Ariana Alvarez, Director of the Title IX & Sexual Harassment Policy Compliance Office (Title IX) and Title IX Officer, is responsible for oversight of campus activities designed to implement, expand on, and ensure full compliance with Title IX and all related State and local laws proscribing unwanted sexual contact, unsolicited sexual displays, speech, or other behaviors associated with evolving definitions of sexual violence and sexual harassment. Mx. Alvarez has worked in the UCSB Title IX Office for almost 10 years, and her experience includes over 20 years of practice in discrimination and harassment investigations, prevention education & training and testing in various industries including higher education, public accommodations, insurance, public housing, franchise investment and government employment. Mx. Alvarez oversees the functions of the Title IX Office units, department programming and administration and works with campus officials to update policies and procedures relevant to sexual harassment, sexual violence and Title IX compliance.
Deputy Title IX Officer & Lead Complaint Resolution Officer
Stephanie Yahyavi is the Deputy Title IX Officer and Lead Complaint Resolution Officer for the Title IX and Sexual Harassment Policy Compliance Office. Ms. Yahyavi is responsible for planning and conducting neutral, fact-finding investigations of complaints alleging harassment, discrimination and sexual violence. Ms. Yahyavi conducts intake interviews for the involved parties, in addition to conducting witness interviews. Ms. Yahyavi is responsible for preparing written findings at the completion of a University investigation. Ms. Yahyavi has been with the University since 2012, and has an extensive work history in relation to Title IX matters both in the Title IX Office and with campus partners in various departments. Ms. Yahyavi has attended multiple campus, systemwide, and national Title IX trainings. Ms. Yahyavi earned her Master’s in Counseling Psychology degree in 2013.
Brita Connelly is a Complaint Resolution Officer for the Title IX & Sexual Harassment Policy Compliance Office. Brita provides direct analytical, caseload management and complaint handling to support the Director/Title IX Officer and investigative staff. She serves as the primary contact and intake person for all initial reports of sexual harassment, sexual violence and Title IX concerns and complaints. She assists the Director/Title IX Officer and investigative staff in the complaint investigation process by procuring information, conducting initial outreach to complainants, if known, and upon response, assigning cases to the investigative staff for further review and response.
Rachel Conklin is a Compliance Training Officer for the Title IX & Sexual Harassment Policy Compliance Office (Title IX). In this role, Rachel manages the training efforts for Title IX. This includes tracking online compliance training for UCSB employees and graduate students and maintaining training records. She also creates and facilitates instructor-led supplemental training related to implicit bias, microaggressions in academic and work environments and procedural response overviews for responsible employees. Rachel is a certified trainer for the Gaucho Green Dot program on campus, a bystander intervention program aimed at preventing sexual violence in the UCSB community. Rachel has worked on campus for three years, and has engaged in campus and systemwide Title IX programming during this time. She earned her Master's in Public Health degree from San Diego State University, where she researched health equity and women's health, and her Bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley.
Tori Asato is the Response Team Coordinator for the Title IX & Sexual Harassment Policy Compliance Office. In this role, Ms. Asato coordinates the efforts of the Case Management Team as they relate to case management and sexual violence prevention and response. She is also a member of the Coordinated Committee Review Team, which is responsible for a campus collaborative approach to preventing and addressing sexual violence.