in Boston, and with the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women under the Obama Administration. Moriah holds a JD from Northeastern University School of Law and a Master in Public Health from Tufts University School of Medicine. Moriah loves watching procedural crime shows, spending time near any body of water, and snuggling with the nearest canine (which is usually her dogs Rohan and Shadowfax – yes, there is a Lord of the Rings theme). To reach Moriah, email her at mhsilver@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.

Justine Plaut
Investigator, Employee Complaints

Justine is an Investigator for employee complaints in the IDHR Office. She investigates complaints as a neutral party and provides a written report of her findings. Born and raised in San Francisco, Justine earned an A.B. in Social Anthropology from Harvard and a J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. Prior to MIT, Justine served as the Deputy Director of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Investigations Center of Expertise, and investigated harassment cases during the #metoo era in Los Angeles’ entertainment industry. Justine is passionate about travel, French and Caribbean cooking, and live music. Her email is jplaut@mit.edu.

Vera Grbic
Communications Coordinator

Vera Grbic serves as the Communications Coordinator for IDHR where she strategizes outreach and promotes the office’s offerings to the MIT community. A communications professional of 10 years, Vera previously worked in government and non-profit sectors. She was with the Government of Canada for five years, including as a senior communications strategist with National Research Council Canada, the Government of Canada’s main research and technology organization. Vera also served as a publicist for two film festivals, including the renowned Toronto International Film Festival. Moving from Canada to the U.S., she was proud to join the Cambridge Women’s Center, fulfilling her long-time wish to uplift an organization that specializes in women’s empowerment and violence prevention; the experience at the Center especially prepared her for her role at IDHR. Vera earned her M.A. in Communication from Carleton University and B.A. in Communication and English Literature from the University of Ottawa. In her free time Vera is always ready to see a great art exhibit and film, or travel with friends. Email her at vgrbic@mit.edu.

 

Catherine Barrett
Administrative Assistant

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).

Naomi Carton

For Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Naomi Carton
Associate Dean, Graduate Student Support
Department of Residential Education
W59
617-253-6142
naomic@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

Kenneth Lloyd
Director of Human Resources and Administration
10-370
617-253-8919
kenlloyd@mit.edu

For Faculty

Elizabeth Lennox
Assistant Provost, Administration
1-206
617-253-7342
elennox@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

Ann E Warner-Harvey 
Assistant Dean
617-253-0049
awharvey@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 Schwarzman College of Computing

Diane Ramirez-Riley
Director of Human Resources
(617) 253-6822
dlrr@mit.edu