Meet the Vice Provost for DEI

El pagnier “EK” Hudson

Photo of El pagnier “EK” Hudson, the Vice Provost for DEI

El pagnier Kay “EK” Hudson serves as FIU’s first vice provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, appointed in September 2020. As inaugural Vice Provost of DEI, she is responsible for leading efforts to cultivate enhanced diversity and inclusion systems for the university, including oversight in matters associated with Civil Rights Compliance and Accessibility.

Hudson, who was also promoted to the position of senior vice president for Human Resources, led FIU’s anti-racism efforts through the Equity Action Initiative (EAI), in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and other incidents of racial injustice. University leadership commissioned the EAI in the summer of 2020 to identify issues of systemic racism, bias, and inequity at FIU and provide actionable steps to eradicate them. That work evolved into the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Hudson said one of her new division’s first projects will be to craft a strategy and timeline for implementing the EAI recommendations. Areas of focus, based on the EAI review, include increasing the number of tenured Black faculty and Black employees in leadership positions, enhancing the African & African Diaspora program, improving recruitment and retention of Black students and additional police training.

“I am both excited and humbled by the incredible opportunity to lead the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion division for FIU,” Hudson said. “The creation of this division demonstrates the commitment and courage of our university leadership to make sure that everyone is included, everyone is considered and that the playing field is level.”

Hudson came to FIU in 2010 as assistant vice president for Human Resources. She was named interim vice president of Human Resources in 2018 and appointed Vice President in 2019. In that role, she oversees the full complement of HR disciplines that include employee and labor relations, employee engagement initiatives, Talent Acquisition and Management, and Compensation and Benefits.

With more than 30 years of experience in the HR field, Hudson currently serves as an at-large board member for the National Office of the College and University Professional Association (CUPA-HR). She is a past-chair for the College and University HR Executives (CUHRE) Consortium, serves as an executive board member to lead urban/community growth with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the Board of Opportunities Industrialization Centers (OIC) of South Florida.

Hudson grew up in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood and graduated from Miami Northwestern Senior High School. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida A&M University. Hudson, who lives in Delray Beach with her husband Winston G. Hudson, is the mother of three daughters – one, an FIU alum, another an FIU graduate student, and the other, an FIU employee – and has three grandchildren.

Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Emmanuele Bowles, Ed.D.

    Emmanuele Bowles, Ed.D.
    Assistant Vice Provost for DEI

  • Ana M. Moreyra

    Ana M. Moreyra
    Senior Executive Assistant

  • Mario Lewis, Ph.D

    Mario Lewis, Ph.D
    Assistant Director, Education and Learning

  • Jackie Barba

    Jackie Barba
    Budget Director

  • Laura Lopez Ramos

    Laura Lopez Ramos
    Assistant Director, Marketing and Communications

  • Trina Fletcher, Ph.D.

    Trina Fletcher, Ph.D.
    DEI Faculty Fellow; Assistant Professor, SUCCEED, College of Engineering and Computing

  • Jay P. Jefferson, Ph.D.

    Jay P. Jefferson, Ph.D.
    Data Analyst

  • Tait D. Brooks

    Tait D. Brooks
    Assistant Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Jeffrey Biondi

    Jeffrey Biondi
    Assistant Data Analyst

  • Erica Caton, Ph.D.

    Erica Caton, Ph.D.
    DEI Faculty Fellow; Director, Educational and Faculty Development, Center for Advancement of Teaching (CAT)

  • Ashney Francis

    Ashney Francis
    Program Coordinator

Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Accessibility

  • Ryan M. Kelley, J.D.

    Ryan M. Kelley, J.D.
    Senior Director, Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Accessibility; Title IX Coordinator

  • Jacqueline Moise Gibbs

    Jacqueline Moise Gibbs
    Assistant Director, Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Accessibility

  • Christopher Chamorro

    Christopher Chamorro
    Equal Opportunity Program Specialist, Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Accessibility

  • Shelby Williams

    Shelby Williams
    Title IX, EEO Investigator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Accessibility

  • Caridad Coll

    Caridad Coll
    Associate, Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Accessibility

  • Zakiya Thornhill

    Zakiya Thornhill
    Title IX, EEO Investigator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Accessibility

  • Nina Powell

    Nina Powell
    Title IX, EEO Investigator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Accessibility

DEI Advocates

Advancing the mission of FIU takes all members of the community. Embracing and advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core institutional values and priorities which are consistent with our mission. Our educational experience promotes diversity both compositionally and intellectually across the entire enterprise. As such it facilitates a more inclusive, engaged, and welcoming campus. Our DEI Advocates are responsible for taking leadership on matters of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging within their colleges, school, or divisions, assisting deans and/or vice presidents in meeting their DEI goals, throughout the university, in ways that align with the university’s institutional goals.

 

Current DEI Advocates

College of Business
Mallika Sharan, Data Analyst III

College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts
Juliette Saint Louis, Academic Advisor III

Enrollment Services
Andrea Jay, Director, OneStop

University Advancement and FIU Foundation
Carolyn Jackson, Executive Director, HR Strategy

University Police Department
Captain Delrish Moss

Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs
Carleen Vincent, Assistant Dean and Teaching Professor

College of Law
Julia Janewa Osei-Tutu, J.D.
Associate Dean for Diversity, Culture & Inclusion and Professor of Law