Macquarie University is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive campus where all people can safely work and study free of harassment or discrimination. We provide services and support for staff and students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and with diverse genders and sexuality, and part of that support system includes the Ally Network.
What is an Ally?
An Ally is a staff member or student on campus who, through attending professional development, is aware of the issues faced by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) community. Allies become a point of contact on campus for anyone interested or affected by these issues, as well as an agent of change who challenge homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism.
- are staff or students
- provide a confidential and safe environment for people to make enquiries about issues related to matters of sexual diversity and gender identity
- show leadership through being publicly supportive of sexual diversity and display a sticker at their workstation or office door and identify themselves as MQ Allies
- increase respect and inclusion of LGBTIQ staff and students
- role model non discriminatory practices and language
- pro-actively combat, wherever possible, homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism on campus
- provide information.
Allies are not experts about matters of sexuality and gender identity and may or may not be from the LGBTIQ community. They are people who support the University's commitment to equity.
Become an Ally
To learn about what it means to be an Ally at Macquarie University, staff and students undertake a half-day professional development workshop to increase their knowledge, understanding and awareness of issues affecting members of the LGBTIQ community including:
- Exploring the difference between sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and intersex status.
- Empathising with the lived experience of LGBTIQ people and explore some of the issues facing the community.
- Challenging the assumptions held about LGBTIQ people and recognising the diversity and intersectionality of their identities.
- Understanding the university’s commitment to supporting sexual and gender diversity and why LGBTIQ inclusion is important.
- Developing skills to become an active bystander, learning how to combat homophobia, transphobia, heterosexism and other forms of prejudice.
- Understanding the role individuals play as agents of social change.
For more information about the Ally Network, or to register your interest in a workshop, please contact the Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Team on +61 (2) 9850 1975 or send an email to Ally Network Coordinator, Lauren Dillon at email@example.com.
See the Ally contact list (PDF) for contact details of Allies at Macquarie.
Pride In Diversity
Pride in Diversity is the national not-for-profit employer support program for LGBTI workplace inclusion specialising in HR, organisational change and workplace diversity. Pride in Diversity publishes the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI), Australia’s national benchmarking instrument for LGBTI workplace inclusion.
Macquarie University has been an active member of Pride In Diversity for several years now and in 2015 were recognised as a Bronze tier employer through the AWEI. Based on this index, this positions Macquarie University in the top 5 Australian universities in gender and sexuality diversity inclusion for that year.
Through our membership we are able to access some excellent resources and online training. Please visit the website to find out more.
External Support and Services
- All Macquarie staff have access to the services of the Davidson Trahaire Corpsych Employee Assist Program (EAP) who provide a wide range of confidential support and counselling services.
- PFLAG (Parents And Friends Of Lesbians And Gays) is a non-profit, voluntary organisation whose members have a common goal of keeping families together. PFLAG are able to give support and provide information to families and friends of LGBTIQ people.