Many staff and students across Murdoch complete the Ally program training and choose to become a part of the visible network of advocates for the LGBTIQA+ community. Doing this contributes to building an affirming and welcoming community at Murdoch University.
The training is open to anyone who is interested in increasing their own awareness or would like to become an advocate and promote awareness for the LGBTIQA+ community.
During the workshop you can learn about the LGBTIQA+ community, some of the issues faced at university and some external and internal struggles.
After completing the training you can apply to join the network. You will be provided with Ally rainbow stickers which can be placed on your office door or around your work space. Through the Ally network you will also be provided with further opportunities to increase your knowledge and learn about current trends and issues.
Your role in the Ally network
If after completing the training you choose to join the network, you will have some responsibilities:
- Be a visible part of the Murdoch Ally network by displaying the Ally sticker on your office door, work area or student space.
- Provide a safe zone for students or staff with diverse gender, sex or sexuality to speak freely.
- Be empathetic with members of the LGBTIQA+ community.
- Be an advocate for those who are not in a position to speak out or are fearful of being harassed or discriminated against.
Your contribution as an Ally helps to make Murdoch a better place to work and study for everyone, not just members of the community who identify as LGBTIQA+.
Sharing community resources
You will be provided with online and print resources for community information which you can share with people who enquire. The resources may include youth services, health services and information for parents.
You may also have copies of articles and information about topics related to sexuality and gender identity to share with people who would like to have more information.