Bootcamp 2019 Recap


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CoopLew recently concluded its 2nd Annual Bootcamp. We more than doubled the overall number of speakers, participants and guests as we responded to requests made in our 2018 evaluations. The diversity of those present represented 16 states, 10 public universities, 8 private universities, 1 non-profit, and 1 national organization. What a great turnout and what a great cross-section of exchanges and fun!

The Bootcamp also featured three new skill sessions, which were a result from last year’s participant feedback. It was a delight to watch cutting-edge presentations that further advanced participants’ capacity to address political navigation, strategic planning, and data management challenges. We also split into groups during our edutainment exercise to learn how people process information against time constraints.

We continue to thank our national media sponsor, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, for coverage of CoopLew events and activities. We also want to thank our national institution host, the University of Indianapolis, for their ongoing support of the CoopLew Bootcamp. We want to especially thank Sean Huddleston, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion for agreeing to host the CoopLew Bootcamp during his last year as CDO at UIndy.

Look below at highlights from this year’s Camp.

2019 Bootcamp Highlights:

  • Victor Borden, Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs at Indiana University presented powerful components of data management philosophy and practice.

  • Ron Huggins, Director of Financial Systems at the University of Delaware provided a budget management exercise that revealed profound differences between concepts of budget and finance.

  • Drs. Coopwood and Lewis, CoopLew Founders, revealed how the CoopLew data are still very representative of CDO lived-experiences and how paradigm shifts are achieved by asking and addressing edgy questions.

  • Dr. Steve Michael, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost at Charles R. Drew University in Los Angeles, CA, revealed an approach to strategic planning that left participants bright-eyed and loaded with tools to transform the functionality of their offices.

  • Dr. Joan Holmes, retired Special Assistant to the President for Equity and Special Programs at Hillsborough Community College (HCC), tested the savvy of participants as she raised the bar for CDOs regarding navigation of political terrain in higher education.

  • States represented at the 2019 Bootcamp: California – Connecticut – Delaware – Georgia – Florida – Illinois – Indiana – Maryland – Massachusetts – Michigan – Minnesota - New York – Pennsylvania – Rhode Island – Virginia – Washington, DC

  • Dr. Coopwood announced that Sean Huddelston, CoopLew Host CDO, (Dr. Huddelston, May 2019) will become the 6th president of Martin University, Indiana’s only Historically Black University. Sean was instrumental in securing UIndy as a national site for CoopLew events. He will continue to support CoopLew at UIndy in 2020 and beyond.


The success of the CoopLew Bootcamp continues to grow as cohorts increase in number and diversity! Join us in February 2020 at UIndy! Meanwhile, please enjoy pictures from this years’ experience.



Tiffany G. Townsend, PhD
Chief Diversity Officer
Augusta University

"I began working in the diversity area several years ago, directing an office focused on race relations in a non-profit organization. Over the course of my tenure with the organization, I was given progressively more leadership responsibility for broad diversity issues. I learned about CoopLew’s Chief Diversity Officer Bootcamp through a colleague and thought it would provide foundational training for me as I continued to work in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) space. I subsequently attended the 2nd Annual CDO Bootcamp in the Winter of 2019 and was not disappointed! Bootcamp presenters included prominent leaders in DEI, and many were pioneering CDOs. I left the experiential Bootcamp with not only the practical skills to effectively and efficiently complete my work, but I also gained the confidence to pursue a CDO position. Much of this confidence resulted from the strong guidance and mentoring provided by the CoopLew Leadership Team. It’s clear that they are invested in the success of the Bootcamp participants. In fact, Dr. Ken Coopwood agreed to serve as my individual mentor. He worked with me on my resume, coached me through my interviews and was readily accessible as I navigated the negotiation process. I am happy to report that six months later, I am now the Chief Diversity Officer at Augusta University and I know this is due in large part to Ken’s tutelage! Definitely consider attending one of the CoopLew training's. Once you do, you will join a very close-knit community that is personally invested in your success."

Tiffany G. Townsend, PhD
Chief Diversity Officer
Augusta University