Dr. Nickey Woods
Educational & Diversity Consultant
“Diversity means nothing without equity, inclusion, and belonging. A singular focus on diversity simply brings more people into harm’s way. Equity ensures that appropriate resources are allocated to counterbalance systemic barriers and historical inequities. Inclusion demands that we listen to and amplify voices that are usually not centered in societal & cultural narratives. And finally, belonging ensures that our DEI efforts are resonating with everyone in our organization. And after we tend to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging…we assess our efforts and do it again. And again. And again.”
- Nickey Woods
Dr. Nickey Woods has always been passionate about issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. She began her professional career at the K-12 level and has higher education experience as an adjunct faculty member, director of disability services, and as a law school Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Dr. Woods currently serves as the National Association of Law Placement's Diversity Section co-chair of legislative monitoring. In 2021, she was selected to serve as one of three judges for Reed Smith's Annual DEI Champion Award, participated in the Pac-12 Access to Justice speaker series, and presented at the AASE Biennial Diversity Conference hosted by City University of New York.
A dynamic public speaker, Dr. Woods facilitates training sessions related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging for both public and private sectors. She also consults with professional organizations and corporations and develops educational material with an eye toward maximizing learner motivation and engagement. In 2021, she consulted with Nickelodeon to develop a series of educational guides focused on taking action against discrimination and hate.
A proud first generation college student, Dr. Woods holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and an M.Ed. in Education with an emphasis in Cross Cultural Teaching from National University.
While at UCLA, she was a member of the women's basketball team. She was named to the All Pac-10 Conference Women’s Basketball team and was also a Pac-10 player of the week. Dr. Woods is a member of UCLA’s “30-Point and Up” club, an elite group of players who have scored at least 30 points in a single game. When she's not facilitating diversity trainings, she enjoys baking, writing, and spending time with her family.