University of Wisconsin–Madison

Grad students


As a teaching assistant, project assistant, or other role where you’re in charge of managing a group of students or student staff, you have an opportunity to build inclusive practices in your space.

See the resources below for a start:

To advocate for inclusive practices in your own classroom or lab, you may try referring to the UW-Madison Strategic Framework which details the importance of retention, diversity and inclusion, nurturing growth, and building the best possible learning environment.

For curriculum development or consultation, we want to help you with your questions! Please contact Katherine Charek Briggs for general inquiries or any one of our library partners for more assistance.

The Office of Human Resources offers a comprehensive description of domestic partner benefits at their Benefits Options for UW Employees with Domestic Partners page. UW insurance programs treat same- and opposite-sex domestic partners similarly.

Health insurance for UW graduate assistants and employees does not cover gender-affirming surgery or hormone therapy for policy holders or their partners.  Learn more from UW-Madison’s General Benefits Information page and the University of Wisconsin System Employee Benefits page.

If you want or need to purchase trans health coverage, you may choose to buy into the Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP). See more on the TGQ page.

Doing research

See the Academics page for lists of library affiliates, gender & sexuality databases, and LGBTQ archival projects that are all available for your use as a student scholar.

Advertising research

Are you holding a talk or event? Please let us know at so we can advertise it on the Event Update, our Facebook page, and other outlets.

If you’re hoping to reach LGBTQ students, staff, or faculty for a research study, please contact us to discuss options. We occasionally post low-risk, IRB-approved studies on our Facebook page.

We know that because of the power imbalance between some grad students and their instructors, advisors, department chairs, or PIs, it can be hard to speak up or intervene in situations of bias, harassment, or negative climate.

As a grad student, you have protections. See some options below.

  • First of all, if you are in an immediate crisis, call the 24-hour UHS Crisis Line (confidential) at 608-265-5600 (option 9), or call 911.
  • Report your experience directly here: Bias Reporting Process or see our Support & Crisis page first for more details.
  • The graduate worker union, Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA), has a full page on your rights as a graduate student: Rights
  • The Ombuds Office is also here to help you with challenges that arise in your work environment: Ombuds FAQ
  • Finally, the Dean of Students Office offers student assistance in a variety of contexts (not confidential): Student Assistance