In 2012, Unitec made a stand for diversity and inclusion on campus by implementing the Ally Network Programme.
What is the Ally Network?
Now in 17 Australian universities, Ally is an initiative that aims to create a more inclusive culture by promoting greater visibility and awareness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) staff and students and their related issues. Unitec is the first New Zealand tertiary institution to utilise this programme.
The Ally Network is made up of gay and straight staff and students who want to support the building of an inclusive working and learning environment for all.
Unitec joined the Trans Tasman Ally Network in June 2012, in association with the University of Western Australia (UWA), and supported by Queer@Unitec.
What is the role of an Ally?
After attending a training workshop, Ally members make the commitment to the following:
- Publicly identify themselves as an Ally with a door sign
- Create a safe place for staff and students to support diverse sexualities and genders (DSG)
- Help raise awareness of DSG issues
- Become an advocate for the network and the importance of its place within Unitec