Building student involvement, fostering civic engagement and enhancing community service to advance public health. 

Spectrum, the LGBTQIA+ club on campus, is running a “Take the Pledge” initiative for LGBTQIA+ identifying people and Ally’s to outwardly show their support for the community by placing a sticker of the Progress Pride Flag on your ID/Badge.

Beginning on Wednesday, March 2nd from 10am–1pm, on the 15th floor of the dental school, we will be available for YOU to take the pledge and receive a sticker on your ID/Badge. More dates and times will be announced shortly.

 

The Pledge is attached to this post. If you would like to receive a sticker please make sure you read it thoroughly and understand what it means to display this outward sign of support to your fellow LGBTQIA+ students, staff, faculty, and patients.

Spectrum’s Pledge

 

ALLY PLEDGE

AS AN ALLY I PLEDGE TO STAND AGAINST HATE BY FIERCELY DENYING AND SPEAKING OUT
AGAINST:

Ableism – discrimination, prejudice, dislike and/or hostility against people with or perceived to
have disabilities.
Ageism – discrimination, prejudice, dislike and/or hostility against people on the grounds of their
age.
Antisemitism – discrimination, prejudice, dislike and/or hostility against Jewish people.
Classism – discrimination, prejudice, dislike and/or hostility against people who belong to a
particular social class.
Homophobia – discrimination, prejudice, dislike and/or hostility against homosexual people.
Misogyny -discrimination, prejudice, dislike and/or hostility against women.
Queerphobia – discrimination, prejudice, dislike and/or hostility against people who are not
heterosexual and cisgendered.
Racism – discrimination, prejudice, dislike and/or hostility against people based on their
membership of a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized.
Sexism -discrimination, prejudice, dislike and/or hostility against people based on their sex.
Sizeism – discrimination, prejudice, dislike and/or hostility against people based on their size.
Transphobia – discrimination, prejudice, dislike and/or hostility against transgender people.
Xenophobia – discrimination, prejudice, dislike and/or hostility against people from other
countries.
Islamophobia – discrimination, prejudice, dislike and/or hostility against the religion of Islam or
Muslims in general.

AS AN ALLY, I PLEDGE TO STAND FOR LOVE BY ACTIVELY AND CONTINUOUSLY SUPPORTING
THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN IGNORED, MISUNDERSTOOD, MISTREATED AND OTHERED BY
SOCIETY. I WILL USE MY WORDS AND RESOURCES TO SINCERELY UNDERSTAND, UPLIFT AND
SUPPORT:

BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color)
LGBTQIAP (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, Queer, Questioning, Intersex,
Asexual, Pansexual) People
People of all gender expressions – How a person publicly expresses or presents their gender.
This can include behavior and outward appearance such as dress, hair, make-up, body language
and voice. A person’s chosen name and pronoun are also common ways of expressing gender.

People of all gender identities (Male, Female, Transgender, Gender Neutral, Non-Binary,
Agender, Pangender, Genderqueer, Two-Spirit, Third Gender)
People of all ages
People of all sizes
People with disabilities
People of all ethnicities
AS AN ALLY I PLEDGE TO SHOW MY SUPPORT IN THE BELOW ACTIONABLE WAYS EVERYDAY:
WITH WORDS
Words matter and have power. I will work to edit my language to be welcoming, not limiting, to all people.
Conversation – I choose to actively speak up for equality and inclusivity to my employees, friends, family
and strangers. If I hear a racist, homophobic, transphobic, size shaming, age discriminating or
disability-based joke or remark, I will respond and stand up for those being targeted. I will correct
misinformation when I hear it, and I will work to start new conversations around these issues.
Language – I will be more thoughtful to use inclusive language and terms in my everyday conversations,
on my website, forms, contracts, and on all social media for both employees and clients. I will focus on
putting people first, not their characteristics, as we are more than our descriptors. I will use gender-neutral
language in common phrases and job titles such as fireman/firefighter, policeman/police officer,
salesman/salesperson, mailman/mail carrier, businessman/businessperson. I will replace the words crazy,
nuts, psycho and insane with worlds such as wild, confusing, unpredictable or impulsive. Words matter
and have power, I will work to edit my language to be welcoming to all people and not limiting to some.
Pronouns – I will honor and normalize the use of people’s pronouns (She/Her, He/Him, They/Them/,
Ze/Hir, Ey/Em, Other). I will do this by asking, not assuming.
WITH RESOURCES
I’ll use my resources to find ways, both small and large, to demonstrate my support for BIPOC (Black,
Indigenous and People of Color) + LGBTQIAP (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, Queer,
Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual) people, people with disabilities, people of all sizes, ages,
ethnicities, gender identities and expressions to join in helping move equality forward and prevent the
spread of hate.
Time – I will volunteer my time with organizations that uplift, empower and better the lives of those who
have been ignored, misunderstood, mistreated and othered by society.
Social media platforms – I will work to support, share and promote posts that encourage equality,
diversity and inclusion. I will follow and engage with accounts that are different from me to help me
understand and learn more about them. The walls of hate come down when we learn more about those
we do not understand.
Hiring – I will make every effort to consider BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) + LGBTQIAP
(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual)

people, people with disabilities, people of all sizes, ages, ethnicities, gender identities and expressions for
any open position(s), including internships, in my company. Hiring the best person for the job is the goal,
but I will be sure to advertise the position in places where a more diverse group of candidates are likely to
see it and apply for it.
WITH IMAGES
I will be thoughtful and intentional in the images I share on my website and all social media channels to
include a diverse array of people, including all races, genders, ethnicities, sizes, abilities, sexualities and
ages. If I do not have such images, I will work thoughtfully and genuinely to get them via a styled shoot or
by volunteering my services at an organization serving marginalized communities. When casting for my
styled shoots, I will not tokenize (make a symbolic effort to be inclusive) my models. I will do it because it
is important and meaningful, not trendy.
WITH EDUCATION
I will attend webinars, workshops, talks and trainings on diversity and inclusion. I am committed to always
learning and growing as an ally.


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