Truman Hudson, Jr.

Truman  Hudson, Jr.
Instructor and Outreach Specialist

225 Education Bldg.

Office Hours: By Appointment.


  • Doctor of Education - Metropolitan Education - The University of Michigan
  • Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies - Economic Dev. and Education - Wayne State University
  • Post Baccalaureate Certificate - Service Agency Administration - Wayne State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics - Development - Wayne State University


Dr. Truman Hudson, Jr. is a social economist who builds human, social, political, and economic capital in communities.

Truman has 30 years of experience in developing, implementing, researching and evaluating educational and community economic development projects. His efforts have produced over $968 million in resources for various projects.

A graduate of Murray Wright High (Detroit Public Schools), Hudson has led in various roles in higher education:

  • Contract Manager & HealthLink Specialist, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences
  • Instructor and Outreach Specialist, Wayne State University Teacher Education Division, College of Education;
  • Lecturer, The University of Michigan-Dearborn, Central Michigan University, Madonna University and Wayne County Community College District;
  • Director of Research & Development, BMe Network, Inc.; and
  • Director of Industry and Community Partnerships for the Center for Disparity Equity and Solutions, The University of Michigan-Dearborn.


Develop and deploy outreach and marketing initiatives targeted towards increasing students, alum, faculty and key stakeholders’ engagement in the Division of Teacher Education's (TED) programs, services and activities.

Academic Interests

With his pedagogical practice being rooted in place-based education, academic service learning, learning communities, and critical race theories, Hudson's academic interest include:

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Urban Education
  • Ecojustice Education
  • Community Based Education
  • Multicultural Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Community Based Research
  • Inequality/Disparity
  • Health Equity in Communities and Schools

Area Of Expertise

  • Health and Educational Equity 
  • Schools and Community Engagement/Partnerships
  • Resouce and Program Development
  • Organizational and Leadership Development
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Urban/Metropolitan Education

Research Interests

Hudson is interested in exploring students' voices and perspectives in school reform efforts; diversity, equity, access and inclusion in k-20; health equity; and the human capital argument specific to underrepresented populations.

Courses Taught

Hudson co-designed the inaugural courses for LGBTQ+ Studies and Education Initiative in the Division of Teacher Education at Wayne State University.

He has taught the following undergraduate and graduate courses at Wayne State University:

  • ED 5998 Sexualities, Intersectionalities, and Education
  • ED 5998 LGBTQ+ Policies, Politics and Education
  • NPS 3000 / ISP 5000 - Introduction to Nonprofit Sector Studies
  • NPS 3100 - Nonprofit Leadership
  • NPS 3500/ ISP 5550 - Management of Volunteer Programs
  • NPS 4200 / ISP 6200 - Grant Writing for Nonprofits
  • NPS 4450 - Program Planning & Evaluation
  • NPS 4500 - Internship / Leadership

Community Engagement Activities

As a longtime activist in the Detroit, Michigan area, Hudson has remained involved in community relations since his undergraduate years at Wayne State University. While attending Wayne State University Hudson coordinated volunteer and fundraising activities for Delta Sigma Pi, Professional Business Fraternity (Gamma Theta Chapter), Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity, Inc. (Nu Sigma Chapter), Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program, Michigan First Lego League, United Negro College Fund, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People - Wayne State Chapter.

Hudson is currently engaged in the following community activities:

  • Journal of Education - Peer Reviewer
  • Volunteers of America, Michigan - Board Member, Development & Communications Committee Chair
  • American Educational Studies Association - Member
  • Douglass Academy for Young Men PTA – Member 
  • Detroit International Academy for Young Women Pathway Advisory Council - Member
  • AARP Financial Security Team - Member


Selected Awards

  • Frederick Douglass Award - The New Metropolitan Detroit Club of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. (2019)
  • The Seed Award – Building Better Men (2019)
  • The Keeper of the Dream – Individuals Making Progressive Achievement and Continuous Transformation (2018)
  • The Made Man – 100 Black Men of America (2017)
  • 25 Year Service Award – International Leadership Conference Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (2017)
  • 2016 Men of Courage Award - Ford Motor Company Fund (2016)


Selected Grants

  • Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance. (2018). Developed youth leadership program for Cody Rouge Youth Council (Awarded $58,100).
  • YOUExplore Project. (2018).Through the support of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, working high school students and the leadership of Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance to co-design and implement a youth led social-entrepreneurial project (Awarded $25,000).
  • Blank Canvas Project. (2018). PI with a team of graduate, doctoral and high school students and community partners (LGBT Detroit, Izzie and Ford GLOBE) that co-designed a STEAM based leadership curriculum that supports the development of Black LGBTQ youth (Awarded $7,500 ).
  • I Am Black Genius. (2018). Designed culturally responsive asset based social engagement curriculum and delivered instruction to 30 sixth and seventh grade black male students - John R King Academics and Performing Arts Academy Detroit Public Schools Community District (Awarded $15,9444).
  • Saturday Scholars Sessions – Youth Exploration Day. (2018). Developed and coordinated career exploration program at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine for students who attended Detroit Cody Medicine & Community Health Academy. (Awarded $5,000).
  • My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Placement Site. (2016). Developed and secured research and capacity building grant (Awarded $108,600) - My Brother’s Keeper Alliance AmeriCorps VISTA Pilot Program – Washington DC


Selected Presentations

  • Hudson, Jr., T. (2019). Intersectionalities of Race, Sexualities and Education: An Asset Based Framework. 2019 Annual Gathering of Leaders. Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color – Detroit MI
  • Hudson, Jr., T. (2019). Asset-Based Student Success Framework: Building on Students' Gifts to Inform Instruction. Inaugural Black Male Retention & Success Conference. Henry Ford College – Dearborn MI
  • Hudson, Jr., T., Williams, G., Cole, K. and Murff, V. (2019). Disrupting Aging: Money and Love. AARP – Southfield MI
  • Hudson, Jr., T. (2018). Brotherhood Meet-Up. AARP – Detroit MI
  • Hudson, Jr., T., Bell, L. M., Brown, D., Mastroianni, A., McGhee, F., Morgan, K. and Williams, C. (2018). Blank Canvas STEAM and Leadership Development Curriculum for LGBTQ+ Youth. University of Michigan - Dearborn MI.
  • Hudson, Jr., T. (2018). Collective Impact Asset Mapping: Finding Solutions. The University of Michigan Detroit Center – Ann Arbor MI
  • Hudson, Jr., T. (2018). Fundraising Excellence in Nonprofits: Building Generational Wealth in Battle Creek. State Voices & Michigan Voices – Battle Creek MI
  • Hudson, Jr., T. (2018). Building Generational Wealth for Flyweights. Rumble Young Man Rumble. Campaign for Black Male Achievement – Detroit MI
  • Hudson, Jr., T., Daniels, M. Watkins, D., & Lee, Jr., A. W. (2018). Men and Their Money. AARP Michigan National Town Hall – Detroit MI
  • Hudson, Jr., T. (2018). Building on Our Collective Assets. Golightly Career and Technical Center National Technical Honors Society Induction Program. Detroit Public Schools Community District. Detroit MI
  • Hudson, Jr., T. (2018). Asset Based Community Building Branding. Public Allies Metro Detroit – Detroit MI
  • Hudson, Jr., T. (2018). Branding Community & You. Public Allies Metro Detroit – Detroit MI
  • Hudson, Jr., T. (2018). Reading Is Life. Great Start Collaborative National Reading Awareness. Nolan Elementary Detroit Public Schools Community District – Detroit MI
  • Hudson, Jr., T. (2018). The Social Entrepreneurial Nonprofit Leader. Dilla Youth Day 2018. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History– Detroit MI
  • Hudson, Jr., T. (2018). The African American Experience. EXPS 410 Multiculturalism in School and Society. Education Program. The University of Michigan Dearborn – Dearborn MI
  • Hudson, Jr., T. (2018). Special Programs and Services in Schools. EDB 586/786 Curriculum Deliberation and Development. Doctor of Education Program. The University of Michigan Dearborn – Dearborn MI
  • Hudson, Jr., T. (2018). Social Entrepreneurship in Community Building PA 5500 Nonprofit Organization Management. Oakland University Master of Public Administration Program – Rochester MI
  • Hudson, Jr., T. (2017). Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and In Fund Development. Association of Fundraising Professionals - Greater Detroit Chapter – Southfield MI
  • Hudson, Jr., T. (2017). Understanding An Asset Framework. Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - The University of Michigan – Detroit MI
  • Hudson, Jr., T. (2017). The Five W's: Equity Matters¿ Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - The University of Michigan – Detroit MI
  • Hudson, Jr., T. (2017). Education 8.0: What’s Next¿ - Wayne State University TechTown Detroit - Detroit MI


  • Hudson, Jr., T. (Forthcoming). Assets Devalued: The Flip Side of Gentrification. San Diego CA: Cognella Academic Publishing.
  • Hudson, Jr., T. (Forthcoming). The Flip Side of Gentrification: An Anthology. San Diego CA: Cognella Academic Publishing.
  • Hill, D. & Hudson, Jr., T. (Forthcoming). Equity in US K-12 and Higher Education. In Jornitz, S. and Parreira do Amaral, M. (Eds.). Global Education Systems: The Education System of the Americas. Gewerbestrasse, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
  • Hemphill, D. M. (2018). Words of Encouragement. In T. Hudson, Jr. (Ed.), Wrongfully convicted: Walking in truth and freedom. (pp. 11-12). Chicago IL: November Media Publishing.
  • Bellinger, O. (2017). Foreword 2 In T. Hudson, Jr. (Ed.), 100 effective strategies for single mothers raising black boys. (pp. vi-vii). Detroit, MI: Odis Bellinger Publishing.
  • Shorters, T. & Hudson, Jr., T. (2016). Black men love family and community. In McHale, S.M., King, V., and Van Hook, J. (Eds.). National Symposium on Family Issues: Boys and Men in African American Families – Volume 7 (pp. 243-247). Gewerbestrasse, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
  • Burke, C. & Hudson, Jr., T. (2015). Whose knowledge counts in an Ed.D. Program? Building diverse relationships to illuminate opportunities and challenges. In V. Stead (Ed.). The education doctorate (Ed.D.): Issues of access, diversity, social justice, and community leadership. New York NY: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Hudson, Jr., T. (May 2014). Power of relationships: Mentorship in the classroom. Connect, 6-12. Retrieved from
  • Hudson, Jr., T. (2013). Investigating student voice: Embedding Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory in an economics teacher’s classroom. (Doctoral Dissertation) Retrieved from