EAGLE ALLY PROGRAM
What is the Eagle Ally Program (EAP)?
The idea of EAP is modeled from Safe Zone programs; however the EAP broadens the perspective. The EAP will place an emphasis upon providing resources and an opportunity to talk freely to students in need of assistance regarding disabilities, ethnicity/culture, gender, sexual orientation (LGBTQ) and socio-economic/class status.
Purpose of the Eagle Ally Program
The purpose of the Eagle Ally Program is to identify members of the University community who demonstrate support, acceptance and inclusion of people, regardless of their sexual orientation, class, ethnicity, etc. Participants in this program often volunteer to be visible allies and will be provided training to be effective resource people for their workplace and classroom.
The EAP will be open to all staff, faculty and students who are committed to making MSU a safe environment for ALL of its members, including GLBT persons.
Why do we need an Eagle Ally Program?
In a study of college campuses, over two thirds of gay and lesbian college students have reported experiences of harassment and violence while at college. (Norris, 1992)
Our non-discrimination statement states "Morehead State University is committed to providing equal educational opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, Vietnam Era, recently separated, or other protected veteran status, or disability in its educational programs, services, activities, employment policies, and admission of students to any program of study."
How do I become an ALLY?
For more information or to volunteer to participate as an Eagle ALLY, please contact Coordinator, Multiculturalism & Inclusion Office, Shante Hearst at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals will be required to participate in one two-hour training session to include an orientation and LGBT training to place emphasis upon this area as a result of student feedback and the Safe Zone model; and five one-hour training sessions (one training per topic.)
- New Training Sessions will be coming Spring, 2012
Norris, W.P. (1992) Liberal attitudes and homophobic acts: The paradoxes of homosexual experience in a liberal institution. Journal of Homosexuality, 22, 91-120.