Congratulations & Thank You to our Ursinus Allies! The faculty, staff, and students found in the links below have completed Ally Training – a new Ursinus program to help create safe spaces for LGBTQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) members of the UC community. Ally training is for anyone interested in providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment. Allies now proudly display a magnet (see below) in their office or workspace – a symbol to identify each as an open and understanding resource for students struggling or wondering about sexuality issues. The LGBTQA Connection is proud to support a culturally diverse and mutually respectful environment, where every member of the College community feels safe, respected, and accepted. Special thanks to Emily Arndt ('13) and her faculty mentor, Professor Greg Weight, for researching and creating Ally training during the 2011 Summer Fellows session.
12 POWERS OF AN ALLY
1. The power to understand that the world is enriched by everyone – including lesbian, gay, bisexual,
2. The power to believe in the equality and dignity of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender and their right to live and pursue freedom from discrimination, intolerance and bigotry.
3. The power to grow as an individual in your own personal development as a result of knowing and
accepting those with different sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.
4. The power to deeply learn about the civil injustice and human indignity faced by lesbian, gay,
bisexual transgender people today.
5. The power to lend your voice to those silenced, stand together and take action for others.
6. The power to listen with your heart, not with your ear ready to respond.
7. The power to lend hope and love to someone who feels alone, isolated and without a place to go.
8. The power to live with discomfort, take risks and challenge humanity to change.
9. The power to acknowledge your own privilege and be willing to use your privilege to advocate for others.
10. The power to have a vision, a dream, a passion for an inclusive, multicultural world for all people.
11. The power to create a ripple-effect of change one person at a time.
12. The power to be who you are for someone else.
Source: Power of an Ally Action Guide by CampusPride.Net