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Mission & History

With the input of our partners, the LGBT Campus Center has developed a new framework for our work with students, across campus, and in the community. See our guiding statements and the history of the CC below.

Mission & Vision


The LGBT Campus Center provides education, outreach, advocacy, and resources for UW-Madison student communities and their allies to improve campus climate and their daily intersectional experiences.


The LGBT Campus Center envisions a University of Wisconsin-Madison that actively addresses oppression in all its forms and affirms, includes, and celebrates people across the spectrum of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, including their intersectional experiences and perspectives.

Values & Operating Principles


We believe in the power of experiences at the intersections of multiple identities and that intersectionality should serve as a lens through which we implement our student-centered programming, outreach across communities, ally with others, and dismantle multiple oppressions.

Social Justice

We actively address oppressions at multiple levels with the understanding that our personal, group, and societal power and privilege shape lived experiences.


We mobilize LGBTQ students’ sense of power and agency toward leadership, growth, and social change.


We embrace the joys and complexities of having LGBTQ and ally identities.


We create and maintain inclusive and affirming student-centered spaces in which to live, work, learn, and connect with others.


We build and model sustainable relationships, coalitions, and co-curricular student-centered partnerships that promote growth across communities at UW-Madison.


We recognize the diversity of experiences, communities, and perspectives of people across the range of LGBTQ identities.


The LGBT CC was founded in 1992 and will celebrate its 10th anniversary as an Office of the Dean of Students in Fall 2013.

Learn more about the following eras of Campus Center history in our extended report!

Download the LGBTCC History PDF file.

  • Beginnings: 1992-1995
  • Finding New Space: 1995-1998
  • Home at the Memorial Union: 1998-1999
  • LGBTCC & Student Segregated Fees Committee: 2000-2002
  • The LGBTCC Becomes an Office of the Dean of Students: 2002-2006

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