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. Allies contribute 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. Allies are staff of the University with a genuine commitment to the principles of equality and social justice and 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.
An Ally may not identify as LGBTIQ+, but they actively support inclusiveness and equality at the University by;
- helping to coordinate and / or attending LGBTIQ+ events,
- displaying LGBTIQ+-affirming material,
- assisting LGBTIQ+ students and staff with matters they wish to discuss,
- deal with enquiries whilst maintaining strict confidentiality, and
- keeping data regarding enquiries and provide this confidential information to the Head, Equity and Diversity Office.
The Ally role does not include advocacy. Allies are currently being recruited and trained.