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Being an Ally - A Student Conversation with Valerie Raubenheimer

Executive Champion

Curtin Ally is proud to have Ms Valerie Raubenheimer, Vice President Corporate Relations as our Executive Champion. Valerie is a visible champion for LGBTIQ+ inclusion who regularly hosts network activities and actively communicates the importance of creating an environment where our people (LGBTIQ+ students and staff) are inspired to be themselves.

What is a Curtin Ally?

A Curtin Ally is someone who supports the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) people and who says YES to a safe, inclusive university environment that celebrates the unique talents and perspectives of LGBTIQ+ students and staff.  The best part - you don't have to identify as LGBTIQ+ to become an Ally.

What do Allies do?

Your mission as an Ally is to help create a university environment in which LGBTIQ+ students and staff are accepted and able to be open about who they are.  For example, you are asked to demonstrate solidarity by completing LGBTIQ+ Awareness Training, becoming an active member of the Ally Network, attending events like the annual Pride WA Pride Parade march, wearing an Ally lanyard, or placing rainbow Ally stickers on your stuff and things.  These visible signs of support are simple, fabulous and extremely effective.

Sign me up!

Becoming a Curtin Ally is easy.  All you need to do is complete LGBTIQ+ Awareness Training and sign the pledge - Register through iPerform (requires staff login) or by emailing

Curtin Ally Legends

Vale, Sally Webster, Manager Equity and Diversity.   Hear Sally talk about previous PID awards for LGBTI inclusion in the workplace.

Associate Professor Sam Winter, Board of Directors and Member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health

Dr. Sean Murray, Head Curtin Counselling, Disability and Wellbeing Services

Valerie Raubenheimer, Vice President, Corporate Relations and Executive Ally Champion   


Out Curtin LGBTIQ+ Role Models

Professor Archie Clements, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Health Science

Professor Baden Offord, Director, Centre for Human Rights

Michelle Rogers, Director Student Experience and Chair of Curtin LGBTIQ+ Advisory Group   


Australian Workplace Equality Index

Thanks to the contribution of our Allies, Curtin is proud to be ranked as a Silver Employer in the 2018 Australian Workplace Equality Index Awards for a second year running.


AWEI Silver Award 2018 badge

AWEI Silver Award 2017