Meet the ICA Staff Team | Pepperdine University | Seaver College

Meet the ICA Staff Team

David L. Humphrey, Jr.
Associate Dean of Student Affairs for Diversity and Inclusion

David L. Humphrey Jr. currently serves as Associate Dean of Student Affairs for Diversity Inclusion at Pepperdine University, where he is charged with providing leadership and vision for programs and services that promote diversity, equity, and the inclusion of all students at Pepperdine University. David is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy from Ball State University (Muncie, IN) with research interests in hermeneutic philosophy, racial identity development (African American and Latino males), and critical pedagogy. David's work centers on disrupting deficit-based approaches to the work of diversity and inclusion, which position diversity as non-normative, exotic, and additive. Our ultimate goal is to foster intercultural spaces of mutual discovery, transformation, and identity expansion. This approach will value narrative and story telling as a powerful tool in interrogating and disrupting harmful spaces of silence and oppression, replacing spaces of silence and oppression with an infrastructure of care and inclusivity that honors and affirms all students and staff within Student Affairs. David earned a MA in Educational Studies (Higher Ed) from Eastern Michigan University, a MDiv from Liberty University, and a BA in Psychology from Alabama A&M University.

Dr. Kari Bolen
Director, Intercultural Affairs 

As a two time graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) with a Masters and Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Administration. Kari has served as a Student Affairs professional for more than 15 years. Her experiences in student activities, disability services, housing and residential life, alumni affairs and multicultural affairs has contributed to her passion for serving a diverse body of students. As Director for Intercultural Affairs; Kari looks forward to advancing the University's goal to "increase institutional diversity consistent with its mission," through strategic intercultural programming that promotes fellowship, community, and collaboration.

Jean Michel Habineza
Graduate Programming Advisor

Jean Michel is a graduate student from Rwanda. Jean Michel has been involved in the work of reconciliation in Rwanda for the past 10 years and believes that racial reconciliation is the hardest yet the most fulfilling endeavor. Jean Michel is currently pursuing his masters at GSEP in social Entrepreneurship and Change.

Jimesa Coxsey
Graduate Programming Advisor

Jimesa graduated from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. During her time as an undergrad, she was involved in a variety on campus groups and organizations including Housing and Residence Life, the Pepperdine Step Team, and Intercultural Affairs where she worked as a student intern in her senior year. Now working as a Graduate Programming Advisor for Intercultural Affairs, Jimesa feels "the work that is done in this department is essential to acknowledging and respecting the beauty in the diversity among us and the unique perspectives, influences, and experiences that make up every individual." Currently, she is pursuing a master's degree in School Psychology at Loyola Marymount University.

Rmani Crawford
Graduate Programming Advisor

A native of Rochester, NY, Rmani graduated with a B.A. in Rhetoric and Leadership from Pepperdine University. He is currently enrolled in a joint degree program at his alma mater, pursuing both a J.D. and a Master's of Divinity. He is an assistant preaching minister at the Camarillo Church of Christ and a Worship minister at the University Church of Christ. He believes the work of Diversity is important because of his understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For me, to do the work of diversity is to strive to be more like Christ, thus in some small way advancing his purposes and ultimately his kingdom.