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Allies on Campus
The Allies on Campus program provides an avenue through which individuals can actively show their support of LGBTQ people.
Allies on Campus is a network of faculty, staff, and students who:
- Are committed to providing a "safe zone" for anyone dealing with sexual or gender orientation issues.
- Respect all people regardless of age, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
- Believe that diversity enriches our lives.
Allies on Campus strive to reduce homophobia and heterosexism through education, advocacy, awareness, and by creating a visible network of allies. The program strives to develop a welcoming and supportive campus environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) students, faculty, and staff.
About Allies on Campus
The Utah State Allies on Campus program was initiated in April 2004 (see history) and developed from the example of allies (also known as "safe zone" or "safe space") programs at other colleges and universities across the nation.
The Utah State Allies on Campus program is comprised of, coordinated, and financially supported by volunteers who are committed to making the USU campus environment one where all students feel safe and supported.
Becoming a Member
Allies are identified by displaying an ALLY sticker at their worksite or on-campus living space. This is not to say that only members of Allies on Campus can help LGBTQA students. It simply helps students identify individuals who:
- Have received some training in LGBTQ issues.
- Strive to reduce homophobia and heterosexism on a personal and professional level.
- Are comfortable with students approaching them to talk about LGBTQA related issues.
- Have made a commitment to provide support and referrals to LGBTQA students while respecting the privacy of individuals who contact them.