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, Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity-certified trainer
Mount Saint Mary’s University
As a two-time graduate of the University of Southern California with a Master's and Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration, Kari Bolen, EdD, has served as a Student Affairs professional for more than 17 years. Her experiences in student activities, disability services, housing and residential life, alumni affairs and multicultural affairs have contributed to her passion for serving a diverse body of students. Her areas of research include: racial identity development, diversity, college student experiences, critical pedagogy and learning. Bolen’s work has centered on creating communities of care and inclusivity that honor and affirm all students, staff and faculty.
As director for diversity, equity and inclusion, Bolen is charged with the responsibility to provide leadership and vision for programs and services that promote diversity, equity and inclusion of all members of the Mount community. She looks forward to advancing the University's goal to increase institutional diversity consistent with its mission, through strategic intercultural programming that promotes fellowship, mutual discovery, community and transformation.
Mount Saint Mary's University
Megan Staudenraus is the program manager for The Lotus Initiative, a project supported by the Department of Justice Office for Violence Against Women campus grant awarded to Mount Saint Mary’s University in 2017. Staudenraus graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. After college she served with AmeriCorps, facilitating a public education course about youth mental health practical supports and interventions for professionals working with transitional aged youth. Following her AmeriCorps service term, she continued to work for her host organization, the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council. As the Council's implementation specialist, she oversaw the statewide coordination of the mental health public education course, and managed multiple grant funding streams supporting the education initiative.
After moving to Los Angeles, Staudenraus worked as the program manager for a start-up nonprofit called Survivors Speak. There, she coordinated statewide trainings primarily for social workers and probation officers on the reintegration of commercially sexually exploited children. Staudenraus came to the Mount in March 2018 eager to support an education initiative focused on reducing sexual violence, an issue she cares about dearly. Through the initiative she hopes to reduce stigma and increase understanding of the complex issues surrounding sexual violence, increase community empowerment to take action and ultimately help our community lead healthy, violence-free lives.