Wooden, a teacher and guidance counselor at Perry Meridian High School for 31 years before retiring in 2005, was recognized during a dinner Oct. 18 on the BSU campus for her advocacy of education and civil and human rights.
BSU biology Professor Emeritus Alice Bennett nominated Wooden, writing that her efforts have resulted in outstanding contributions to life in Indiana.
As a public school teacher she was coordinator of the Challenge Education program, which aided in the integration process with the beginning of court-ordered busing of inner-city students to Indianapolis’ suburban schools in 1981.
She presently serves as president of Health, Access and Privacy Alliance, nonprofit consortium working to improve access to health-care and protect reproductive choice in Indiana.
Wooden’s peers know her as a deeply committed, focused and effective advocate.
Previous winners have included judges, a university president, scientists, educators, artists, community leaders and public servants. In each case, these are women who make the world better because of what they do and have done.