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Staff

EEOO offices are located in the Baker Building at the corner of 21st Ave. S and Terrace Place. 

Suite 975 
Anita J. Jenious, Director:  Ms. Jenious has administrative oversight for all activities of Vanderbilt’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action program including the affirmative action plan, complaint investigation and resolution, disability and religious accommodations. She graduated from Vanderbilt with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology.  She earned her J.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and completed further study at Bryn Mawr. She has also held administrative positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Tennessee State University.

Sandra E. Keith, Associate Director:  Sandra manages investigations and resolves complaints of discrimination, harassment, and related retaliation within the institution.  She also facilitates training, processes reasonable accommodation requests for religious reasons, and provides consultation on related topics.  Sandra received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Florida.  Prior to joining EEOO, Sandra worked as the Director of Equity, Diversity, and Compliance at Tennessee State University.  She has also worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Tennessee.

D. Michael Carter, Compliance Manager:  As EEOO’s Compliance Manager, Michael investigates complaints of prohibited discrimination and is responsible for putting together the university's annual affirmative action plan.  Michael also trains faculty and staff on issues pertaining to diversity. Michael holds a B.A. in Psychology from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.  Prior to joining EEOO, he worked as a Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands  and as a staff attorney at the Disability Law & Advocacy Center of Tennessee. 

Kristi Penton, Office Manager: Kristi is typically the first point of contact for the office. She conducts initial interviews regarding potential violations of Vanderbilt’s EEO/AA and Anti-Harassment policies or other issues of unlawful discrimination and coordinates calendars of the Director and Associate Director. Prior to joining EEOO, she worked for Metro Davidson County Schools.