S. Daniel Carter has been at the forefront of advancing campus safety and victims’ rights nationally for over 25 years. He began his career as a student activist at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, inspired to get involved after an on-campus murder. Upon graduation in 1994 with a B.A. in Political Science, Carter went to work for the non-profit Security On Campus, Inc. (SOC, now the Clery Center). While at the Clery Center he worked on public policy, developed a national victims’ advocacy program to serve the unique needs of campus crime victims, and in 2005 began development of the first multi-disciplinary Jeanne Clery Act training program. During his tenure there through 2012, Carter led the training program, and personally trained more than 2,000 college and university officials.
In 2008, Carter was recognized on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives as “the leading person in this Nation in advocating more action and tougher action against crimes that are committed on campus.” He also received the first Jeanne Clery Campus Safety Award in 1994 from SOC for doing “extraordinary things to make college and university students safer.” From 2010 to 2013, Carter spearheaded an unprecedented collaboration among advocates, campus sexual violence survivors, activists and higher education practitioners to develop the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, or Campus SaVE Act which was enacted in 2013. In total, he has helped develop, draft, secure passage of, and implement through regulations seven major pieces of federal campus safety legislation.
From 2012 to 2015, Carter served as the Director of the VTV Family Outreach Foundation’s 32 National Campus Safety Initiative (32 NCSI) developing a robust self-assessment tool that colleges and universities can use to conduct an objective analysis of a full range of institutional safety and security facilities, policies, and procedures. He also served as a Founding Board member of the not-for-profit SurvJustice from 2014 to 2017. Currently he is President of Safety Advisors for Educational Campuses, LLC. Additionally, Carter is widely recognized as a public speaker on campus safety issues at conferences, and in the national media, such as CBS Evening News, MSNBC, NPR, and Time Magazine.