Allies on Campus: A Different Sort of Orientation

28 Mar

Pinnacle Foundation

During orientation week in February, Jenny Cameron participated in an orientation event with The Pinnacle Foundation. Pinnacle provides scholarships for 16-24 year old lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTIQ) students to assist them in their final year of secondary school or their higher education. Each scholarship holder has an academic mentor, and Jenny is the proud academic mentor for a UON student in 2017.

Jenny says “The orientation was fantastic. I got to meet a group of amazing young people who are studying in so many different areas, and who have such a mature outlook on life. I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to learn from this group of young people who are encountering not only the challenges but also the joys of a life’s journey.”

The orientation included an address by one of the Foundation’s three patrons, The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG (Australia’s longest serving judge before his retirement from the High Court in 2009). There was also an address by one of the previous scholarship holders, Dibs Barisic Sprem.

The Patron-in-Chief of the Foundation is Her Excellency the Hon Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and the third patron is Prof Kerryn Phelps AM (former Federal President of the Australian Medical Association). The Foundation’s motto is “Lighting the spark within!”.

Tip for LGBTI students and staff: 

We have an ALLY network of staff and students on campus that have an understanding of LGBTI people and the issues and concerns they encounter.

The ALLY network works to lift consciousness of LGBTI issues across our campuses and promote a more welcoming, diverse and inclusive culture at UON. We want everyone to feel safe and happy in who they are so if you ever need, ALLIES can provide ‘point of call’ for LGBTI support and referrals to appropriate services. Check here to find an ALLY on campus to talk to.

Forthcoming UON Forum:

Gender Diversity and Inclusive Teaching: A forum to improve our campus culture

13 April, 9am-1pm. The Treehouse (Shortland Building)

Dr Paul Hodge from Geography and Environmental Studies will be co-facilitating the respectful learning space at the start of the forum.


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