Southern Cross University’s Ally Network is a university-wide commitment to the inclusion, success and celebration of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTIQ+) students and colleagues. We believe that students and staff should be able to bring their whole selves to their study and work. Each Ally contributes to raising LGBTIQ+ awareness at the University by making support for gender and sexuality diversity visible and, if necessary, challenging homophobic and transphobic attitudes and behaviours.
An Ally is a point of contact for a student or staff member who may have a query or concern about a matter relating to their gender identity or sexuality diversity. Students or staff members who wish to discuss a matter may contact an Ally of their choice (please see list below). Allies are staff members of the University, with a genuine commitment to the principles of equality and social justice, who volunteer to take on this role.
The Ally Network champion is the University's Vice Chancellor, Professor Adam Shoemaker.
Message from the Vice Chancellor
Role of Ally
An Ally is a staff member (academic or professional) with an understanding of the difficulties and discrimination faced by LGBTIQ+ people and who wishes to act as an advocate for a University free from harassment or discrimination based on a person’s sexuality or gender identity.
Although an Ally may not identify as LGBTIQ+, they actively support inclusiveness and equality at the University by;
- helping to coordinate and/or attending LGBTIQ+ events at the University,
- displaying LGBTIQ+ affirming material in their workplace,
- assisting LGBTIQ+ students and staff with matters they wish to discuss,
- maintaining strict confidentiality whilst dealing with enquiries, and
- confidentially providing data and information regarding any enquiries to the Ally Network Coordinator.