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Willie Ney

Willie Ney

Executive director and founder of the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives and First Wave Program

Executive director, Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement Work: 608-516-8609 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Multicultural arts programming and practice: Using spoken word, hip hop and other contemporary art forms as a vehicle for campus and community outreach
  • Community partnerships: Creating creative and dynamic partnerships with grass-roots orgs and high-profile arts, educational and other institutions
  • Integrating multicultural youth leadership into campus life: Integrating youth of color into the fabric of campus life through innovative recruitment strategies


  • Governor's Award in Support of the Arts, 2009
  • Martin Luther King Heritage Award
  • Bartell Award, UW-Madison
  • international educator of the year, Department of Public Instruction