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Being an Ally is important because...

Southern Cross University's Ally Network is a group of proactive staff members (academic and professional) who support the University's ethos of respect and inclusion.

They are contact points for LGBTIQ+ students and staff to discuss issues that matter to them. Ally Network members also organise the University's acknowledgement and celebration of events of signifance to the LGBTIQ+ community.

We asked members of the Ally Network why they think being an Ally is important...

Kachina Allen

Kachina Allen

Kachina Allen

School of Health & Human Sciences - Gold Coast campus

Being an Ally is important because I want to live in a world where we all have equal chances and opportunities. 

Actively fighting discrimination is one step towards achieving this.         

Talli Allen

Talli Allen

Talli Allen

University Library - Gold Coast campus

Being an Ally is important because every person on this earth, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, deserves to be equal and respected within our communities.       

Shae Brown

Shae Brown

Shae Brown

Student Advocacy Service - Lismore campus

Being an Ally is important because, everyone has the right to feel safe and respected at University.

Diversity is a driver of creativity and knowledge, so embracing difference has benefits for everyone! 

Cathy Burton

Cathy Burton

Cathy Burton

Student Equity & Inclusion - Lismore campus

Being an Ally is important because I believe no-one should discriminate against another person, for any reason. 

The LGBTIQ+ community deserves to be treated humanely, fairly and with the same respect as other people.

I’m a proud Ally network member. I value and treasure my LGBTIQ+ friends and colleagues. 

Helen Coleman

Helen Coleman

Helen Coleman

Student Outreach - Lismore & Gold Coast campuses

Being an Ally is important because I believe everyone should have visibility and relevance. 

I am an Ally because I can be a role model. 

I can use my voice. I can make a difference by ensuring there is space for everyone to feel valued, acknowledged and celebrated. 

Rob Cumings

Rob Cumings

Rob Cumings

Student Equity & Inclusion - Lismore campus

Being an Ally is important because Allies are fundamental to achieving social justice for LGBTIQ+ people in the prevailing hetero-normative paradigm. 

They signal a way forward to a kinder, more humane and inclusive world.  

 

Kristin Den Exter

Kristin Den Exter

Dr Kristin Den Exter

Partnerships - Lismore campus

Being an Ally is important to me to counter discrimination against LGBTIQ+ people and raise awareness around the challenges LGBTIQ+ people experience. 

I am deeply committed to inclusivity, respect, freedom of expression and opportunity for all, and as an Ally I am proud to support the LGBTIQ+ community. 

Victoria Drury

Victoria Drury

Victoria Drury

Student Equity & Inclusion - Lismore campus

Being an Ally is important because you commit to consciously stepping outside the lived experience that is your own, embracing, supporting and recognising the diverse lived experience of others.

In doing so you come to understand the need to challenge phobic behaviours and attitudes and educate others to see this too. 

Rob Garbutt

Rob Garbutt

Associate Professor Rob Garbutt

School of Arts & Social Sciences - Lismore campus

Being an Ally is important because visibly supporting LGBITQ students and colleagues is a small step to creating a just society.

It says I’m willing to chat when issues arise, and because it says I’m willing to unlearn my own prejudices as well as learn about the ways oppression is perpetuated. 

Simon Gibson

Simon Gibson

Simon Gibson

Technology Services - Lismore campus

Being an Ally is important because everyone should be able to live their life free of discrimination, harassment or fear of violence and be free to be their true self.

Airdre Grant

Airdre Grant

Dr Airdre Grant

Centre for Teaching & Learning - Lismore campus

Being an Ally is important because I am a strong believer in acceptance, I feel the more we love and support each other the better place the world is.

I want to walk alongside my colleagues and friends across the community and let them know I care and that they matter.  

Desiree Kozlowki

Desiree Kozlowski

Dr Desiree Kozlowski

School of Health & Human Sciences - Coffs Harbour campus

Being an Ally is important because forming connections is beautiful and far more likely when people know they’re safe with you.  

Kara Morris

Kara Morris

Kara Morris

Technology Services - Lismore campus

Being an Ally is important to me because as a member of the Ally Network I can help contribute to the supportive environment I’ve found as a queer woman at SCU.

Robbie Macfarlane

Robbie MacFarlane

Robbie MacFarlane

University Library - Coffs Harbour campus

Being an Ally is important because I believe all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and to feel safe in sharing their thoughts, feelings and concerns.

As an Ally I am a person who will listen openly and without judgement. 

 

Jo Munn

Jo Munn

Dr Jo Munn

Centre for Teaching & Learning - Coffs Harbour campus

Being an Ally is important because we are all human, all different, and that is wonderful!

We should all feel safe and embrace difference.  

Renee Parker

Renee Parker

Renee Parker

Student Administrative Services - Gold Coast campus

Being an Ally is important because each person has the right to a safe and inclusive educational experience and working environment.

Standing up for a culture of equality is everyone’s responsibility and I want to help foster a University where people from the LGBTIQ+ community feel welcomed, supported and celebrated. 

Marin Simpson

Marin Simpson

Marin Simpson

University Library - Gold Coast campus

Being an Ally is important because I believe that diversity, inclusion and equity are the foundations of a healthy community. 

As a librarian I already work in an inclusive space and I want to be part of a pro-active team like the Ally Network that is invested in the wellbeing of the whole campus community.    

Jeanti St Clairie

Jeanti St Clair

Jeanti St Clair

School of Arts & Social Sciences - Lismore campus

Being an Ally is important because I can support Southern Cross University in creating an inclusive and safe space for all people of all sexualities and genders.  

Julie Streckfuss

Julie Streckfuss

Julie Streckfuss

School of Health & Human Sciences - Lismore campus

Being an Ally is important because committing to opposing prejudice and oppression sets a healthy tone for my workplace and community and fosters greater understanding and celebration of diversity.

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Ann-Maree Wilkinson

Ann- Maree Wilkinson

Ann-Maree Wilkinson

Student Outreach - Lismore campus

Being an Ally is important because it means I am a member of a network at the University that, together, creates a safe contact point for LGBTQI+ students and staff to ensure that our university community is an inclusive and safe place.