About the Director
The UHD Center for Diversity & Inclusion is under the direction of Dr. John Hudson. Dr. Hudson is best known at UHD as “Coach” Hudson for his efforts in building and coaching UHD Powerlifting, the powerlifting club of the University of Houston-Downtown. UHD Powerlifting has become a national power in collegiate powerlifting and has made UHD a destination of choice for top high school powerlifters across the state of Texas. As much as he loves coaching, Dr. Hudson has even greater enthusiasm for building an ever-more inclusive and equitable UHD campus community that celebrates diversity and fosters a shared passion for social justice. Dr. Hudson has expertise in the operation and function of various forms of structural and social oppression, and has published articles and given numerous conference presentations on confronting and interrupting homophobia and heterosexism, especially in the college classroom. A native or Petoskey, Michigan--a small Lake Michigan town near the tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula--Dr. Hudson earned a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies and a Master of Arts in English from the University of North Dakota, and a Ph.D. in English with a Concentration in Writing Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Hudson’s doctoral work focused on the perceptions of LGBTQ students on LGBTQ representation in textbooks, particularly English composition readers. Between his Masters and Doctoral degrees, Dr. Hudson spent six years teaching at Korea University-Seochang Campus in Jochiwon, South Korea from 1993 to 1999. Dr. Hudson has competed in the sport of powerlifting for 35 years. In that time, he has won 3 World Championships and 7 National Championships, has won 9 prestigious “Best Lifter” awards, and has set one World Record, 4 National Records, and some 30 State Records. He has the distinction of being one of only two men in the history of the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters who have successfully completed a “double 700”--lifts of 700 pounds or more in both the bench press (700.8) and the deadlift (727.5)--while passing a drug test. As Head Coach of UHD Powerlifting, he has led the team to an overall record of 126-26--an .829 winning percentage--since starting the team in 2007. In his coaching career, he has coached 52 national champions and 46 world champions.