Changemaker Profile: Chris Hudson
Chris Hudson received his Master’s in Social Work from New York University and launched into providing clinical services to children and families. He then worked as an elementary school teacher in New York City’s public education system. However, he thought the skills and knowledge he garnered in forensic social work would be better utilized in the social service sector. Thereafter, Chris served as the Assistant Director of Comprehensive Family Services, an organization that provides clinical and therapeutic services to court involved families and children.
Chris’s passion has been to provide children with safer spaces to express themselves and grow. That passion led him to being a fixture on the summer camp scene for over 20 years. Chris successfully blended his educational training in social work and varied experiences within summer camps by authoring a curriculum based on deliberate communication, active listening, and promoting positive behavior through creating culture. In 2011, Chris co-founded Camp Highlight, a sleepaway camp program for children of LGBTQ families. As Camp Director, his curriculum serves as the foundation through which LGBTQ families connect with each other and ensure that their children develop in an inclusive and loving environment.
Chris has trained groups at the Legal Aid Society, the Department of Probation, and summer camps within the tri-state area about creating inclusive spaces for LGBTQ clients and colleagues. Chris is an adjunct lecturer and advisor at the Columbia School of Social Work, where he prepares social workers for the profession.