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 Education||Bianca Coleman (Education)|
|Dr Angela Dwyer (School of Social Science)|
|Dr Lucy Tatman|
|Dr Katsuhiko Suganuma|
|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 & Development||Corey Peterson|
|Global Division||Michelle Weir (Office of Marketing)|
|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 Resources||Jac Sowry|
|IT Resources||Cameron McShane|
|Student Living||William Hohman|
|The Peter Underwood Centre||Dr Sarah Stewart|
|Division of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)||Annika Winter|
|Dr Rebecca Dorgelo (IMAS)|
|Kathryn Montgomery (Athena Swan Project)|
|Dr Helen Stephens|
|College of Sciences and Engineering||Nick Beeton (School of Natural Sciences)|
|Dr Amy Harington|
|Mars Geldard (Student ICT)|
|Brian Yeaman (Student, Engineering)|
|Miaw Yng Lim (College Office))|
|Miles Smith (College Office)|
|Academic Division||Sally Fuglsang|
|Penni Castellana (Student Experience)|
|Kelly Davis (Student Experience)|
|Kathy French (Student Learning)|
|Jennifer Kemp Smith (Student Learning)|
|Scott Wylie (Student Learning)|
|Alexis Smith (Student Wellbeing)|
|Lara Smart (Student Leadership,Career Development Employment)|
|Julia Morrison (Student Operations)|
|Tasmania University Union||Kate Davey (student advocate)|
|Rhiannon Gray (SRC Queer Officer, South)|
|College of Business and Economics||Stuart Schonell|
|Dr Oskaras Vorobjovas-Pinta|
|University College||Jane.Stratton (Pre-Degree Programs)|
|Allison Lonergan (Pre-Degree Programs)|
|Paula Johnson (Pre-Degree Programs)|
|Dominic Lennard (Pre-Degree Programs)|
|AMC||Aiden Luhman (Undergraduate Student, Maritime Logistics)|
|College of Arts, Law & Education||Dr 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 & Development||Daniel Wardrop|
|Carmen Primo Perez|
|English Language Centre||Rob Youngs|
|Human Resources||Christene Sytsma|
|Division of Research||Megan Dean|
|Student Living||Wendy Lee|
|College of Sciences & Engineering||Dr Matthew Springer (Computing and Information Systems)|
|Nicole Dobber (School of Architecture)|
|College of Health & Medicine||Julia Taylor|
|Linda Blazely (School of Medicine)|
|Connor Deckers (School of Health Sciences)|
|Tamara Reynish (Centre for Rural Health)|
|Sport & Recreation||Andrew McCarthy|
|Student Centre||Robert Alderson|
|Darlene McLennan (Disability Coordination Officer)|
|Tasmanian University Union||Nicholas Petrie (Student)|
|Mikayla Harris (Student)|
|Kerry Clough (Student Advocate)|
|College of Business & Economics||Dr Kerryn Butler-Henderson|
|University College||Dr Nicole Crawford|
|University College||Mike Harris|
|Centre for Rural Health||Sharon Dennis|
|Dr Penny Allen|
|College of Arts, Law and Education||Matthew 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 Medicine||Helen Eyles, School of Medicine, Paramedicine|
|Aryelle Sargent (College Office)|
|College of Sciences and Engineering||Megan Verdon (Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture)|
|Human Resources||Jacinta Vanderfeen|
|Institute for Regional Development||Dr Jen Evans|
|Student Centre||Julie Taylor|
|Tasmania University Union||Kylie Baumback TUU Welfare Officer|
School of Health Sciences
|Dr Miguel Iglesias|
|Tracey Thomas (student)|
|School of Health Sciences||Dr Chin-Liang Beh|
|Dr Hazel Maxwell|
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 Ally.Network@utas.edu.au