In response to the continual needs of the LGBTIQ community, the goal of UM Allies is to provide spaces that are highly visible and easily identifiable for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning students, faculty and staff where support and understanding are key and bigotry and discrimination are not tolerated.
UM Allies is an opportunity for UM staff and faculty regardless of sexual orientation to take a prominent role and active role in developing and maintaining a culture of safety and inclusion at UM.
An Ally has been trained and is willing to be visible to and available for members of the LGBTIQ community on the UM Campus.
LGBTIQ students often find campus environments to be unwelcoming and even hostile. Students whose emotional and physical safety is at risk can experience fear and anxiety, isolation and invisibility, fear of disclosure and high levels of stress. This can lead to attrition and turnover among promising LGBT students and staff. Erasure and heterosexism can lead to feelings of invisibility and effect how people interact on campus. As allies, we reemphasize that "we are a stronger and richer campus when all individuals can feel safe to celebrate their true selves."
Attend a training. These 2.5 hour training sessions will include a panel discussion, small group discussions and activities, information about privilege, oppression, and the LGBTIQ community, and tips for how to be an effective ally. Everyone who participates in the training will also receive a training manual that includes definitions, resource materials, and referral information for programs and services in the community. Attendees can decide, at the end of the training, whether they feel ready to be an UM Ally!
Spring 2008 survey of 5,150 LGBTIQ individuals and heterosexual allies at 100 institutions nationwide:
The University of Montana-Missoula provides to all people the equal opportunity for education, employment, and participation in University activities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, age, political ideas, martial or family status, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation. Responsibility for effecting equal opportunity accrues to all University administrators, faculty, and staff.
Protects Missoula residents from housing and employment discrimination based on ‘actual or perceived…sexual orientation, gender identity or expression’.
Missoula Police Officer Nicole Pifari is the LGBTIQ Liaison Officer for the Missoula Police Department. If you need to contact Officer Pifair, her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Her voicemail ONLY number is (406)552-2298, and the general switchboard is (406)552-6300.