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Ally Program

An Ally is...

An Ally is one who works to end oppression/discrimination of the GLBT population in his/her personal and professional life through support of and as an advocate with and for the GLBT population.


The program established by the Dean of Students is intended to support the GLBT population on this campus by:

  • Offering access to faculty, staff and students who support individuals for who they are as individuals (i.e., safe persons).
  • Raising awareness and offering educational experiences and opportunities regarding GLBT issues to all members of the University community.
  • Offering opportunities for confidential discussion.
  • Providing resource information.


  • GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered) persons are a part of every occupation, geographic region, economic class, ethnic group, race, religion, age and lifestyle.
  • A person’s sexual orientation can not be caught or taught.
  • A person’s sexual orientation is not a choice.
  • Homosexuality is not a mental or emotional disorder.
  • At least 10% of the general population are gay and lesbian; perhaps as many as 40% of the population have had gay, lesbian, or bisexual experiences.

Hot Lines/Support Groups

Misericordia University

  • Ally Program (570) 674-6304
  • SART Sexual Assault Response Team (570) 417-8888
  • Counseling Center (570) 674-6408

Community Organizations

  • CDC National Hotline 1-888-843-6408
  • PA Department of Health AIDS Fact Line 800-662-6080
  • Wyoming Valley AIDS Council Wilkes-Barre (570) 823-5808
  • Victims Resource Center (570) 823-0765
  • Help Line of Luzerne and Wyoming Counties (570) 829-1341 Toll Free 800-432-8007
  • GayNEPANortheastern Pennsylvania Rainbow Alliance 
  • DIGNITY : Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Catholics.
  • PFLAG Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
  • Reach Out: A Gay and Lesbian Support Group

Misericordia University Ally Members 2011-2012

A Safe Space in ALLY...
A safe space is a person who does not tolerate anti-GLBT violence and harassment and is open and accepting, thereby creating a safe place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and all students. Below is the list of safe spaces on campus.
Students Faculty Staff
Caroline Azzarelli
Katie Blanchard
Billie Brown
Michelle Bruno
Katie Carboni-Melville
Claire Cellary
Sarah Collins
Andrew Corbett
Alle Flormann
Tori Flormann
Andrea Fondots
Jessica Harper
Hilary Hoover
Melissa Mamed
Gia Mazur
Angela Menditto
James Miller
Erin Mills
Sarah Richard
Kelly Rogan
Ryan Sander
Samantha Scalpone
Alex Smith




Dr. Susan Barker
Dr. Gwen Bartolacci
Dr. James Calderone
Dr. Chip Hunter
Dan Kimbrough
Dr. Charles Lajeunesse
Dr. Alicia Nordstrom
Alison Piatt
Megan Anderson
Darcy Brodmerkel
Kim Caffrey
Donna Ellis
Kit Foley
Dr. Cindy March
Patrick McKamy
Jean Messaros, RSM
Denise Miscavage
Kristen Mitchell Samuels
Cindy Nardi
Alissa Perez
Linda Ross
David Schweitzer
Christine Shenefield
Christine Somers
Cheyne Wago
Carolyn Yencharis-Corcoran
Georgia Young