During the 1988/1989 academic year, the first campus Climate Study took place, commissioned by the Board of Trustees. In response to issues raised by the study about the climate for women on campus, concerned women and men formed interest groups to address the critical issues.

In 1990, the University Committee on Women (UCW) is established to represent the whole group of women and men who address issues of concern to women on campus.

In 1996, the UCW is restructured as a group of twelve committee members and names all other previous members as Friends of UCW.

In 1998, the UCW returns to being a committee of the whole with eight members serving as Coordinating Council.

At the Fall 2007 meeting, UCW members voted to change its name to University Advocates for Women and Equity.