The newly established Equal Opportunities Committee of Lingnan University organised its first activity, a talk entitled “Screening of Ethnic Minority Short Films + Discussion”, on 12 November. The event attracted many students, staff members and representatives from neighbouring community organisations to participate.
In his welcoming address, President Leonard K Cheng pointed out that Lingnan University always upholds the core values of a diversified campus and respect for students and staff with different backgrounds. The idea of equal opportunity echoes with Lingnan’s liberal arts and whole person education. He announced the formal inauguration of the Equal Opportunities Committee of Lingnan University to promote an equal and harmonious learning and work environment without discrimination and barriers.
Mr Kelvin Mak, Senior Policy and Research Officer of the Equal Opportunities Commission, was invited to introduce the current equal opportunity legislation in Hong Kong and latest developments. At the screening session that followed, three short films produced by some south Asian youths who participated in the Hong Kong Arts Centre’s “All About Us” scheme were featured. The films allowed attendees to hear the voices of ethnic minorities who were often being neglected, labelled and even discriminated against in society. Some of the short films’ directors and actors talked about their production experience and thoughts in a sharing session moderated by Prof Lisa Leung Yuk-ming, Chair of the Equal Opportunities Committee of Lingnan University.