Griffith University staff and students, committed to maintaining a safe and inclusive learning community, will take part in Ally Network training workshops at Mt Gravatt campus on 21 and 28 September.

The Ally Network provides support for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex students and staff.

There are already 48 trained Network members across all five Griffith campuses but Equity and Diversity Project Officer Shane Barnes says there is a real need for a great many more.

“Our trained staff and students provide vital support for anyone from within the Griffith University community who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex,” Mr Barnes said.

“We want to ensure our University is a place where everyone feels they belong.

Not all members of the Allied Network are themselves be from the LGBTI community.

“Our Allies are people who proactively support a culture of diversity that does not exclude or discriminate on the grounds of sexuality or gender,” Shane said.

The current round of training, for current and new Allies, will be delivered by Queensland Associate Healthy Communities.Following on from these two September events, further training sessions will be offered in early 2013.

The establishment of an Ally Network is an initiative under Griffith’s Equity and Diversity Plan 2011 – 2013 and is designed to enhance University culture and awareness by creating a more welcoming and inclusive environment for students and staff across the University.

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