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- Sexuality and Gender Diversity
The Ally Network is an endorsed group of staff and students who are committed to creating an inclusive and respectful culture at the University for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) community members.
What is an Ally?
An Ally is a volunteer (staff or student) from the Western Sydney University community who is committed to cultural change and who provides support to LGBTIQ community members at the University.
- can be identified by the display of an official Ally sticker or Ally pin;
- provide a welcoming and confidential 'safe zone' for LGBTIQ staff and students;
- demonstrate leadership in the areas of respect and inclusion for LGBTIQ staff and students;
- practice respectful, accepting and non-homophobic language and behaviour that is in keeping with our policy work towards increasing the acceptance of diverse sexualities and genders;
- develop and promote a greater understanding of the LGBTIQ community;
- promote a community that includes and embraces diverse sexualities and gender;
- work to dismantle homophobia and heterosexism;
- commit to making positive changes within the University; and
- attend Ally Network meetings.
Why become an Ally?
There are many reasons to become an Ally, following are a few:
- You could make a difference to your campus environment and the experience of LGBTIQ staff and students;
- You could make the campus a better place for everyone ;
- You have the opportunity to interact with and learn from a community with which you may not otherwise interact; and
- Your work toward ending homophobia and heterosexism could help members of the LGBTIQ community develop stronger self-esteem and pride in who they are.
How do I become an Ally?
In order to become an Ally you need to complete a training session, organised by Equity and Diversity, during which you will cover the following topics:
- Reflection upon your own assumptions and understanding of LGBTIQ people;
- Become familiar with some of the issues faced by LGBTIQ staff and students such as sexual prejudice and 'coming out'; and
- Overview of the University Ally Network and what it means to become an Ally.
After the training session, you can nominate yourself to become an Ally, and we will provide you with the University Ally stickers and Ally pin to identify you as an Ally.
You may also find that you do not feel comfortable with the role of Ally and decide not to become one.
The Ally Network communicates via email and meets four times a year to discuss issues, organise events, and participate in training. We also have a social group that gets together to attend social events.
For further information contact Equity and Diversity (opens in a new window) on 9678 7378.
To My Grade 7 Self
Watch this powerful To My Grade 7 Self video (opens in a new window) produced by Get REAL, a Canadian non-profit movement that empowers uni age students to help high school age students unlearn LGBT discrimination and harmful language, and embrace difference and positivity.