'Creating safe study and work spaces for LGBTIQ students and staff'
USC is committed to an education environment which provides equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination and harassment.
We acknowledge and support sexuality and gender diversity on campus and within the community.
Definitions and Inclusive Language information.
More information — Anti-Discrimination and Freedom from Harassment – Governing Policy
What is an ally?
An ally is an individual who is informed about, empathetic towards and has an understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) issues.
An ally acknowledges the experiences, upholds and supports the rights of LGBTIQ individuals by raising awareness of diversity in personal identity, gender, and relationship choices.
USC allies act as a point of contact for staff and students on LGBTIQ issues and can discuss these areas confidently.
Aims of a USC ally
- advocate for and support cultural change
- build and support an advocacy network
- help create a safe and inclusive educational and work environment
- through education, develop further awareness and visibility of LGBTIQ staff and students and their issues
- develop an online visible network of USC allies
An ally is:
- an open, understanding, non-judgemental and comfortable listener
- aware of maintaining confidentiality
- knowledgeable of the additional support available at USC and in the wider community
- NOT necessarily a counsellor, nor necessarily trained to attend to crisis situations, but aware of the referral process
- NOT necessarily from the LGBTIQ community
- NOT not necessarily able to act upon grievance processes associated with bullying, discrimination or harassment. USC Discrimination and Harassment Officers can assist with these processes.
- Committed to promoting USC as a safe, inclusive and diverse university
USC ally responsibilities:
- participate in an interactive training program
- publicly identify as an ally by allowing your name and faculty/department
or student contact details to be published on the USC ally web page
- display an ally sign on your office door to affirm your commitment
- provide a safe place for individuals to access you
- be open to questions relative to LGBTIQ issues
- working within and support existing equity policies
Want to become a USC ally?
Resources for allies. (USC staff or student login required.)
Contact a USC ally
Look for an official ally sign or rainbow flag on an office door or reception counter.
USC ally contacts. (USC staff or student login required.)