CUHK Hosts Diversity and Inclusion Pledging Ceremony Taking the Lead in Promoting a Diverse and Inclusive Campus
To increase understanding and heighten the awareness of the University community towards diversity and inclusion and to exhibit the University’s commitment in building a diverse and inclusive campus, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) held the Diversity and Inclusion Pledging Ceremony on campus today (4 March). Mr. Ricky Chu Man-kin, Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) and Professor Rocky S. Tuan, the Vice-Chancellor and President of the CUHK officiated at the Ceremony.
In his welcoming remarks, Professor Tuan said, “CUHK is determined to foster a diverse and enabling environment for all our members, and to embrace differences in age, gender, ethnicity, race, religion, physical fitness or ability. We have zero tolerance towards any form of hatred, bullying, violence, discrimination or harassment. We firmly believe that a diverse and inclusive culture is an essential prerequisite for not only the healthy development of CUHK, but also of the entire society.”
Professor Tuan continued, “CUHK introduced its Diversity and Inclusion Policy in July 2020 under a grand mission to safeguard and promote the University’s core values of openness, civility, and inclusivity. We will establish support services to bridge gaps in equal opportunity and ensure that the campus is free from all forms of discrimination. We will make sure all of us who study, learn, do research, work, and live on campus will feel welcome and have a strong sense of belonging to the University. To achieve this, we cannot do it alone. We need the support of every member in the University, and we need your active engagement and constructive suggestions for advancing equity and inclusion.”
Mr. Ricky Chu said, “Universities have significant social obligations and I am delighted to see that CUHK, as one of the pioneering universities in Hong Kong, has taken a proactive role in the promotion and advocacy of equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion. CUHK has a close relationship and long history of collaboration with EOC, particularly in the areas of education and research, since the early 2000s. For example, the research conducted by CUHK’s Gender Research Centre has brought remarkable insights into public education, family-friendly policies, training and mentorship, as well as organisational support. I am confident that the CUHK’s diversity and inclusion work will gain the unfailing support of the University community and bring about a positive impact on society as a whole.”
In the presence of Mr. Ricky Chu, Professor Tuan, together with senior management members of the University, pledged to promote diversity and inclusion on campus. Twenty-seven students also received their appointments as Diversity and Inclusion Ambassadors at this juncture. They will support the University in promoting diversity and inclusion, and by doing so benefit from the leadership training, networking opportunities, and internship experience provided.
The Pledging Ceremony was the first event of the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Week. A variety of events, such as an online game, a movie, a conference, workshops, talks, sharing sessions and a slogan competition have also been organised by various colleges, departments, offices and student associations of the University for students, staff and their families as well as alumni. They represent the collaborative effort of the University community to build a diverse and inclusive campus at CUHK.