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Maddy Wilson

Coordinator, UI Dance Marathon

Meet Maddy!

Message From Maddy:

Hello!! My name is Maddy Wilson, and I am one of just two employees that make up the Dance Marathon (DM) advising team! It is an exciting opportunity to be a part of DM as we move into our 29th year of providing endless hope to our kiddos and families. I look forward to working with Jessie Cunningham, Assistant Director, and the leadership team to continue innovating and strengthening our program to serve the community.

If you have any questions or would like to connect, please email me at or stop by IMU 153!


I attended Central Washington University (CWU) in Ellensburg, WA where I earned a B.S. in Social Services and a minor in Non-Profit Organization Management. During my time at CWU, I had the opportunity to connect with many influential mentors and friends who encouraged my decision to pursue a master’s degree at Iowa. Currently, I am a second-year graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program expected to graduate in May 2023. As a first-year grad I completed a practicum with DM where I created our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training, helped facilitate leadership development through onboarding and training of the DM29 Executive Council, and attended the Virtual Big Event. These experiences are what motivated me to continue my journey with DM!


Roseville, California

Favorite DM Memory:

My love for Dance Marathon is fueled by the passionate and caring students working tirelessly to fight for the kiddos and their families. Last year I had the opportunity to attend the Virtual Big Event as a practicum student where I witnessed firsthand how impactful this work is on DM students. There was a moment I will never forget – the entire executive team was huddled together, holding hands, and crying while the Dancing in Our Hearts (DIH) video was playing. Watching how the students were in-tune with each other’s challenges and triumphs leading to that moment of remembrance was a pivotal experience for me.


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