Ally Network

The purpose of the IU South Bend Campus Ally Network (CAN) is to help visibly affirm and support IU South Bend students, staff, faculty, administrators and alumni regardless of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

Ally Training

IU South Bend - CAN provides training for individuals who are interested in becoming trained allies and joining the campus-wide network. The training curriculum includes information about terminology, campus resources and policies, identity development, the role of an ally, and other topics relevant to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning individuals. The training combines direct instruction with opportunities for active participation.

  • Session Information
    • For each training block, session 1 will be an online session via One.IU
    • Session TWO will be a face-to-face session that will take place on a specified date.
    • Please be sure to register by the deadline for the training block in which you are interested. Only registered participants will be added to the training module.
    • You must take session 1 and session 2 in the SAME training block.
  • Past Session Layout (example)

    Fall 2016

    Block I
    • Session I | Online via Canvas
    • Session II | Face-to-face
    Block II
    • Session I | Online via Canvas
    • Session II | Face-to-face

Current Allies


  • Guide to Being a Straight Ally |

    The incredibly detailed honest forthright fully comprehensive completely blunt shockingly simple wonderfully helpful and witty exposition on a topic that sometimes makes people blanch but really shouldn’t because this compelling open and straight to the point (no pun intended) little publication will demystify the secret world of gay people and be your tried and trusted guide to being a straight ally.

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  • LGBTQ Student Resources and Support

    According to the National School Climate Report, 86 percent of LGBTQ youth reported being harassed at school, compared to 27 percent of students overall. School years can be challenging for all students, yet those who identify as LGBTQ often face additional pressures or concerns. Within this guide, LGBTQ students can find resources and information about support systems available to help them navigate both high school and college environments.

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    We strive to enrich our campus through a variety of social activities, both formal and informal, that will be designed to celebrate and promote diversity.

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  • Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

    Our 400+ chapter network provides confidential peer support, education and advocacy in communities in nearly all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Our 200,000+ members and supporters cross multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas. PFLAG has been saving lives, strengthening families, changing hearts, minds and laws since 1972. Our family and ally voice is integral to advancing equality.

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  • The TREVOR Project | 866-4-U-TREVOR

    The Trevor Helpline is the only national crisis and suicide prevention helpline for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. The Helpline is a free and confidential service that offers hope and someone to talk to, 24/7. Trained counselors listen and understand without judgment

Sara Sage | Co-Founder
Linda Young | Co-Founder