ALLY Program

The ALLY Program at Misericordia University works to provide campus wide a network of support for LGBTQIA students, by providing them with affirmation and acceptance necessary to excel academically and socially. We seek to create greater awareness about the social issues faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA) community.

What is an ALLY:
An ALLY is a person who comes alongside any LGBTQIA student as a friend providing support. An Ally can be anyone in or out of the LGBTQIA community.


  • Raise awareness and offer educational experiences and opportunities regarding LGBTQIA issues and concerns to all community members at Misericordia University.
  • Offer Safe Space training to all Misericordia University community members
  • Provide opportunity for mentoring and resource information
  • Offer opportunity for individual discussion
  • Offer access to faculty, staff, and students to support LGBTQIA members for who they are, and wherever they are on their life's journey

ALLY Officers

Adam Ercolani

Vice President
Ethan Hunsinger

Margarite Connor

Communications Chair
Kayli Boyes

Charmaine Aguilar
Banks 109

Safe Space

Misericordia University community members who have completed a formal Safe Space Training have pledged to create and affirm to create an accepting environment for all community members regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity/expression.

Safe Space Allies may have a sticker placed on their door. Multicultural Office hosts a Safe Space training event every Fall semester open to all members of the Misericordia University community.


Defined as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual

Sexual Orientation:
A person's sexual identity in relation to the gender to which they are attracted.

Gender Identity:
How individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. One's gender identity can be the same or different from their gender assigned at birth.

Gender Expression:
External appearance of one's gender identity, usually expressed through behavior, clothing, haircut or voice, and which may or may not conform to socially defined behaviors and characteristics typically associated with being either masculine or feminine.

An umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from cultural expectations based on the sex they were assigned at birth.


9th Annual: Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA
Bloomsburg University
Nov. 4-6, 2016

Prudential: Developing Talent
University of Scranton
Nov. 2, 2016

Creating Change Conference: Advancing
LGBTQ Liberation
Philadelphia Marriott Hotel
January 18-22, 2017

Transgender Awareness Conference
Geisinger Commonwealth School
of Medicine
April 10, 2017

Prudential: Developing Talent and Mentoring
Misericordia University
Rolling academic year: once a month


Calendar of Events

ALLY Events

Bisexual Awareness
National Coming Out Day - Misericordia
National Coming Out Day - Philadelphia
Safe Space Training
RENT at Scranton Cultural Center
Holocaust Remembrance Day
Transgender Visibility Day
Lesbian Visibility Day


Community Organizations and Resources

Misericordia University Resources
ALLY Program Resource office (570) 674-616
SART: Sexual Assault Response Team (570) 417-8888
Counseling Center (570) 674-6408

Community Organizations:

  • GLBT National Hotline Help Center 888-843-4564
  • PA Department of Health AIDS Fact Line 800-662-6080
  • Wyoming Valley AIDS Council Wilkes-Barre (570) 823-5808
  • Victims Resource Center (570) 823-0754
  • Help Line of Luzerne and Wyoming Counties (570) 829-1341

GayNEPA: Northeastern Pennsylvania Rainbow Alliance
DIGNITY: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Catholics.
PFLAG: Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbian and Gay individuals.
ReachOut : Gay and Lesbian Support Group

Coming Out - Philly

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