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Nickey Woods has always been passionate about educational equity and ensuring access for all students. 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 an Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 


A dynamic public speaker, Dr. Woods' professional expertise includes facilitating learning opportunities for administrators, educators, and students on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, student success and retention, learning and motivation, instructional and curriculum design, and disability access and accommodations. She also consults with professional organizations and develops educational material with an eye toward maximizing learner motivation and engagement.


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. Her doctoral dissertation research was a gap analysis focused on organizational compliance and improving service provision to students with disabilities. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and an M.Ed. in Education 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. Dr. Woods did it twice. She also appears in the book Basketball in Long Beach and was an extra in the movie Love and Basketball.


As a former college athlete and parent of a college football scholar athlete, she is also passionate about the athlete experience and exposing both high school and college athletes to research-based strategies and practices that promote successful and responsible academic and community engagement.