CoopLew Associates 

CoopLew Associates (CLAs) are past and present administrators, faculty and staff whose work in higher education has been/is aligned with CoopLew’s core principles (disruptive paradigm shifts, career-long support, truth through lived-experiences and transformative leadership). CLAs serve as representatives of CoopLew’s core principals regarding transformative diversity leadership.

CLAs may be called upon to provide consulting services on behalf of CoopLew to provide individual and institutional development activities (professional development consulting, university audits and thought leadership), accent CoopLew messages to the public, endorse specific CoopLew activities, and appear in CoopLew media materials as symbols of excellence and historical significance.

CLAs are independent consultants and are neither officer-level spokespersons nor do they hold a financial stake in CoopLew undertakings. However, their individual and collective representations are part of a growing and national CoopLew repertoire that provides exponential opportunity to CLAs and value to institutions seeking such a pool of expertise. 


Dr. Carlos N. Medina 

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Dr. Carlos N. Medina, former Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the State University of New York (SUNY). He served as the founding Chief Diversity Officer at SUNY, the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the nation.  Since August 2011, Medina had led SUNY’s efforts in promoting and advancing the University’s diversity goals and ensuring that they are properly captured within all university policies and procedures. He served as a regional representative for APLU’s Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence (CADE) and was named a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). He earned his BSE from SUNY Cortland, his MPS from Cornell University, and his Doctorate in Education from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. He is a member of Kappa Delta Pi.


Dr. Joan Holmes 

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Dr. Joan Holmes, who has recently retired, served as Special Assistant to the President for Equity and Special Programs at Hillsborough Community College (HCC), located in Tampa, Florida, since 2009. Her Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) role included diversity training and assessment; faculty/staff recruitment and hiring assessment; oversight of college-wide diversity programs and projects; and provided overall diversity leadership for the college. Dr. Holmes was elected to the National Association of Diversity Officer in Higher Education (NADOHE) during 2010-2016.

She earned her Doctor of Education from Ball State University in Educational Leadership and Curriculum and her Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina A&T State University.


Mr. Ron Huggins 

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Mr. Ron Huggins, a seasoned higher education professional, is Director of Financial Systems at the University of Delaware (UD). In this capacity, he serves as the business interface between the central IT and Finance divisions, to revamp and lead the Financial System integration strategic road map for the functional accounting and reporting departments: Finance, Payroll, Procurement, Student Billing and Grants.

Ron is a three-time alumnus of Stony Brook University, having earned a BS in Applied Mathematics & Statistics, MA with a concentration in Operations Research and MS in Management & Policy. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Network for Continuous Change and Innovation in Higher Education (NCCI), Board and Finance Committee for the Ithaca Childcare Community Center, a member of the National Association of College & University Business Officers (NACUBO), along with several local and regional associations.


Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden 

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Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden served as the first Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President at the University of Maryland, College Park from 2012 to 2016. She is a Licensed Psychologist and the co-author of Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America, a winner of the 2004 American Book Awards. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, she is a thought leader with respect to equity, diversity and inclusion.  A Washington, DC native, Kumea was one of two Black girls to integrate The Madeira School in Northern Virginia. She earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Princeton University with its first class of women and a Ph.D. in Clinical/Community Psychology from the University of Maryland. 

She is currently the Principal at Shorter-Gooden Consulting in Washington, DC.