Nancy Woods: Woman of Courage

Dean Emerita Nancy Woods was honored at the University of Washington Women’s Center Women of Courage Gala on April 1, 2017.

The annual event is a fundraiser for equity and gender centered programs and a way to honor people who have shown dedication to “making the future bright for women in array of backgrounds.”

Azita Emami and Nancy Woods

Dean Azita Emami, 2015 Women of Courage honoree, and Dean Emerita Nancy Woods, 2017 honoree

Dr. Woods was honored as a national leader in the nursing profession who has had a long and impactful research career centered on women’s health. She is a pioneer in research on menopause and served as a member of the National Institutes of Health Women’s Health Task Force and Office of Women’s Health Research Advisory Council. She led the top-ranked UW School of Nursing as Dean for ten years, helping develop one of the world’s most robust nursing research and education programs.

After retiring as Dean, she continued her prominent role at the school as a professor and mentor, and recently took the lead in establishing the School of Nursing’s strategic action plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She currently serves as the interim associate dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the co-director of the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging.

Grethe Cammermeyer Nancy Woods and husband

UW Women’s Center 2017 Women of Courage Gala

“Dr. Woods’ combination of commitment, dedication, perseverance and persuasiveness was crucial to the success of a process that not only created a plan of action and implementation for the School of Nursing, but also resulted in a document that became a template and guide for the entire University,” according to the UW Women’s Center.

Dean Azita Emami was recognized as a Woman of Courage by the UW Women’s Center in 2015.