LGBT Ally Network
The Ally Network is a group of self-identified faculty, staff, teaching assistants, graduate assistants, and resident assistants, who work both to facilitate the development of all students around issues of sexual orientation and to improve the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered students at the University of Illinois. Allies can be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered (LGBT) or heterosexual. Members of the Ally Network support and actively realize these goals in a variety of ways:
- Providing information and education
- Raising awareness
- Engaging in political and social advocacy
- Through personal example
The Ally Network strives to examine and address the obstacles presented by homophobia and heterosexism to the LGBT communities and to the straight community alike. The Network is sponsored and administered jointly by the SODA Committee of the Counseling Center and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center.
To become part of the Ally Network, you must attend one full training (offered multiple times per year). As part of the training, we supply you with an Ally Manual (PDF copy), as well as a poster, which you can display to let students know of your Ally status. There is also an additional Transgender Ally Training offered two to three times per year. Ally Network events/meetings are organized monthly from September through May and are announced through the listserv. Any interested individuals are welcome at these events/meetings regardless of whether or not they have attended the formal training. These events/meetings provide a forum for additional training and discussion for those of us in the Network. Additionally, we maintain an e-mail listserv of all Allies to distribute information. Meetings and future Ally Trainings will be advertised on the listserv, as well as in E-week.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Alejandro Gómez at (217) 333-3704 or Leslie Morrow at (217) 244-8863.
The Faculty/Staff Ally Training Manual is shared material. If you intend to use it for your own training, we ask that you credit SODA at the Counseling Center, and the LGBT Resource Center at the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Relations. Thank you!