11:57 AM

UHD Names New Director of the Center for Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The University is proud to announce John Hudson, former assistant professor of English at UHD, as the new director of the Center for Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

UHD recently created this position as recommended by the Diversity and Equity Advisory Council, appointed by President Bill Flores in fall 2012. Hudson has served on this committee since its inception, and has played an integral role in the ongoing development of a comprehensive diversity plan for the University.

A champion of equality for all students, Hudson is leading the development of a UHD campus climate survey to gather critical data about students' perceptions of diversity, equity and inclusion on campus. This feedback will be critical to the committee's work in crafting a diversity plan specifically tailored to UHD.

For the past four years, Hudson has served as the chair of the UHD Safe Zone program, which is committed to combatting homophobia and heterosexism on campus. He also has served as faculty advisor for several student LGBT organizations since 2008, including the current Safe Zone student organization.

"I am honored and excited to assume this important new role at UHD," said Hudson. "I thoroughly enjoy working with students, faculty and staff in creating the most inclusive and welcoming atmosphere possible on our campus. I care deeply about the University's goals for this new position and look forward to enhancing the support and opportunities for all individuals at UHD."

In his new position, Hudson will assess programmatic needs that support diversity and social justice; provide leadership for the Center for Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion that fosters a supportive and inclusive environment for all students; and oversee diversity trainings, mentoring, outreach and advocacy. He also will play an active role in the recruitment and retention of students associated with Center and diversity initiatives and advise Safe Zone and other diversity related student organizations.

"Dr. Hudson's commitment to diversity and the success of all students, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation, is a tremendous strength for UHD," said Flores. "I am confident that his leadership in this significant position will greatly enhance our diversity initiatives and further extend UHD's reputation as one of the most diverse universities in the nation."

Hudson has served as the head coach of UHD's award-winning powerlifting team since 2007 and recently was a finalist for the 2012-2013 Excellence in Service faculty award.