UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN - MADISON

THE THREE PILLARS

 

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Academics | Art | Activism

  • First Wave 10th Cohort group photo

    Welcome the First Wave 10th Cohort!

  • Rest in Heaven Andrew, You will be missed.

    Rest in Heaven Andrew, You will be missed.

  • Shoutout to the 2015 Graduates of 5th Co!

    S/O to the 2015 Graduates of 5th Co!

  • Farwell Sofia!

    Farewell Sofia! New York better get ready!

Mission

To provide innovative, culturally relevant hip-hop art programs to inspire engagement, learning, and activism for diverse communities.

Administered by the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI), the First Wave Learning Community is the first university program in the country centered on urban arts, spoken word and hip-hop culture.

FACTS

  • International tours to: London, England/Manchester, England/Corby, England/Kingston, Jamaica/Panama City, Panama/Cuernavaca, Mexico

  • The incoming cohort, 9th co, has First Wave’s first international student (from China)! 

  • 43 First Wave students have studied abroad representing all 8 cohorts - this totals 37% of all students who have received scholarships via First Wave.
  • First Wave students are published authors, nationally renowned and internationally ranked poets, rappers making noise on the underground, and community organizers. 

  • First Wave students and Alumni have received jobs and internships from the United States Embassy, The New York Knicks, Teach For America, Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam, and many more groundbreaking institutions.

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First Wave 9th Cohort group photo

 

 

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Events

First Wave Presents:

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