The Ally Network is an initiative designed to enhance University culture by creating a more welcoming and inclusive environment for members of the Flinders community who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, questioning and queer (GLBTTIQQ).
Patronage of Ally Network
Professor Rob Saint has become the third patron of the Ally Network. He follows on from the inaugural Patron, Joan Cooper, then Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), and the previous Vice-Chancellor, Michael Barber.
Recent Australian research and anecdotal evidence shows that prejudicial behaviours based on sexuality frequently occur in schools and tertiary institutions, including Flinders University. This is despite the existence of anti-discrimination legislation and policies. A visible presence of Allies on campus goes some way in creating a safer and more welcoming environment for both new and current members of the Flinders community who do not identify as heterosexual by:
- Proactively addressing prejudicial behaviours and language
- Providing a safe place for people to talk about issues related to sexuality and/or gender identity
- Educating people about issues related to sexuality and/or gender identity
Allies are staff and students who are knowledgeable in, receptive to and understanding of GLBTTIQQ issues.
Allies provide a safe place to talk for members of the Flinders community who seek support in a confidential environment.
Allies act as a contact point for staff or students and are able to discuss GLBTTIQQ issues in essays, curriculum, finding information, resources, support, coming out and other life issues.
Allies are representative of the entire Flinders community and are therefore not identified on the basis of their sexuality.
An Ally is not:
- someone with ready-made answers
- necessarily a counsellor, nor necessarily trained to deal with crisis situations
- necessarily able to provide assistance with the grievance process associated with harassment or discrimination.
The Equal Opportunity Contact Officers are available to provide this.
- An open, accepting attitude
- To be listened to, to be understood and be able to explore the ISSes
- A wide variety of referral avenues both on and off campus
- Completion of essential training and interview process.
- Act as a role model for the University in terms of their language and behaviour.
- Proactively addressing behaviours considered prejudicial towards sexual diversity.
- Knowing when to refer on / seek further assistance.
- Attending occasional Ally meetings and information sessions on various issues.
Because most people grow up in a world that is predominantly heterosexual, our beliefs, attitudes and behaviours are often shaped by this, with assumptions made and entrenched in our culture. However this ‘one size fits all’ model does not necessarily accommodate GLBTTIQQ people. The process of alliance to GLBTTIQQ people and GLBTTIQQ issues can take time. For this reason, awareness training and information sessions that examine heterosexist assumptions are an essential part of becoming an Ally.
All Allies are subject to a screening process and training. Undertaking the training does not necessarily lead to becoming an Ally and you may decide the role is not one you feel comfortable with and so choose not to become an Ally.
If you are interested in becoming an Ally, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact (08) 8201 3735.
Look for an official Ally sign on an office door.
|Barbara Baird (Assoc Prof)||Women's Studiesemail@example.com|
|Heather Brook (Dr)||Women's Studiesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Toni Crisci (Ms)||Health, Counselling and Disabilityemail@example.com|
Margaret Davies (Professor)
|Vanessa Dorshorst (Ms)||Digital Media Servicesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kate Douglas (Associate Professor)||English, Creative Writing and Australian Studiesemail@example.com|
|Julia Erhart (Dr)||Screen and Mediafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Steffi Graff (Ms)||Student, Biological Sciencesemail@example.com|
|Anne Hayes (Ms)||Health, Counselling and Disabilityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mary Heath (Assoc Prof)||Lawemail@example.com|
|Susan Heyes (Ms)||School of Nursing and Midwiferyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Misia Julia (Mrs)||Social Health Sciencesemail@example.com|
|Tristan Kennedy (Mr)||Social and Policy Studiesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Deb King (Associate Professor)||National Institute of Labour Studiesemail@example.com|
|Anthony Langlois (Associate Prof)||School of International Studiesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Liz McNeill (Ms)||School of Nursing and Midwiferyemail@example.com|
|Donna Neilson (Ms)||Enrolment Services, Student Centrefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Chris O’Grady (Mr)||Manager, Student Engagementemail@example.com|
|Lisa O'Neill (Ms)||Equal Opportunity and Diversityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Donald Pate (Professor)||Archaeologyemail@example.com|
|Sophie Pointer (Dr)||School of Medicine, Research Centre for Injury Studiesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Damien Riggs (Dr)||SocialSciencesemail@example.com|
|Andrea Rohde (Ms)||Health, Counselling and Disabilityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Nina Sivertsen (Ms)||School of Nursing and Midwiferyemail@example.com|
|Anne Thompson (Dr)||Drama Centrefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jan Thompson (Ms)||School of Nursing and Midwiferyemail@example.com|
|Rossi von der Borch (Dr)||Humanitiesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Paula Williams (Ms)||Health, Counselling and Disabilityemail@example.com|
|Bevin Wilson (Mr)||Yunggorendi, First Nations Centre for Higher Education and Researchfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jackie Wurm (Ms)||Yunggorendiemail@example.com|
|Mia Zaccardo (Ms)||Student, Psychologyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Julie Zanker (Ms)||Disability and Community Inclusionemail@example.com|