Ally Network

Promoting an inclusive university culture for people of diverse sexuality and gender identities

  • Provide a visible network of identified ALLIES to people of diverse sexualities and gender identities to be agents of change.
  • Create a safe, nurturing, inclusive, and affirming University environment
  • Build a support and advocacy network through education; develop further awareness and visibility of staff and students of diverse sexualities and gender identities and their issues.

An Ally is someone who is informed about, sensitive toward, and understanding of people of diverse sexualities and gender identities and their issues; affirms their experience and rights; and chooses to challenge homophobic, transphobic and/or heterosexist values of others in a variety of ways including by individual example and personal awareness.

Allies can be approached if there are aspects of your experience at University as a sexually and gender diverse person that you need to discuss. Allies will be happy to listen, provide guidance and be a supportive point of contact. Allies are not counsellors or caseworkers.

Being an Ally requires the following commitments:

  • Participating in a 3-hour interactive workshop to become better acquainted with your role as an Ally, and to develop a better understanding of the issues experienced by people of diverse sexuality and gender identities. Most people grow up with unexamined heteronormative assumptions, attitudes, and behaviours. The process of alliance can take time, and for this reason, awareness raising and information sessions are an important part of being an Ally.
  • Reflecting on personal beliefs and develop self-awareness of your attitudes and commitment to diversity in the community.
  • Publicly identifying yourself as an Ally by allowing your name to be posted on the Inclusion Diversity and Equity website and to be included in information provided to staff and students.
  • Displaying an Ally sign in your workspace and/or use Ally promotional merchandise.
  • Providing a safe place to talk for members of our University community who seek your support, empathy or friendship and information on DGSS (Diverse Genders, Sexes and Sexualities) issues, while maintaining confidentiality. Being open to questions from and about DGSS students and staff.
  • Working within and supporting existing policies and practices that bring equity to the UTAS community and give open support to DGSS people.
  • Attending occasional Ally development sessions and actively seeking to expand your own knowledge and understanding of various issues of concern to sexually and gender diverse persons.
  • To register your interest in becoming an Ally, enquire about upcoming training dates or for further information please contact Christene Sytsma .

Listings are via main campus location, but feel free to contact any person on this list:

College of Arts, Law & EducationDr Rebecca Dorgelo
 Dr Angela Dwyer (School of Social Science)
 Dr Lucy Tatman
  Dr Katsuhiko Suganuma
 Christopher Brophy
 Alexander Pemberton (Arts Student)
 Christiaan McCann (Arts Student)
 Duncan Robinson (Social Work Student)
 Randy Korobacz (Arts Student)
 Elizabeth Freeman (Humanities)
 Mariyam Suha (Social Sciences Student)
 Avalon Premilovac (Social Work)
 Dr Mary Ann Hunter (Education)
COO (Office of)Gina Hadolt
 Janine McGuinness
 Theo Kapodistrias
CSDAlex Kemp
 Corey Peterson
 Jacqui Firth
 Paula Johnson
Global DivisionJenni Klaus (Domestic Student Recruitment)
 Ben Millett
GovernanceBelinda Webster
College of Health and Medicine                    Dr Matthew Kirkcaldie (School of Medicine)
 Allanna Russell (Student, School of Medicine)
 Ellen Bennett (School of Medicine)
 Rosie Smith (School of Medicine)
 Rose Provera (Student, School of Medicine)
 Val Ranson (Psychology)
 Miaw Yng Lim (Faculty of Health)
 Jo Kelder (College Office)
 Eli Pelletier (Student)
 Tanya Wadwell (Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre)
 Miriam Rainsford (School of Psychology)
Human ResourcesJac Sowry
 Pip Rose
 Susie Lacey
 Tracy Doonan
 Julie Preston
ITSCameron McShane
 Maria Moore
LibraryLiz Hellsing
Residential ServicesWilliam Hohman
School of LawOlivia Rundle
Menzies Research Institute Tasmania             Dr Rebekah McWhirter
 Mithun Rajshekar
 Prof Tania Winzenberg
Office of Research ServicesAnnika Winter
 Bonnie Lewis
 Darren Cundy
 Felicity Wilkinson
 Inger Lanzone
 Katherine Shaw
 Marilyn Pugsley
 Sonia Jessup (Domain Research Hub)
 Heidi Auman (SET research Hub)
 Chloe Bibari
 Rose Pongratz (Domain Research Hub)
SET (Faculty of)Nick Beeton (Schools of Zoology/Maths & Physics)
 Mars Geldard (Student ICT)
Student ExperienceSally Fuglsang
 Anna Tayler
 Anika Birmingham (Student Learning)
 Hollie Greeves
 Casey Crouch
 Laura Della-Pasqua
 Brigid Wilkinson
 Jennifer Kemp Smith  (Student Learning)
 Kathryn Montgomery
 Padraig Pearce
 Scott Wylie (Student Learning)
 Alexis Green (Student Wellbeing)
Student Operations

Shauna-Lee Ward

 Cameron Parsons
 Cathy Richard
 Rhonda Hudson
 Thomas McCarroll-Chester
Tasmania University UnionKate Davey (student advocate)
 Rhiannon Gray (SRC Queer Officer, South)
TILTVanessa Warren
TSBEStuart Schonell
 Caley Pearce
 Margaret Kling
 Megan Woods
University CollegeJane.Stratton (Pre-Degree Programs)
 Allison Lonergan (Pre-Degree Programs)
 Paula Johnson (Pre-Degree Programs)
 Dominic Lennard (Pre-Degree Programs)
Arts (Faculty of)Dr Peta Cook
 Carrie Connolly (School of Social Sciences)
 Rachel Galvin (Social Work Student)
University CollegeDr Nicole Crawford
 Rachael Jones
AMCAiden Luhman (Undergraduate Student, Maritime Logistics)
Commercial Services and DevelopmentDaniel Wardrop
 Carmen Primo Perez
Education (Faculty of)
 Di Martin
 Greg Oates
 Liz Breen
English Language CentreRob Youngs
Human ResourcesChristene Sytsma
 Meg Archer
Division of ResearchMegan Dean
Residential ServicesWendy Lee
SET (Faculty of)Dr Matthew Springer (Computing and Information Systems)
 Nicole Dobber (School of Architecture)
School of Social SciencesDr Kim McLeod
 EJ Shu
 Fiona Proudfoot
School of Health SciencesJulia Taylor
 Linda Blazely (School of Medicine)
 Kevin Lyall
Sport & RecreationAndrew McCarthy
Student CentreRobert Alderson
 Darlene McLennan (Disability Coordination Officer)
 Fiona Sheehan
 Jason Thomson
 John Alford
 Lesley Osenieks
 Patsy McCue
 Colin Clark
 Kellie Brandenburg
 Ginni Woof
 Cheryl Jones
 Latha Jeyaraj
Student LearningMerran Rogers
Tasmanian College of the ArtsDr Karen Hall
 Steven Carson
Tasmanian University UnionNicholas Petrie (Student)
 Mikayla Harris (Student)
 Kerry Clough (Student Advocate)
Tasmanian School of Business & Economics (TSBE)Dr Kerryn Butler-Henderson
 Kevin Lyall
 Gemma Lewis
Cradle Coast
APPMike Harris
 Lynette Ireland
 Melissa Finnen
Centre for Rural Health                                                   Sharon Dennis
 Ruth Gray
College of Arts and LawMatthew Williamson (Student, Social Work)
EducationBethany Aitken (Student)
Faculty of HealthHelen Eyles, School of Medicine, Paramedicine
Human Resources Jacinta Vanderfeen
Institute for Regional DevelopmentDr Jen Evans
Student CentreJulie Taylor
 Julie Strickland
 Cathy Hartigan
TIAKaren Christie
Tasmania University UnionKylie Baumback  TUU Welfare Officer


School of Health Sciences

Alex Chan
 Dr Miguel Iglesias
 Tracey Thomas (student)


School of Health SciencesDr Chin-Liang Beh
 Dr Hazel Maxwell
 Julienne Onley
 Richard Say
 Dr Grace Stankiewicz
 Sue Thomson
 Sally Farrington

LGBTI awareness and Ally training

It is recognised that people of diverse sexuality and gender identities are more likely to experience social exclusion for a range of reasons that can have a profound negative impact on health, study and work achievements. As a commitment to inclusiveness and diversity, in 2014 the University established the Ally Network - trained staff and students (Allies) who are supportive of and respectful to people of diverse sexualities and gender identities within the UTAS community, and believe in positive and inclusive behaviours.

Workshops are delivered by educators from Working It Out, and aims to increase cultural awareness by:

  • getting comfortable with language and terminology,
  • gaining some understanding and awareness of issues experienced by people of diverse sexualities and gender identities,
  • cultural differences across gender and sexuality, and
  • looking at the history of LGBTI discrimination and acceptance at an international, national and Tasmanian context over time.

The UTAS context, our relevant policies, the Ally Role and the Ally Network will also be briefly discussed.

The workshops are activities based and highly interactive. Please let us know of any particular accessibility requirements so we can ensure your full participation.

Workshops are held twice yearly please contact Christene Sytsma, Career Development Advisor, HR to register your interest or find out further details.