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About the Ally and Student Ally programs

Our Ally programs aim to foster a culture that is inclusive of sexual and gender diversity. An Ally is someone who supports the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

About Ally

Curtin established its Ally program in 2006 to help staff, students and community members of diverse sexual and gender identity feel welcome and supported to work and study at Curtin. The program is backed by our Diverse Sexuality and Gender Identity Inclusion Strategy.

The Ally Network is a network of students and staff at Curtin who have completed Ally training, so have a good understanding of the issues faced by LGBTIQ+ people. The Network offers a support network for students and staff, as well as champion inclusiveness in the Curtin community.

About Student Ally

The Student Ally Program originated in the Faculty of Science & Engineering in 2012 with the aim of assisting LGBTIQ+ students transition from university to the workforce. Sponsored by Chevron, the program aims to:

  • help LGBTIQ+ students transition from university to the workforce
  • increase industry relations and equity & LGBTIQ+ networks within employers
  • raise awareness of LGBTIQ+ students and the issues they face with Curtin Faculty members, and
  • raise awareness of LGBTIQ+ support in industry.

Connect with the program on the Student Ally Facebook page.

Become an Ally

Becoming an Ally is a great way to show support for sexual and gender diversity. All you need to do is attend a training workshop, and then you are free to engage in as many or as few of the Ally Network’s activities as you like.

See the Ally Training page for more information.

Pride in Diversity

Curtin is proud to be a member of Pride in Diversity. Pride in Diversity is Australia’s first and only not-for-profit workplace program designed specifically to assist Australian employers with the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTIQ+) employees.

In 2015, Curtin was recognised as Australia’s top university to LGBTIQ+ workplace inclusion for the third year running, and ranked it third overall among Australian employers.