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
Dr. Carlos N. Medina is the Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the State University of New York (SUNY). He serves as the founding Chief Diversity Officer at SUNY, the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the nation. Since August 2011, Medina has 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 provides leadership and strategic direction to SUNY campuses in connection with the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and administrators who come from groups within our society that are underrepresented in higher education and in SUNY. He served as co-chair of the SUNY-wide Diversity Task Force leading the charge of identifying new ways in which the System’s diversity can be increased to better reflect and be aligned with that of New York State. This resulted in SUNY adopting a sweeping policy on diversity, equity and inclusion arguably the only one of its kind in the country.
He is also a member of the Chancellor’s cabinet assisting with strategic planning leading to implementation of SUNY-wide policies and initiatives.
He has worked tirelessly to strengthen the intersections between diversity and academic excellence, including spearheading statewide STEM conferences in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 and co-sponsoring statewide diversity conferences on a biennial basis with the University Faculty Senate. He continues to be directly responsible for overseeing the implementation and management of various programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels dedicated to serving underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students, faculty, and staff, and promoting inclusion, student success and excellence throughout the University.
As a result of Medina’s leadership, SUNY has received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 from Insight into Diversity Magazine, one of the oldest diversity publications to cover higher education nationally. Recently, he was named as a recipient of the 2016 Public Service Award by the Suffolk County Martin Luther King Jr. Commission. He also received the NYS Assembly Citation for Community Service as well as the 2014 Diversity Visionary Award also given by Insight into Diversity Magazine, in recognition of his outstanding contributions in diversity and inclusion in higher education. He has more than 30 years of progressive responsibility in state government and higher education with proven experience in leadership, management and staff development. He currently serves as a regional representative for APLU’s Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence (CADE) and was recently named a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). He represents SUNY on the Hispanic Advisory Council for TIAA and on the editorial Board for Insight Into Diversity Magazine. 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
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.
As Special Assistant to the President, she was responsible for resolving, responding and assessing all student, staff and faculty equity complaints at HCC, which consists of five campuses with more than 46,000 students. 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 responsible for creating a HOPE Scholars Program (minority male program) that significantly increased retention, graduation and four-year college transfer rates. She also elevated the HCC sponsored Black, Brown and College Bound (BBCB) National Summit to national prominence.
Prior to her position, she served as Assistant Dean of the Graduate School at The University of South Florida (USF) for Diversity and Student Services. During her 23-year tenure at USF, she established expertise in creating and directing student retention and scholar programs for disadvantaged and underrepresented students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She authored eleven federal grants focused on these student populations valued at over $10 million. She also served as an Adjunct Professor at USF in Africana Studies. Dr. Holmes received numerous awards for implementing successful programs that produced high retention and completion rates of underrepresented student populations in programs (e.g.) TRIO, USF & NIH funded.
Dr. Holmes is a member of many national and local boards with diversity initiatives. She was electedto the National Association of Diversity Officer in Higher Education (NADOHE) during 2010-2016; serves on the Sickle Cell Anemia Board of Tampa Bay; Minority Health Advisory Foundation Board of Tampa; and UNCF Tampa Bay Leadership Council. Under Dr. Holmes’s leadership, HCC was awarded the 2017 AACC Advancing Diversity Award based on the success of the HOPE Scholars Program and BBCB Summit. Those programs also were awarded finalist in the 2017 Community College Futures Assembly National Bellwether Awards. She authored a chapter, “Cutting- Edge Models for Best Practice,” in the 2017 edition entitled, Overcoming Educational Racism in the Community College, edited by Angela Long. She also has been selected to present at second annual 2018 NADOHE CDO Institute held in June, Title: Politics of CDO in Higher Education.
Dr. Holmes served formerly as a tenure-track professor in Education at Spelman College and Kennesaw State University, located in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1977 to 1987. She also is an adjunct professor at University of South Florida in Africana Studies. 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
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 roadmap for the functional accounting and reporting departments: Finance, Payroll, Procurement, Student Billing and Grants. Ron previously served as Deputy Chief Budget Officer & University Budget Office Director, where he oversaw the daily functions of the UD Budget Office and facilitated the development and management of a $1.3 billion annual operating budget.
Prior to the University of Delaware, Ron held progressively responsible roles at Cornell University’s, Division of Budget and Planning. Major highlights during his time with Cornell included establishment of a cost containment and streamlining program to promote operational excellence; implementation of a university-wide budget management system and business intelligence-reporting platform for leadership strategic planning; and adoption of a responsibility center budget model methodology. Ron held additional financial and administrative posts at the City University of New York at Queens College, Stony Brook University and JP Morgan Chase.
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 has furthered his education and professional development training through nationally recognized programs like the AABHE Leadership and Mentoring Institute, EACUBO Administrative Management Institute, Cornell Harold D.
Craft Leadership Program and has received certifications in Financial Management of Sponsored Projects (Cornell University) and Project Management (University of Delaware). Ron builds on his life's mantra, “Creating opportunities for growth in organizations and people” through extensive community outreach. 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
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. Formerly, she served as Associate Provost for International-Multicultural Initiatives at Alliant International University, as Professor and Coordinator of the Multicultural Community-Clinical Psychology Emphasis Area at the California School of Professional Psychology, and as Director of the student counseling center at The Claremont Colleges. 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.