In 2012 Unitec made a stand for diversity and inclusion on campus by implementing the ALLY Network Programme, supported by Queer @ Unitec, and in doing so joined the Trans-Tasman ALLY Network.
Now in 33 Australian universities, Unitec is the only Aotearoa/New Zealand tertiary institution to utilise this programme. The ALLY Network was developed to ensure all staff and students feel valued, respected and connected by creating an environment that values diverse sexualities and genders.
The ALLY Network is made up of gay, straight, cis and diverse gendered staff and students who want to support the building of an inclusive working and learning environment for all.
The one day ALLY workshop draws on personal experiences to raise consciousness about issues around gender and sexuality. Developing skills and understanding of how to be truly inclusive is the aim of the workshop.
At Unitec, we want an organisational culture that fosters an inclusive working and learning environment for everyone.
What is the role of an Ally?
- Publicly identify themselves as an ALLY with an electronic ALLY signoff and a door sign
- Help to raise awareness of DSG issues ( diverse sexualities & genders)
- Initiate conversations to challenge gendernormativity and heternonormativity on campus
- Become an advocate for the network and the importance of its place within Unitec