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 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ).
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 LGBTIQ 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 LGBTIQ 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 issues
- 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 LGBTIQ people. The process of alliance to LGBTIQ people and LGBTIQ 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.
|Benjamin Authers (Dr)||Lawemail@example.com|
|Barbara Baird (Assoc Prof)||Women's Studiesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Natalia Sanjuan Bornay (Dr)||Student Learning Centreemail@example.com|
|Heather Brook (Dr)||Women's Studiesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Fiona Butcher||Sturt Libraryemail@example.com|
|Lauren Butterworth||Student Learning Centrefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Monica Cations||School of Health Sciencesemail@example.com|
|Toni Crisci (Ms)||Health, Counselling and Disabilityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Margaret Davies (Professor)
|Vanessa Dorshorst (Ms)||Digital Media Servicesemail@example.com|
|Kate Douglas (Associate Professor)||English, Creative Writing and Australian Studiesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Courtney Edlin||School of Educationemail@example.com|
|Julia Erhart (Dr)||Screen and Mediafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Konrad Gawlik||Health, Counselling and Disabilityemail@example.com|
|Steffi Graff (Ms)||Student, Biological Sciencesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jessie Gunson (Dr)||Health Sciencesemail@example.com|
|Matt Heard||College of Science and Engineeringfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Grace Hensel||Student Councilemail@example.com|
|Susan Heyes (Ms)||School of Nursing and Midwiferyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Khristin Highet (Dr)||Health, Counselling and Disabilityemail@example.com|
|Vanessa Hounslow||Health, Counselling and Disabilityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Maureen Howland||Oasis Community Centreemail@example.com|
|Maggie Ivanova (Dr)||School of Humanities and Creative Artsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tristan Kennedy (Mr)||Social and Policy Studiesemail@example.com|
|Tristan Kilmartin||Student Learning Centrefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Deb King (Associate Professor)||National Institute of Labour Studiesemail@example.com|
|Lindsay Krassnitzer||School of Health Sciences, Sturtfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Anthony Langlois (Associate Prof)||School of International Studiesemail@example.com|
|David Lim (Dr)||Flinders Rural Health, Victor Harborfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Emma Mackenzie||Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciencesemail@example.com|
|Rachel Manning||Professional Development Unitfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bradley Martin||Flinders Livingemail@example.com|
|Liz McNeill (Ms)||School of Nursing and Midwiferyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Keith Miller (Dr)||School of Social and Policy Studiesemail@example.com|
|Amanda Muller||College of Nursing and Health Sciencesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Donna Neilson (Ms)||Enrolment Services, Student Centreemail@example.com|
|Nathan O'Brien||Science and Engineeringfirstname.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|
|Kirsten Read||Health, Counselling and Disabilityemail@example.com|
|Damien Riggs (Dr)||SocialSciencesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Andrea Rohde (Ms)||Flinders Livingemail@example.com|
|Nina Sivertsen (Ms)||School of Nursing and Midwiferyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Student Learning Centre
Oasis Community Centre; Health, Counselling and Disability
|Trudy Sweeney (Dr)||School of Educationemail@example.com|
|Paul Tait||School of Health Sciences, Repatriation General Hospitalfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rossi von der Borch (Dr)||Humanitiesemail@example.com|
|Zoë Walter||Health, Counselling and Disabilityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Isobel Walter-Smith||Information Technology Servicesemail@example.com|
|Nicola Williams||Health, Counselling and Disabilityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tiffany Winn||Student Learning Centreemail@example.com|
|Jackie Wurm (Ms)||Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teachingfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Julie Zanker (Ms)||Disability and Community Inclusionemail@example.com|