The UW System LGBTQ Inclusivity Initiative first convened in October of 2003; the group consisted of students, faculty, staff and UW System Administration. The Inclusivity Initiative’s outcomes included expansion of domestic partner benefits and engaging in a campus climate study that eventually grew into a system-wide climate study that was completed in 2013.


On June 29th, 2009, Wisconsin Governor Doyle signed domestic partnerships into law.

A History of Working towards Domestic Partner Benefits

  • Statement in support of domestic partner benefits ... from the UW System Inclusivity Initiative.
  • The negative impact of not having domestic partner benefits ... from faculty and staff.
  • Loss of Key Faculty
  • Resolutions Pertaining to the Marriage Amendment and to Domestic Partner Benefits 2003-2007
  • Domestic Partner Benefits in the News - a UW-Madison website