The Ally Western Program
Ally Western is an outreach service, constantly working to create a more inclusive university campus, with a focus on understanding and celebrating sexual diversity. It is a sister service to PrideWestern, seeking to empower those at Western who identify as Allies by providing the resources and support required for students to be strong, effective, visible advocates for LGBT people. The overall goals of Ally Western are:
- Create a safe, accepting, and inclusive campus, where sexual diversity is understood, and embraced.
- Reduce fear of discrimination and harassment
- Educate participants about LGBTTQ2 issues
- Create a visible network of support
This service is practical, and applies to a vast and diverse group of people here at UWO (anyone can be an Ally!). For this reason it uses a number of different venues to engage and increase the number of Allies at Western, from activism and awareness efforts, to educational programs and events.
All students are encouraged to visit the Support Services Centre in room 38 of the University Community Centre to pick up their own Ally Western starter kit, which includes a pin, Ally necklace, and safe space card, and help create a more accepting and inclusive life for others on campus. For more information on obtaining educational resources, updates, or to arrange an Ally workshop for your student group, contact the Ally Western Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sessions are free and are open to anyone.
Exemplary effort was made by these students/student groups that have hosted an Ally workshop or held an pro-LGBT event in 2011-2012:
Brescia University College Student Council - http://www.bucsc.ca/
Canadian Asian International Students' Association (CAISA) at UWO - http://flavors.me/caisauwo#
Off Campus Advisors - http://www.has.uwo.ca/housing/oca/
Orientation Week Sophs
PrideWestern - http://www.pridewestern.ca/
GetREAL - email@example.com
Kings University College Student Council - http://www.kucsc.ca/
Social Science Student Council - http://www.ssscwestern.ca/
Undergraduate Engineering Society - www.eng.uwo.ca/ues/
USC Support Service Centre - http://youbelong.ca/