- Bullying Prevention
- Cultural Diversity
- Gender Equality
- Open Fora
- 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.
- Upcoming Training Sessions
- What is an Ally?
- Why Become an Ally?
- How Do I Become an Ally?
- Wear it Purple Day
- More Information
- To My Grade 7 Self
More training sessions are planned for 2017 to be held on various campuses. Dates and locations will be advertised early 2017.
To register for Ally Training, staff must do so on MyCareer Online; students need to contact Kathy Adam-Cross.
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.
Wear it Purple Day
Wear It Purple Day is an opportunity to demonstrate to young people that they all have a right to be proud of who they are and that sex, sexuality and gender identity does not change this. It all began in Australian schools by two young people. The event has now grown to an international phenomenon encouraging the simple act of wearing the colour purple to show our sex, sexuality and gender diverse individuals that diversity is valued and everyone deserves to be included.
At Western we understand that at times studying and working can be difficult when you identify as LGBTIQ. We therefore encourage all students and staff to wear the colour purple on Friday 26 August to show our support of LGBTIQ students and staff. Upload a pic of you, your mates or your colleagues to show the whole University that Western welcomes LGBTIQ students and staff and join at #proudtobeme #prideandinclusion #western #westernsydneyu.
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.