Hikaru KozumaHouse Fellow
Hikaru (Karu) Kozuma is the Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from New York City, Karu attended Middlebury College, majoring in English and minoring in American History. Upon graduation, Karu worked for Middlebury for three years, serving as a resident director and the housing director. In 2001, he attended Harvard¹s Graduate School of Education and received his master of education in higher education administration. In 2002, Karu returned to New York to join the Columbia University student affairs staff and worked in the Office of Residential Programs. He served in several different roles within the department, including director before joining Penn's staff in 2010. He earned his doctorate of education from Penn¹s Graduate School of Education in 2015, focusing his research on critical race theory, coalition building, and student engagement and empowerment.
In his role as Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs, he oversee nine departments: Alcohol and Other Drugs Program Initiatives, Civic House, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Platt Student Performing Art House, the Office of Student Affairs, the LGBT Center, Student Intervention Services, the Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Education, and the Penn Women's Center.
He lives with his partner, Stephanie Nixon, and their half Beagle, half Australian Shepherd, Cleo. He, Stephanie, and Cleo are looking forward to getting to know all the residents of the Rodin community!