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We have recently developed a new training program for our Deakin Allies or those wishing to become part of our network.
The Ally network aims to create a more diverse and inclusive culture by promoting greater visibility and awareness of gender and sexuality diverse staff and students and their issues. Central to this project is the training and development of a network of 'Allies', that is, staff and students who are prepared to align themselves with and advocate on behalf of staff and students of diverse genders and sexualities (LGBTIQ).
The impact of homophobia and the stigma associated with same sex attraction has been increasingly recognised in the media and is just one of the issues that will be explored through this workshop. Some of the adverse outcomes on the health and wellbeing of young students include depression and suicide.
More workshops will be offered in 2013.
Key learning areas will include:
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to attend.
Members of Deakin's Ally Network recently participated in Victoria's 18th annual Pride March. A dozen staff and students marched behind our vibrant new rebranded 'Deakin Allies' banner, with others dropping by before the march began to show their support. Deakin staff and students also marched with other groups both social and professional. This year the universities and schools were spread throughout the parade, with Deakin having to march fairly quickly to stay ahead of the Melbourne Rainbow band and their Lady GaGa medley.
Once again the event proved to be a joyous celebration of diversity and community.
The Ally Network was developed with the support of Equity and Diversity.
The Deakin University ALLIES in partnership with Equity and Diversity Unit invited staff and students to celebrate IDAHO at Deakin University.
At Burwood Campus, the Vice-Chancellor launched Deakin's Ally Program. This was followed by an IDAHO event hosted by DUSA with live music.
At Waterfront Campus IDAHO celebrations included morning tea and the chance to be involved in the filming of a YouTube clip of staff and students speaking out against homophobia. The rainbow flag was flown on campus. Mel Martinelli (Equity and Diversity) and Susanne Prosser (Geelong Adolescent Sexuality Program - GASP) introduced Deakin student Luka Campbell, who presented his story. This event was funded by GASP.
At Waurn Ponds Campus there was a stall with information and chocolate frogs. The rainbow flag was displayed.
At Warrnambool Campus one of our Allies presented on 'homophobia, a real perspective', and was introduced by Professor Greg Wood, Head of the Warrnambool Campus. Free finger food was supplied and te rainbow flag was flown on campus.