Meet the Vice Provost of DEI

El pagnier “EK” Hudson

​El pagnier “EK” Hudson is the Vice Provost of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and the Senior Vice President for the Division of Human Resources. As the Vice Provost of DEI, EK ensures that FIU’s dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion is reflected in the university’s research, educational, and public engagement efforts.

In 2020, EK was appointed to oversee the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. As such, she helps FIU achieve excellence and strengthen commitment to the university’s diverse community both on and off-campus. In this role, EK provides strategic leadership and coordinates university-wide efforts involving faculty, staff, students, and the wider university community.

EK came to FIU in 2010 as Assistant Vice President for Human Resources. She was named interim Vice President of Human Resources in 2018 and permanently appointed Senior Vice President in 2019. In that role, she oversees the full complement of HR disciplines. This includes employee and labor relations, employee engagement initiatives, and the Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Accessibility.

In 2020, EK led FIU’s anti-racism efforts via the Equity Action Initiative (EAI) in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and other incidents of racial injustice.

With more than 28 years of experience in the HR field, EK currently serves as a board member for the Florida Chapter of the College and University Professional Association (CUPA-HR). She is a past chair for the College and University HR Executives (CUHRE) Consortium. She serves as an executive board member to lead urban/community growth with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and recently joined the Board of Opportunities Industrialization Centers (OIC) of South Florida.

EK 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. She and her husband, Winston G. Hudson, have three daughters – two of them FIU graduate students – and three grandchildren.

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