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USC Ally Network

'Creating safe study and work spaces for LGBTIQ+ students and staff'

All Australian universities have an important role to play in promoting inclusion and tolerance.

UniSC support diversity in the higher education sector and recognise the rights of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer students and staff to learn, live and work, free of prejudice and discrimination, with all the essential freedoms enjoyed by other members of our university community and the broader population.

UniSC will not tolerate harassment or discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Please be aware that codes of conduct for staff and students apply at all times. The Student Charter sets out the expectations the University has of its students and also the obligations of the University to  its students. The Student Expectations and Responsibilities site provides further relevant information for students.

Please make use of our Student Wellbeing Services, Student Guild Advocacy, Security and Safety at any stage if you need support, or advice on reporting or disclosing harassment. If you would like external support and advice you can call Diverse Voices, (peer to peer LGBTIQ telephone and internet counselling service).

Invitation to become a USC 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.

Want to become a USC Ally?

For more information about the program as well as training events, contact the Diversity Officer at

Aims of an Ally

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 and develop further awareness and visibility of LGBTIQ staff and students and their issues and
  • call out (where safe to) inappropriate anti-LGBTIQ+ behavior
Roles and responsibilities of an Ally

An Ally is:

  • an open, understanding, non-judgmental 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 necessarily able to act upon grievance processes associated with bullying, discrimination or harassment. However be aware of the referral process.
  • Committed to promoting USC as a safe, inclusive and diverse university.

USC Ally responsibilities:

  • participate in an interactive training program and commit to ongoing personal education on the experiences of the LGBTIQ+ community
  • publicly identify as an ally by allowing your name and faculty/department to be available 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
Professional Development workshops

Ally Workshops for 2021


USC Allies act as a point of contact for staff and students on LGBTIQ issues and can discuss these areas confidently.

Learn about:

  • LGBTIQ terminology
  • Sexual orientation and Gender identity
  • Myths, values and stereotypes associated with LGBTIQ
  • Different types of discrimination
  • Factors which make it difficult for LGBTIQ students and staff

All Allies will get resource packs so they can clearly display they are allies. Your groups will also be listed as known allies that students can go to.

Students: Register at Student Hub 

Staff: Contact 

For further enquiries email

Definitions, terminology and resources

Terminology/definitions and external resources 

LGBTIQ+ Leadership Bursary 

Scholarships for young LGBTIQ people through the Pinnacle Foundation

Inclusive Language Guide: Respecting people of intersex, trans and gender diverse experiences (PDF)

Queer Social - Is a student led closed facebook group for student from all campuses to chat about USC life and share resources.

Contact a USC Ally

Look for an official ally sign or rainbow flag on an office door or reception counter.

Office of the Vice Chancellor and President
Office of the Vice Chancellor and President
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Kate Hunt
People and Culture
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Catherine Baynham 
Mark McDonnell
Ellie Morrison
Fiona Murphy


Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
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Alicia Berneville-Claye
Shell Clarke
Donna Laffin
Danny Kingsley
Sue Svensen

Sage Pilot
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Elvessa Marshall 
Academic Support Unit
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Dr Ava Farley 
Sonya Smith 
Jodi Winning 
Caitlin Finger 
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Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems
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Lauren Coventon 
Kelly Stewart 
Kerri Salmon 
School of Law and Society
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Dr Larissa Christensen 
Natalie Cairns  
Ashley Pearson  
School of Business and Creative Industries 
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Lee McGowan 
Dr Andy Ward  
Dr Briony Luttrell  
Hannah Banks 
Gail Crimmins 
School of Heath and Behavioral Sciences
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Ava Farley
Daniel Mellifont 
Professor Marion Gray
Dr Florin Oprescu 
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
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Matthew Mason  
Chantal Perera 
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School of Education and Tertiary Access
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Dr Anne Drabble 
Sandra Elsom  
Dericka Frost  
Guy Rushton  
Erin Siostrom  
Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
Graduate Research School
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Lyndal Viney  
Office of Research 
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Samantha Valentine 
Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Quality)
International Office
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Mandy Cilantro 
Georgia Hooper 
Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students)
 Learning Advisors  
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Dr Alison Jaquet 
Deborah Flashman  
Peter Cahill  
Daniel Meloncelli 
Employability and Programs
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Alice Lingard 
Information Services   
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Shayne Simpson

Student Services and Engagement
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Rani Kleinhans  
Bree Glasbergen 
Jessica Bryant  
Anna Hodkinson  
Becca McBride 
Tess Robinson 
Emma Christie 
Anastasiia Kuleshova
Student Wellbeing 
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Sharon Anderson  
Karryn Bratby  
Alex Sharp 
David Duncan 
AccessAbility Services  
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Sonya Holder  
Tali Fairholm 
Indigenous Services 
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Nicole Copley   
Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement)
Community Engagement
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Julie Hobbins  
Veronica Sanmarco 
Marjorie Blowers 
Art Gallery
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Lou Jaeger 
Advancement Office   
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Elizabeth Brooks 
Kate Evans 
Melissa Price 
Marketing and Communications
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Michelle Moore  
Rebecca Cundy  
Holly Tompkins  

Office of the Chief Operating Officer
Asset Management Services
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All Safe USC Community Officers  

Felicity Burridge                        

Campus Coordinator

Robyn Clark                             

Student Services and Engagement

Meredith Young                        

Human Resources 

Sarah Lowry                             

School of Business and Creative Industries 

Dr Shahab Pourfakhimi                 

School of Education and Tertiary Access 

Erin Siostrom                         

School of Law and Society 

Dr Amy Clarke                        

Student Services and Engagement

Joe Del Vecchio                       

Bree Glasbergen                     

Alice Lingard                          

Marketing and Communications

Rebecca Parry                       

USC Student Guild

Emily Wall                               

Events Coordinator

Dan Bolton                                                

How to identify a Student Ally

Many students are LGBTIQ+ Allies and show this by wearing a Diversity Champion Lanyard, Rainbow Lapel Badge or Ally Sticker  on their books or bags.


Renee Curran