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Dr. Nickey Woods, 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 has higher education experience as an adjunct faculty member, director of disability services, and as a law school Dean of Students and Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. Dr. Woods regularly presents at law conferences across the country, including the AASE Biennial Diversity Conference, Association of American Law Schools (AALS), the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), LexCon by AccessLex, and the American Bankruptcy Institute. 


A dynamic public speaker, Dr. Woods facilitates training and coaching sessions related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging for both public and private sectors. She also consults with professional organizations and corporations for strategic planning and assessment 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.

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