Stephanie L. Sanders is the Ford School's first diversity, equity, and inclusion officer. Sanders was most recently the associate director of diversity initiatives at Old Dominion University. Through the lens of critical race theory, Sanders' research agenda examines students who transition from urban environments to rural, predominantly white, college environments. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of School Leadership, the American Journal of Health Research, IGI Global and Nova Science Publishers. As a practitioner and scholar, she is interested in pipeline initiatives, urban education, and diversity in higher education. She received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Ohio University and her master's and bachelor's degrees, in speech-language-hearing science, from the University of Central Arkansas. Previously, Sanders served as assistant director for diversity and inclusion at Ohio University.