Allies

RESOURCES FOR ALLIES

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What is an Ally?

An ally is a person who takes a stand against oppression, works to eliminiate oppressive attitudes and beliefs in themselves and their communities, and works to interrogate and understand their privilege. There are many different ways to be an ally to LGBTQIA people and numerous opportunities to become involved with the community at Princeton.

How can I be an Ally?

Allies are encouraged to attend LGBT Center events to learn more about issues that concern LGBTQIA communities. Staff and faculty can attend Ally Project Trainings, held three times per year through Human Resources.

 

Being an active Ally

You can also be a strong and active ally in your everyday life. Here are a few suggestions:

— Attend LGBTQIA events, meeting, and programs on campus

— Attend Pride Week and Awareness Week events

— Become an officer in one of LGBTQIA student organizations

— Become an LGBTQIA Peer Educator

— Critically consider media presentations of LGBTQIA issues and call, email, or write the appropriate parties with complaints, suggestions, or praise

— Don't "out" people unless given permission to do so

— Don't make assumptions, and ask about things you don't understand

— Go see or rent LGBTQIA-themed movies or TV shows

— Go to the New York City, Philadelphia and/or Princeton pride parades

— Have clubs to which you belong sponsor or co-sponsor LGBTQIA or LGBTQIA-friendly activities or events

— Interrupt, confront, or react to homophobic and transphobic jokes, slurs, comments, or assumptions--this can be done privately or publicly

— Join the LGBT Center listserv

— Learn about LGBTQIA pride signs,symbols, and history

— Learn about the LGBT Center, its services, and programs

— Participate in an AIDS Walk

— Post an Ally sticker on your whiteboard, in your room, or next to your door (can be picked up in the LGBT Center). 

— Provide correct information when you hear myths and misperceptions about LGBTQIA peopl

— Provide support to LGBTQIA individuals who are targeted or subjects of heterosexist, homophobic/biphobic/transphobic jokes, slurs, comments, or assumptions—this can be done publicly or privately

— Read LGBTQIA newspapers, magazines, and books

— Recognize that closeted people in your halls, classes, clubs, and jobs are assessing how safe that environment is for them

— Risk discomfort, and take risks to learn and grow as a person

— Remember that there are always people in your halls, classes, clubs, and jobs who are LGBTQIA, whether you know it or not

— Say the words gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual out loud!

— Sign a petition

— Take a class dealing with LGBTQIA issues

— Talk with and learn from LGBTQIA friends, classmates, and colleagues

— Talk with friends informally and openly about LGBTQA events or issues in the news, on TV shows, and in movies

— Understand how heterosexism and homophobia affect both LGBTQIA people and straight and cisgender people

— Understand your own feelings around LGBTQIA issues

— Understand your socialization, prejudices, and privileges

— Understand why you feel it is important to actively be an ally

— Visit the LGBT Center and the LGBTQIA Library in the Frist Campus Center, Room 246

— Vote pro-LGBTQIA

— Wear an Ally or Pride button on your backpack (can be picked up in the LGBT Center)

— When talking about relationships, use inclusive language like "partner" or "date"

This information was adapted from the NYU Office of LGBT Student Services

 

 

 
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THE ALLY PROJECT

The Ally Project is open to faculty, staff, and graduate students who identify themselves as allies to the LGBTQIA community. This program works to build a supportive and affirming atmosphere for LGBTQIA people on campus.


Ally Project workshops are held three times a year and cover a wide range of topics including language, support services, and resources. Designed specifically for staff and faculty, the Ally Project explores ways to better support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and asexual students and colleagues. Register for the next training session at princeton.edu/training. Contact Human Resources with any questions.


Spring 2017 Offerings

Ally Project: Supporting LGBT Students, Staff, and Faculty

Tuesday, March 21, 9am-12pm
Center for Jewish Life, Wilf Auditorium (Room 100)

Designed specifically for staff and faculty, the Ally Project explores ways to better support LGBT students and colleagues and will cover topics, such as: language and terminology, how to support members of the LGBTQIA community, and campus resources. This session will be led by Zerandrian Morris, an adjunct faculty member in the Columbia School of Social Work. Zerandrian Morris is a graduate of Spelman College with a BS in Psychology Pre-Med and a graduate of Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with dual MPH in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, and over the past decade has served as a consultant and advisor to organizations such as The United Nations, NIDA/NIH, The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, The Brown Boi Project, and the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health. She also is a contributing writer to Ebony.com, bklyn boihood, The Brown Boi Project, and Philly Gay Calendar. She is Social Justice Director and member of the Board of Directors of Uniquely You Summit, Inc. and on the Advisory Board of Project I Am Enough.

Sponsored by the LGBT Center, LGBT Employee Resource Group, LGBT Task Force, Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, Office of Human Resource, and Office of the Vice President for Campus Life


Ally Project: Understanding Trans Experiences

Tuesday, March 21, 2pm-4pm
Center for Jewish Life, Wilf Auditorium (Room 100)

This session will discuss the most common questions that come up when addressing gender identity and gender diversity on campus, including the use of language, what it means to identify as transgender or gender non-conforming, the experiences of transgender students and employees, and resources you can utilize as an ally to create and maintain a safe and welcoming campus. This session will be led by Zerandrian Morris, an adjunct faculty member in the Columbia School of Social Work. Zerandrian Morris is a graduate of Spelman College with a BS in Psychology Pre-Med and a graduate of Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with dual MPH in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, and over the past decade has served as a consultant and advisor to organizations such as The United Nations, NIDA/NIH, The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, The Brown Boi Project, and the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health. She also is a contributing writer to Ebony.com, bklyn boihood, The Brown Boi Project, and Philly Gay Calendar. She is Social Justice Director and member of the Board of Directors of Uniquely You Summit, Inc. and on the Advisory Board of Project I Am Enough. Register at princeton.edu/training.

Sponsored by the LGBT Center, LGBT Employee Resource Group, LGBT Task Force, Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, Office of Human Resource, and Office of the Vice President for Campus Life