Gary L. Williams

Associate Professor; Director
Educational Policy & Community Studies; Institute for Intercultural Research

Gary L. Williams has been part of the UWM School of Education following a dedicated career at UWM as a campus administrator responsible for developing and providing academic support services to UWM students, with a particular focus on minority and disadvantaged college and pre-college attendees and participants.

Williams teaches courses in research techniques for community organizers and community educators, the theory and practice of educating Black males, and the Milwaukee Community. Williams has actively contributed for years as a member of several community-based organization boards in the African-American and Latino communities. His research agenda has included analysis of older adults, youth, urban environments and impact of violence and poverty upon Black youth.

Williams is founder and director of the Institute for Intercultural Research, which addresses the needs and responds to the concerns of communities of color through research, public service, and information resource sharing. Additionally, he serves as Interim Director of the Black Cultural Center.

Williams earned his M.A. in political science and Ph.D. in urban social institutions at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.