Bernadette Gonzaque Robert - Our Founding Director
Over her 35-year tenure at the Mount, Bernadette “Bernie” Gonzaque Robert (1957 - 2021) served in a variety of leadership roles, including: director of admissions & college relations; assistant dean for the Associate in Arts program; and assistant vice president for student affairs and community engagement. She served on numerous University committees, along with overseeing the University’s Diversity Task Force, the Mount Community Assault Response Education Support team, and co-chaired the 2021-2026 Strategic Plan Committee.
In her role as Associate Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Justice, she established the Center and launched several initiatives and programs to foster diversity and inclusion on our campuses. Her work will continue through the Center and the University’s commitment to becoming an anti-racist community.
Bernie served on the board of several community organizations and initiatives, including the Archdiocese Youth Employment Programs, The Children Youth Family Collaborative Foster Care Agency, Alexandria House, and The Housing Authority for the City of Los Angeles, among others. She has received recognitions and awards from the YWCA, the Mayor’s Office, the US Departments of Education and Justice, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the University’s highest honor, the Carondelet Medal in 2018.
As a student at the Mount, Bernie received numerous awards and was a member of the first cohort for the Mount’s Women’s Leadership Program. Bernie was a friend to all people and touched many lives with her love, kindness, deep faith and compassion.