ALLIES Program Mission
To develop and maintain a network of informed faculty and staff who are willing to be visibly supportive of students who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, and who will work to foster a campus climate in which all students, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, may feel safe, supported, respected, and affirmed.
ALLIES is a program developed and coordinated by the University Counseling Center and Outreach Programming, in conjunction with the GSA student organization. Prospective ALLIES are asked to attend a training session, during which they receive information on the challenges faced by sexually diverse students. ALLIES are then asked to voluntarily display the ALLIES symbol on their office door indicating they will be supportive of gay, lesbian or bisexual students, as well as be intolerant of homophobic behaviors by others. This program is about making our university campus climate safer for all students, regardless of sexual orientation.
Basic Guidelines for ALLIES
- Respect the privacy of student who may seek you out for support, information, or resources: keep these contacts confidential.
- Respect students’ changing experience of self as they explore their sexual identity: use language that reflects where the students are in their developmental process.
- Respect students’ rights to remain closeted: there can be tremendous negative consequences to coming out for many students, including the loss of friends, family, financial support, and basic safety.
- Respect the boundaries of the students with whom you have contact: maintain clear, professional boundaries as a teacher, advisor, or advocate at all times.
- Respect the needs of students who are beyond what you are trained to provide: refer students for counseling when appropriate. If a student is experiencing a good deal of psychological distress and is having difficulty coping, suggest that counseling may be helpful.