I’m delighted to be an LGBT+ ally. Whether it’s through teaching, pastoral care, admissions and outreach, research, or working with colleagues at St Hugh’s College and across the University, I’ve seen how valuable it is for people to show that they welcome and celebrate difference. I’ve also seen the harm that fear and (or fear of) exclusion can cause. This ally scheme is focused around gender identity and sexual orientation, but the principle works in other areas too. We sometimes look for an institution to ‘do something’ about inclusion or tackling prejudice, and this initiative is one way that Oxford is taking seriously the need for (and benefits of!) being open to difference. But we can’t rely only on that: everyone can do something, and those small things add up to major change.
If you are interested in attending the workshop and becoming an Ally, please email: email@example.com