Meet the Team
Bernadette Gonzaque Robért
Associate vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion
Title IX coordinator
Mount Saint Mary’s University
Bernadette Robért, an alumna of Mount Saint Mary’s, is the associate vice president for diversity and inclusion at the University, and also serves as the school’s Title IX coordinator. During her 35-year tenure at the University, Robért has served in a variety of roles, including as director of admissions & college relations; assistant dean for the Associate in Arts program; and assistant vice president for student affairs and community engagement. She has also served on numerous Mount Saint Mary’s committees, along with overseeing the University’s Diversity Task Force and the Mount Community Assault Response Education Support team, and as a member the CSJ Institute.
In collaboration with internal and external partners, Robért has established a myriad of outreach programs and assisted with securing grants to serve the youth of Los Angeles. She helped establish the Student Ambassador program over 25 years ago, which remains the University’s flagship program for enabling Mount students to mentor middle school and high school students, serving thousands of youth and their families annually in support of their pursuit of a college education.
Prior to her tenure with Mount Saint Mary’s, Robért served as director of marketing for an international firm. Through the years, she has served in various capacities for countless boards of directors and advisors for nonprofit organizations and institutions across Southern California. Most recently, she co-founded the Southern California Title IX Coordinators’ Consortium.
Kari E. Bolen, EdD
Director, Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity Certified trainer
Mount Saint Mary’s University
Kari Bolen is the first director for diversity, equity and inclusion at Mount Saint Mary’s University. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Immediately after, she worked as a program director for the Student Activities office at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. Later, Bolen earned her master’s of education at USC, where she also worked as a residence director and disability services counselor. She continued working full time as assistant director for the Black Alumni Association while completing her doctorate in higher education with a concentration in student development in May of 2010.
In the fall of 2011, Bolen continued her work as a scholar practioner at Pepperdine University as the director of intercultural affairs. After serving that community for six years, she came to Mount Saint Mary’s in October 2017. As director of the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion here, Bolen’s goal is to foster intercultural spaces of mutual discovery, transformation and identity expansion. She is also a public speaker, and has presented her research at conferences and in published papers.