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Tarleton Ally Program

Become a Tarleton Ally

What is an Ally? An Ally is any Tarleton student, faculty, or staff member who displays an Ally placard outside of their office or residence hall room. The placard plays an important role in the Allies program. This small sign identifies the person as an individual who is willing to provide a safe space, respectful listening, and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. 

To become an Ally, attend our training workshop (known as an Advance). In the workshop, we explore what it means to be an Ally, the specific responsibilities, and the benefits. At the end of training, you will have the option to sign a contract as an Ally. After signing, you will receive your placard. Review our dates and times and sign-up using the online form in the column to your right.

The training is an important step in understanding the roles of Allies on campus. As an Ally, you will have more continuing education sessions that you might want to take part in. You can choose your level of advocacy and visibility as an Ally. The Allies program is run through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which is housed under Student Success and Multicultural Initiatives.

Allies training is open to the Tarleton community. Sessions are available a few times each semester -- but we are willing to work with your schedule if your group, department, or organization would like to have an Allies Advance training workshop. Please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for additional information.

Read more about Allies from the GLAAD perspective.

Tarleton is a Welcoming and Inclusive Community

Even if you are not an Ally, you can and should still foster a respectful culture on campus. Embracing the Tarleton code of conduct creates a welcoming campus with the goals of civility, valuing others, and respect.

Tarleton Ally Advisory Board

The Tarleton Ally program is guided by the Ally Advisory Board. Board members for the 2014-2015 academic year include: Ms. Christy Singleton, Ms. Dana Moore, Ms. Misty Smith, Dr. Beck Munsey, Ms. Prairie Parnell, Dr. Holly Lamb, Mr. Jake Hoon, Ms. Crystal Money, Ms. Emily Treadaway, Dr. Lora Helvie-Mason, and a seat held by a student member of the Tarleton Gay-Straight Alliance. 

Meet our Tarleton Allies!

Our Allies can be recognized by their placard in or around their workspace. Allies are supportive, open-minded and accepting people on campus. They are willing to listen, to talk, and help foster a supportive environment for students, faculty, and staff -- you can reach out and contact many of our Allies. If you are interested in becoming a Tarleton Ally, explore the upcoming Ally Training sessions and please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (, 254-968-9488) today! Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Lora Helvie-Mason (Contact Lora), would love to talk with you about our Ally program.

Our Allies are an important part of campus. The following Allies encourage you to reach out and connect with them: 

  • Michael Brooks, Michaelis Academic Center, MAC 124, Waco Campus - Contact Michael
  • Clint Dennard, College of Education/Psychology, Waco Outreach Campus  - Contact Clint
  • Tonya Dobson, 201 Dick Smith Library, Stephenville Campus - Contact Tonya
  • Prairie Endres-Parnell, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, Stephenville & Waco Campuses  - Contact Prairie
  • Brenda Faulkner, Director of Student Success Programs, Thompson Student Center room 15, Stephenville Campus - Contact Brenda
  • Trina Geye, College of Education and Student Disability Services, Stephenville Campus - Contact Trina
  • Shannon Hankhouse, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, Waco Outreach Campus - Contact Shannon
  • Lora Helvie-Mason, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Thompson Student Center, 21a, Stephenville Campus - Contact Lora
  • Tancy Horn-Johnson, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, Criminal Justice, Waco Outreach Campus - Contact Tancy
  • Chris Ireland, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, Fine Arts room 163, Stephenville Campus - Contact Chris
  • Jason LaTouche - Contact Jason
  • Ellin Mayfield, Student Success and Multicultural Initiatives, Stephenville Campus - Contact Ellin
  • Rebecca Miller, College of Education, Howell 371B, Stephenville Campus - Contact Rebecca
  • Pat Morningstar, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Thompson Student Center, 21, Stephenville Campus - Contact Pat
  • Beck Munsey - Contact Beck
  • Marcus Parks - Contact Marcus
  • James Reed, College of Agriculture, Stephenville Campus - Contact James
  • Kym Schow, Dick Smith Library - Contact Kym
  • Misty Smith, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, Social Work, Stephenville Campus - Contact Misty
  • Stan Swam, Employee Services, Stephenville Campus - Contact Stan
  • Marcy Tanter, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, English, 331 OA Grant Building, Stephenville Campus - Contact Marcy
  • Caris Thetford, Career Services - Contact Caris

10 ways to be an Ally and a friend - Resources from GLAAD

How to be an Ally - University of Utah

Guide to being a straight Ally - PFLAG

TAMU Allies - Texas A&M University

Ally Training

Upcoming AllyTraining Workshops will be held on the following dates. Please sign up using our ONLINE FORM as spaces are limited. Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you at an upcoming Allies Workshop!

  • Wednesday, September 10, 9:30-11:00 AM, TSC 219, Stephenville Campus
  • Thursday, October 23, 9:30-11:00 AM, Library Multipurpose Room, Stephenville Campus
  • Wednesday, November 5, 9:30-11:00 AM, TSC 219, Stephenville Campus

Don't see a date that works for you? Please contact us -- we will add training sessions specific to groups as small as four and strive to work around your schedules. 

Seats are limited, so please reserve your space by filling out the online form or by phoning The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 254-968-9488.