Since 2015, the Ally Network has educated staff on LGBTIQ issues, helping to provide a safer and more inclusive space for students. The network has brought together a community of staff to support and celebrate LGBTIQ people at Monash, and every year members of the network march at Midsumma Pride March and observe LGBTIQ days of significance, like IDAHOBIT and Wear it Purple.
And now, the network is available to students. You too can be a part of this inclusive community! By joining the Ally Network, you’re helping to make change happen. Everyone is welcome – you don’t have to identify as LGBTIQ to join.
How to join
To join the network, you need to attend a half-day Ally Training session. This training makes sure you understand the basics of LGBTIQ inclusion and the role of an ally at Monash.
The student training is delivered by our student trainers, and it’s peer-led, so you’ll get an insight into the experiences of LGBTIQ students at Monash.
We’ll be launching the expansion of the network as part of our Wear It Purple Day webinar on Friday 28 August. Hear from out and proud role models in the Monash LGBTIQ community and learn about the importance of allies in creating change.
Training will be available very soon, but you can register your interest now to receive updates as we roll out the new network and training.
While you wait for your training session, you can take part in Queer 101. This Moodle module teaches you about the basics of the LGBTIQ community.
What it means to be an ally
As an ally, you’re an active and visible advocate for LGBTIQ inclusion at Monash. As well as taking part in celebration events, you’ll:
- share what you’ve learned with others
- correct harmful myths and stereotypes
- call out inappropriate behaviour and negative comments
- display symbols of inclusion (e.g. Ally Network lanyards, stickers, and pins).
Who is in the network
You can read about some of the staff in the network on the ally profiles page and view the full list of staff allies. You can always ask classmates if they’ve done ally training too, and it might be a great way to make new friends.