Sexuality and gender diversity
Macquarie University celebrates and supports sexual and gender diversity. In 2011 and 2012, Macquarie University was recognised with Pride in Diversity Australia awards. In 2012 the annual Australian Workplace Equality Index ranked the University joint seventh (and equal first public organisation) nationally, in their Top Ten Australian Employers Awards. This award acknowledged the University's support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTIQ) staff and the inclusiveness of the workplace culture. The high visibility, acceptance and celebration of sexual and gender diversity demonstrates the university's commitment to inclusion, one of Macquarie's key strategic aims.
The Equity and Diversity Unit coordinates the Macquarie University Ally Network, which provides visible support to the LGBTIQ community on campus. Membership of the Network is voluntary. To become as Ally, staff are required to attend an introductory workshop. The Network is made up of staff and students who have agreed to combat homophobia and who are aware of LGBTIQ issues. A weekly e-bulletin is sent to all Allies on local, national and international issues, news and events. Allies are not experts, and may or may not be from the LGBTIQ communities. They act as important points of contact for those staff and students who are experiencing confusion about their sexual or gender diversity, are considering 'coming out' or require more information. They may act as trusted 'sounding boards' for LGBTIQ staff experiencing workplace issues and be a risk mitigating factor in terms of potential sex based bullying and/or harassment.
The Ally Network provides the opportunity and resources for Allies to support their colleagues, friends, and family members, and has a significant positive impact on organisational culture.
There are over 100 Allies at Macquarie, including 80 staff.