College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Boosting a Sense of Belonging and Connectedness among Students

Joyful laughter and smiles filled the long-emptied lecture theatre–a rare and happy occasion since the pandemic struck. Faculty members and students of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) gathered to witness the Inauguration of the CLASS Student Chapter on 1 June 2021. Participating students were all thrilled and excited to become the founding members of the CLASS Student Chapter. 

In his welcoming remarks, Professor Richard M WALKER, Dean of CLASS, asserted that the College actively cultivated interdisciplinary education and sought to bring students of different disciplines together to interact and collaborate with one another. “I was very delighted that we have a group of enthusiastic students who are the core members of our Student Chapter,’ said Professor WALKER. “They display strong commitment to serve our student community, to strengthen the cohesiveness and sense of belonging of students with CLASS and the University.” The Dean thanked the Office of the Vice-President for Student Affairs, the Student Development Services and the College’s Working Group led by Professor Hon S CHAN, Associate Dean (Undergraduate Education and Quality Assurance), for their valuable support and advice to the Student Chapter in its establishment and development. The Dean hoped that the Student Chapter would enrich students’ learning experiences at CLASS and CityU.

At a simple but important Pinning Ceremony during the Inauguration, Professor Raymond CHAN, Vice-President for Student Affairs, presented a pin with the emblem of the CLASS Student Chapter to the Core Leadership Team, Chairperson Raven CHAN, Internal Executive Joyce CHAN and External Executive Ryan HO, to mark an official commencement of the Student Chapter.

The emblem manifested the Student Chapter’s endeavour to build a strong network to connect with fellow students in the College. “We are determined to forge belonging and growth in members of our student community with our work, to engage in conversations, and to foster a close relationship among CLASS students,” said Raven. “We shall work together to explore new ideas, unleash potentials and make positive changes to our community.”

The Student Chapter also strived to offer an array of educational opportunities for students to learn together, share knowledge and cultivate ideas. Joyce and Ryan introduced the upcoming activities planned by the Student Chapter. These include online workshops to help students prepare for internships, a ‘CityU Go Grow Goal’ project to encourage active participation in student activities, and Zentangle art jamming sessions on mental wellbeing. The variety of activities planned by the Student Chapter seek to provide a diverse experience for students geared towards career, educational, social as well as personal developments. Check out the Student Chapter webpage for more details.

Cover photo:  Vice-President for Student Affairs Professor Raymond Chan (5th from the left of the back row) joins the Dean of CLASS Professor Richard M Walker (middle of the back row) and faculty staff of the College in celebrating the inauguration of the Student Chapter.