Office of Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity : Diversity and Equity Unit : University of Vermont

Preventing Sexual Harassment and Bias Training

In partnership with Professional Development and Training, the AAEO Office provides training for staff and faculty at UVM. Trainings are hosted in-person on a biweekly basis in Billings 165. All new employees are signed up for training at New Employee Orientation. Current employees can find the course schedule and information on how to register at the Professional Development and Training website.


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Contact Us

428 Waterman Building
Burlington, VT 05405

P: (802) 656-3368
F: (802) 656-8223

AA/EO Staff Members

Jes Kraus


Jes leads and oversees all of the AAEO Office's functions, including recruitment and compliance programs. Before joining the staff at UVM in 2011, Jes worked as the director of the Vermont State Employees Association, practiced as an attorney, and served as a police officer. He earned a BS in Government from the US Coastguard Academy and a Juris Doctor (cum laude) from Vermont Law School.


Yolanda Jordan

Case Assistant

Yolanda P. Jordan is the Case Assistant for the office of Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity at the University of Vermont. Yolanda is responsible for data reporting, coordinating and tracking cases related to complaints of discrimination and sexual misconduct, and assisting in the creation of compliance materials related to cases and trainings.  Additionally, Yolanda performs multifaceted office management functions to include administrative, financial, and training/program support, and support for collective bargaining and AAEO investigations.

Yolanda is very involved in the community. She has chaired the logistics committee for the University of Vermont Women of Color Retreat and she serves as a Trustee at New Alpha Missionary Baptist Church in the greater Burlington area. She is passionate about the subjects of diversity and equality, and strongly believes in treating people fairly.


Courtney Cioffredi

ADA Coordinator

Courtney coordinates faculty and staff accommodation requests under the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADA or ADAA) and works on larger campus initiatives for ADAA compliance. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Mount Holyoke College, her Masters of Science in Higher Education at Drexel University, and her Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law.


Kate Spence


Kate investigates complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment, and Title IX violations according to the AAEO Office's Procedures for Investigating and Resolving Discrimination Complaints.


Nick Stanton

AA/EO Compliance Investigator

Nick investigates complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment, and Title IX violations within the UVM community.  Prior to his work at UVM, Nick practiced law in a variety of settings, focusing on civil rights, employment, and municipal law.  He received a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Johnson State College and a J.D. from Vermont Law School. 


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