Role of an Ally
An Ally is a trained volunteer who understands the experiences of members of the LGBTIQ+ community.
Allies are committed to building a safe and inclusive place to work and study. Allies are a point of contact on campus for LGBTIQ+ staff and students or anyone with concerns around sexual, sex and gender diversity. Allies are staff and students representative of the whole CSU community who may or may not identify as LGBTIQ+.
What Allies do
- Provide a comfortable and confidential environment for people to discuss matters related to sexual diversity and sex or gender identity.
- Work on expanding their understanding of LGBTIQA+ communities and the nature and impact of discrimination experienced by LGBTIQA+ people.
- Show leadership by being publicly supportive of sexual, sex and gender diversity.
- Role model non-discriminatory practices and language.
- Promote a greater understanding of the LGBTIQA+ community.
- Challenge, wherever possible, homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism on campus.
- Provide information and make appropriate referrals.
Allies are not expected to be experts or to take on a counselling role but have access to resources in order to refer on to appropriate services.
What Allies learn at training
At an Ally training session, you will:
- participate in an interactive training program (4 hours)
- become better acquainted with the role of an Ally
- reflect on personal beliefs and develop self-awareness of personal attitudes and commitment to diversity in the community
- develop a better understanding of LGBTIQA+ experiences, queer culture, community, history and available resources to better fulfil the support and advocacy roles
- receive an information manual to supplement the session
After the training, you'll receive public identification as an Ally on the 'Network of Allies' webpage. You can also display an Ally sign on your office door and/or wear an Ally badge to affirm your commitment to the Program.
What it means to be an Ally
- Advise your peers in your course or study groups or your work area at a staff meeting around your role as an Ally.
- Staff ensure your students are aware of your role, whether internally at lectures or tutorials, or in DE environments, such as online subject sites and social media.
- Be open to questions from and about LGBTIQA+ students and staff.
- Work with and support existing policies and practices that bring equity and diversity to the CSU community and give open support for the LGBTIQA+ people and their experiences.
- Attend occasional Ally events and information sessions on various issues of concern to LGBTIQA+ people.
Some Allies may never have someone come into their office, but when a LGBTIQA+ student or staff member walks by an office that displays an Ally sign, it is empowering to them to observe this level of support.
For more information, staff and students can contact the Student Liaison Officer via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also register online.