What is the Alliance?
The Alliance is a volunteer committee of faculty, staff, students and administrators who support education, tolerance, dialogue and mutual respect around the complex issues of human sexuality and sexual orientation within the context of the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and our mission as a Jesuit, Catholic University.
The History of the Alliance
Initially called COSASM, the Alliance was created in 1989 by three members of the Saint Joseph’s community: Richard O’Malley (Administrator), Vincent Genovese, S.J. (Theologian), and Lourene Nevels (Psychologist). The organization was formed as a direct response to the chilling fear and isolation expressed by a gay student in an anonymous letter to the student newspaper.
Espousing the Jesuit educational priorities of the service of faith, the promotion of justice, the care of the whole person, and the effective compassion for those in need, the Alliance affirms that all members of our community, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, deserve to develop their full potential in a safe and accepting climate. The Alliance works to promote mutual understanding and respect, acceptance and inclusiveness.
Lectures and Forums: The Alliance sponsors a number of events throughout the academic year, including faculty panels, guest speakers, films, performances, debates and lectures.
Unity Week: Each fall, the Alliance sponsors Unity Week, six days of educational programming, films, workshops, dramatic performances, panels, and speak-outs to focus attention on the issue of sexual orientation.
Safe Zone: The Alliance periodically offers Safe Zones training to sensitize faculty, staff and students to the reality of anyone with a difference, but particularly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals. Click here to get more information.
MANNA Pie in the Sky: Each fall, members of the Saint Joseph’s Community open their hearts and purchase Thanksgiving pies to raise funds to help the MANNA organization provide regular hot meals to those with HIV.