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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 Jacinta Vanderfeen.

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

College of Arts, Law and EducationBianca Coleman (Education)
 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)
 Olivia Rundle (Law)
COO (Office of)Gina Hadolt
 Sandi Robertson (Finance)
 Theo Kapodistrias (Legal Office)
Infrastructure Services & DevelopmentCorey Peterson
 Jacqui Firth
Global DivisionMichelle Weir (Office of Marketing)
 Ben Millett
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)
 Dr James Crane (School of Medicine)
 Rose Provera (Student, School of Medicine)
 Val Ranson (Psychology)
 Jo Kelder (College Office)
 Eli Pelletier (Student)
 Tanya Wadwell (Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre)
 Miriam Rainsford (School of Psychology)
 Dr Rebekah McWhirter  (Menzies Reserach Institute)
 Mithun Rajshekar (Menzies Research Institute)
 Prof Tania Winzenberg (Menzies Research Institute)
Human ResourcesJac Sowry
 Pip Rose
 Susie Lacey
 Tracy Doonan
 Julie Preston
IT ResourcesCameron McShane
 Maria Moore
LibraryLiz Hellsing
Student LivingWilliam Hohman
 Daniel Wardrop
 Stacy Ward
The Peter Underwood CentreDr Sarah Stewart
Division of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)Annika Winter
 Darren Cundy
 Dr Rebecca Dorgelo (IMAS)
 Felicity Wilkinson
 Katherine Shaw
 Marilyn Pugsley
 Sonia Jessup 
 Heidi Auman 
 Chloe Bibari
 Rose Pongratz
 Sarah Bascomb
 Kathryn Montgomery (Athena Swan Project)
 Dr Helen Stephens
College of Sciences and EngineeringNick Beeton (School of Natural Sciences)
 Dr Amy Harington
 Mars Geldard (Student ICT)
 Jenni Klaus
 Brian Yeaman (Student, Engineering)
 Carol Jacobs
 Miaw Yng Lim (College Office))
 Miles Smith (College Office)
Academic DivisionSally Fuglsang
 Penni Castellana (Student Experience)
 Kelly Davis (Student Experience)
 Blake Laurent
 Hollie West
 Casey Crouch
 Brigid Wilkinson
 Kathy French (Student Learning)
 Jennifer Kemp Smith  (Student Learning)
 Padraig Pearce
 Scott Wylie (Student Learning)
 Alexis Smith (Student Wellbeing)
 Lara Smart (Student Leadership,Career Development  Employment)
Student Operations

Shauna-Lee Ward

 Cathy Richard
 Julia Morrison (Student Operations)
 Rhonda Hudson
 Thomas McCarroll-Chester
Tasmania University UnionKate Davey (student advocate)
 Rhiannon Gray (SRC Queer Officer, South)
TILTVanessa Warren
College of Business and EconomicsStuart Schonell
 Caley Pearce
 Margaret Kling
 Dr Oskaras Vorobjovas-Pinta
University CollegeJane.Stratton (Pre-Degree Programs)
 Andrea Carr
 Allison Lonergan (Pre-Degree Programs)
 Paula Johnson (Pre-Degree Programs)
 Dominic Lennard (Pre-Degree Programs)
AMCAiden Luhman (Undergraduate Student, Maritime Logistics)
 Greg Cox
College of Arts, Law & EducationDr Peta Cook  (School of Social Sciences)
 Carrie Connolly (School of Social Sciences)
 Dr Kim McLeod (School of Social Sciences)
 Fiona Proudfoot (School of Social Sciences)
 Rachel Galvin (Social Work Student)
 Greg Oates (Faculty of Education)
 Liz Breen (Faculty of Education)
 Dr Karen Hall (School of Creative Arts)
 Steven Carson (School of Creative Arts)
 Jacinta Morgan (Social Work Student)
 Jye Reason (Arts Student)
 Kim Beasy (Faculty of Education)
Infrastructure Services & DevelopmentDaniel Wardrop
 Carmen Primo Perez
English Language CentreRob Youngs
 Chris Jones
Human ResourcesChristene Sytsma
 Meg Archer
Division of ResearchMegan Dean
Student LivingWendy Lee
 Lynda Badcock
College of Sciences & EngineeringDr Matthew Springer (Computing and Information Systems)
 Nicole Dobber (School of Architecture)
College of Health & MedicineJulia Taylor
 Linda Blazely (School of Medicine)
 Kevin Lyall
 Connor Deckers (School of Health Sciences)
 Tamara Reynish (Centre for Rural Health)
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
Tasmanian University UnionNicholas Petrie (Student)
 Mikayla Harris (Student)
 Kerry Clough (Student Advocate)
College of Business & EconomicsDr Kerryn Butler-Henderson
 Kevin Lyall
 Gemma Lewis
University CollegeDr Nicole Crawford
 Rachael Jones
 Merran Rogers
 Mark Thompson
Cradle Coast
University CollegeMike Harris 
 Melissa Finnen
Centre for Rural Health                                                   Sharon Dennis
 Ruth Gray
 Dr Penny  Allen
College of Arts, Law and EducationMatthew Williamson (Student, Social Work)
 Bethany Aitken (Student)
 Angela Burns (Social Work Student)
 Sarena Nisbet (Social Work Student)
 Victoria Rohleder (Social Work Student)
 Colleen Towns (Social Work Student)
College of Health and MedicineHelen Eyles, School of Medicine, Paramedicine
 Aryelle Sargent  (College Office)
College of Sciences and EngineeringMegan Verdon (Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture)
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
 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 Jacinta Vanderfeen, Equity and Diversity Co-ordinator, HR to register your interest or find out further details.

IDAHOBIT and The Dorothies Breakfast

Last week, Working It Out hosted an IDAHOBIT (International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia) and The Dorothies breakfast in Hobart. The University sponsored a table which allowed members of our community to attend the breakfast.

The University of Tasmania were acknowledged for their donation and the team from Working It Out expressed their thanks and gratitude for our contribution.

Working It Out have been providing training to a new group of Allies across campuses over the past few weeks. To find out more visit, contact