Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


The Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences actively promotes Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) for all of our staff and students.  To this end, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Sub-committee was established under the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) Programme Committee in August 2022 to assist the BVM Programme Committee and BVM Executive Team in:

  • Encouraging learning, deliberating, and understanding about DEI, and providing support and opportunities to all underrepresented groups
  • Leading improvements in DEI across the BVM Program
  • Continuously improving the BVM Program, by creating an environment that facilitates optimal research, education and work for all
  • Promoting respect for all; reflected in all internal operations with a view to overcome systemic barriers in order to model an inclusive society built on respect for one another
  • Ensuring awareness and sensitivity training to staff and students associated with the BVM program
  • Warranting fair and transparent treatment for all in academic and professional service roles, especially with regard to recruitment, retention, promotion with a focus on inclusion
  • Leading policies, events and other activities related to promotion of DEI
  • Working alongside other sub-committees, when required to provide guidance on specific DEI issues that impact workplace complexities

DEI Poster

If any of our staff or students have concerns or questions related to DEI matters, please feel free to contact Dr. McElligott as Chair, or other members of the committee.  Any correspondence that we receive will be treated as strictly confidential.



The DEI Sub-committee composition will include at least 8 members from diverse communities:

  • 4 members nominated by the Dean, 4 members nominated by the Associate Dean & Director of Veterinary Affairs
  • The number of male and female members will as near as possible to equal
  • There will be at least one undergraduate student representative
  • Attending scheduled meetings as often as possible
  • Wholeheartedly championing inclusivity related to within JCC DEI activities
  • Self-reflection and awareness, to ensure that the Committee itself is representative and inclusive

Membership list

Chair: Dr. Alan McELLIGOTT, Associate Professor (PH)
Members: Prof. Vanessa BARRS, Dean (JCC)
  Dr. Pawel BECZKOWSKI, Assistant Dean and Director of Veterinary Affairs of the Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences (JCC)
  Dr. Wenlong CAI, Assistant Professor (PH)
  Dr. Kwan Ting, CHOW, Assistant Professor (BMS)
  Mr. Khizar HAYAT, Early Career Researcher Representative
  Dr. Cherry LEE, Scientific Officer (JCC)
  Mr. Darrian LEUNG, BVM student
  Dr. Rebecca PARKES, Assistant Professor (VCS)
  Prof. Olivier SPARAGANO, Professor (PH)
  Ms. Devika SURESH, BVM student


Left = Equality, everyone has been provided with a box to see over the barrier. 
Middle = Equity, boxes have been provided based on need. 
Right = Inclusion, looking at how to change the environment and remove all barriers
Valbrun, V. (2017) Equity vs. Equality: Eliminating Opportunity Gaps in Education.
Year Meeting Date Minutes
2022 1st 6 October 2022 JCC BVM DEI Meeting 1 Minutes
2022 2nd 20 December 2022 JCC BVM DEI Meeting 2 Minutes


Article Title / Video Publication Date Weblink

JCC BVM DEI Action Plan (2022/2023)

CityU Seminar on "Why Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Matters to JCC Vet Medicine Seminar" by Richard Shah (Supervisor, Communication Coaching, Department of Infectious Disease and Public Health, City University) 29 March 2023 video
CityU Seminar on "Beyond the Tick-Box: Embedding Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in our Universities"
by Dr Christine Thuranira-McKeever (Vice-Principal, Royal Veterinary College, University of London)
14 September 2022 video
CityU University Life and Activities Promoting Inclusion   link
CityU Diversity and Inclusion Training   link
CityU Creating a sexual harassment-free campus   link
SCMP Conversations: Towards an Inclusive & Diverse Workforce in Hong Kong January 2022 video
Why Inclusive Leaders Are Good for Organizations, and How to Become One 29 March 2019 link
Improving diversity, inclusion in vetmed requires 'sustained effort' link
A Guide for Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine   web icon
AVMA - Journey for Teams - provides a pathway for veterinary professionals to deepen knowledge of DEI, and foster the advancement of DEI in veterinary workplaces   web icon
AAVMC Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Glossary   fileicon
Gender-diverse teams produce more novel and higher-impact scientific ideas 29 August 2022 link
The public has been taught that scientific insight occurs when old white guys with facial hair get on the head with an apple or go running out of bathtubs shouting "Eureka!". That's not how it works, and it never has been. 11 May 2023 link
Women were already unequal in the world of global health.  The pandemic made it worse 24 March 2023 link
American Association of Veterinary Medical College - Diversity and Inclusion on Air - Conversations about Diversity, Inclusion & Veterinary Medicine   video
British Veterinary Ethinicity and Diversity Society   web icon
Purdue University - College of Veterinary Medicine - Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion   web icon
Scientists with intersecting privilege must work towards institutional inclusion   fileicon
Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Diversity and Inclusion   web icon
Supporting mothers, empowering women. We raise awareness of the barriers faced by mothers in STEMM and advocate for workplace equity and inclusion   web icon
Guide to Organizing Inclusive Scientific Meetings - Where to Start   link
Ten Simple Rules to Achieve Conference Speaker Gender Balance 20 November 2014 link
There is strong evidence that the Athena Swan Gender Charter (UK) processes and methodologies have supported cultural and behavioural change - not just around gender equality and diversity in all its forms 28 August 2019 link
Inclusive Scientific Meetings: 500 Women Scientist   web icon
Women and LGBTQ+ people aren't tokens - don't treat them as such 25 November 2022 link
Better Allies. Everyday actions to create inclusive, engaging workplaces   web icon
Research: How to Be a Better Ally to the LGBTQ+ Community 12 April 2023 link
One veterinarian's remarkable journey to becoming a successful veterinarian and educator despite the physical and mental setback she has endured throughout her life 8 June 2021 link
How science can do better for neurodivergent people 2 December 2022 link
The Pregnant Scholar (Tools to Support Student Parents), University of California College of the Law, San Francisco, USA   link
Heeding the happiness call: why academia needs to take faculty mental health more seriously 13 February 2023 link
To support LGBTQ+ researchers doing fieldwork, 'an eye toward safety' is key 8 February 2023 link
Supporting LGBTQIA+ ecologists: pronouns and gender neutral language   link
Allyship requires action 1 May 2023 link
I'm a trans scientist - here's my advice for navigating acdemia 31 March 2023 link
How to include and recognize the work of ornithologists based in the Neotropics: Fourteen actions for Ornithological Applications, Ornithology, and other global-scope journals 7 February 2023 link
Inequity and Research Culture. Prof. Athene Donald, University of Cambridge 29 January 2023 link
Racial inequalities in journals highlighted in giant study 28 April 2023 link
Parallels between biodiversity and human diversity: A mandate to improve ecological and organizational health and vitality 5 January 2023 link
Little transparency and equity in scientific awards for early- and mid-career researchers in ecology and evolution 3 April 2023 link
Overcoming the gender bias in ecology and evolutions: is the double-anonymized peer review an effective pathway overtime? 10 April 2023 link
The Lancet Group's commitments to gender equity and diversity 10 August 2019 link
How UK science is failing Black researchers - in nine stark charts 14 December 2022 link
Equity for Women in Science - Dismantling Systemic Barriers to Advancement   link
See, hear and empower women: it is time to 'walk the walk' to eliminate manels in sport and exercise medicine/physiotherpy   link
Socioeconomic roots of academic faculty 29 August 2022 link
When scientific conferences went online, diversity and inclusion soared 27 January 2022 link
Gender bias in teaching evaluations: the causal role of department gender composition 8 December 2022 link
Foster neuroinclusivity at scientific meetings 6 December 2022 link
Ten simple rules for supporting historically underrepresented students in science 16 September 2021 link
Making science more accessible to people with disabilities 4 December 2022 link
Sticky steps and the gender gap: how thoughtful practices could help keep caregivers in science 16 November 2022 link
Recommendations for making editorial boards diverse and inclusive 21 October 2022 link
Unpaid  Internships - such positions undoubtedly provide valuable work experience, but only for those who can afford them, and this can prevent scientists from less-well-off backgrounds from entering the field 3 June 2015 link
Unsalaried internships and placements hinder inclusion and diversity, say scientists petitioning doe a fairier approach 15 October 2020 link
It's Time to Officially End Unpaid Internships 26 May 2021 link
Scientists in the discipline (Marine Mammalogy) and elsewhere say that uncompensated internships and work placements create barriers to inclusion and diversity 29 September 2020 link
Unpaid work and access to science professions 19 June 2019 link
Improving student success through social belonging 4 May 2023 link
The geoscientist fighting for universities to confront systemic racism 19 October 2022 link
Why Nature is updating its advice to authors on reporting race or ethnicity 11 April 2023 link
Analysis shows women who publish physics papers are cited less often than men 19 October 2022 link
Professors in their department's gender minority receive worse ratings from students, potentially hurting their chances for tenure and promotion 20 January 2023 link
Citation inequity and gendered citation practices in contemporary physics 6 October 2022 link
How well-intentioned white male physicists maintain ignorance of inequity and justify inaction 5 October 2022 link
Don't walk on by: how to confront bias and bigotry aimed at others 30 September 2022 link
Welcome to the ACS Inclusivity Style Guide.  This guide aims to help American Chemical Society staff and members communicate in ways that recognize and respect diversity in all its forms 29 September 2022 link
A guide for developing  a field research safety manual that explicitly considers risks for marginalized identities in the sciences 20 September 2022 link
Universities can do more to support their students with disabilities 13 September 2022 link
Recruiting male allies boosts women at work 13 September 2022 link
A set of principles and practical suggestions for equitable fieldwork in biology 16 August 2022 link
Scientists from historically excluded groups face a hostile obstacle course 23 December 2022 link
"That's so gay" and other words that sting: Microaggressions that harm LGBT+ colleagues 13 October 2021 link
How we're putting diversity, equity and inclusion at the heart of our strategy 26 March 2021 link
Underrepresented faculty play a disproportionate role in advancing diversity and inclusion 3 June 2019 link
Australia's strategy to achieve gender equality in STEM 9 February 2019 link
Effect of Gender Composition on Group Performance 16 December 2002 link




Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Veterinary Education
Importance and Potential Way Forward for Asia 

A webinar organized by AAVS.

Date: 29 June 2023 (Thursday)
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm Japan Standard Time (JST)
Venue:  Online Via Zoom
Register: Link
For further information about the event, please contact: secretary@aavs.jpn.org.




Sharing Our Stories Workshop 

Date: 27 June 2023 (Tuesday)
Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm HKT
Venue:  Judith and Gary Cheng Student Career Centre, R4009, BOC
More details: Link
For Staff Application: Link
For Student Application: Link
Application deadline: 20 June 2023 (Tuesday)




Expert Educators Seminar Series (EESS)
Small Changes to Foster Inclusive Teaching in Science and Engineering

Date: 3 May 2023 (Wednesday)
Time: 10:30am - 12:00noon (HKT)
Venue: Mr & Mrs David T F Chow Lecture Theatre (LT-4, YEUNG, CityU)
Application: Link




Staff Talk: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Its Impact on Interpersonal Relationships

Date: 19 April 2023 (Wednesday)
Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm (HKT)
Venue: Judith and Gary Cheng Student Career Centre, R4009, BOC
Application: https://bit.ly/35zfHhn

Queer Data



Public Lecture: Queer Data - Who's Counts?

(The University of Hong Kong)

Date: 19 April 2023
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm (HKT)
Register: https://bit.ly/QueerData




Why Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Matters to JCC Vet Medicine Seminar

Date: 29 March 2023
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Venue: Room 6-212, LAU & via ZOOM
Register: https://forms.gle/hbP8HTRnSvrt3uP8A

Pakistan Night



Pakistan Night

Date: 31 January 2023
Time: 7:30p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Venue: Joseph Lee Hall 3rd Floor, AC2
Register: Link




IDEA Campaign 2023: Embracing Diversity

Date: 31 January - 3 February 2023
Time: 11:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Blue Zone, 4/F, Yeung
Details: Link



LGBT+: Sharing Our Stories Workshop
for CityU Staff

Date: 6 January 2023 (Fri)
Time: 2:30p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Pao Ho Mei Chun Classroom (B5-208), YEUNG
Application: Link
Deadline: 29 December 2022 (Thu)

External Events


SCMP Event


Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Summit

  Date: 1 February 2023 (Wed)
  Register: Link


Gay Games 11

The world's largest inclusive sports, arts & culture event

  Date: 3-11 November, 2023
  Details: https://www.gghk2023.com/en/




The Origins and Importance of PRIDE month

June is celebrated as PRIDE Month in many parts of the world, particularly in the Western Hemisphere.  It is a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, their achievements, and struggles.  The origins of PRIDE Month can be traced back to the Stonewall riots of 1969 in New York City.  At that time, it was illegal to engage in same-sex relationships, and LGBTQ+ individuals faced discrimination and harassment.  On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village, and attempted to arrest its patrons. This triggered a series of protests and demonstrations, which continued for several days, as members of the LGBTQ+ community stood up against police brutality and demanded equal rights.

The Stonewall riots are considered a pivotal moment in the LGBTQ+ rights movement and marked the beginning of the fight for equality for LGBTQ+ individuals. In the years following the Stonewall riots, LGBTQ+ individuals and allies began organizing marches and parades to commemorate the events of 1969 and raise awareness of LGBTQ+ rights issues.

The first PRIDE march was held in New York City in June 1970, and similar events took place in other cities across the United States. Over time, PRIDE events have become more inclusive, and today they often feature a diverse range of LGBTQ+ individuals, including those who are transgender, non-binary, queer, and questioning.

PRIDE Month is important because it provides a platform for the LGBTQ+ community to celebrate their identity and raise awareness of the challenges they face. It is a time to recognize the contributions of LGBTQ+ individuals to society and to call attention to the ongoing struggle for equal rights.

In recent years, PRIDE Month has taken on a global significance, with events taking place in countries around the world. It has become an important symbol of the fight for LGBTQ+ rights and an opportunity for individuals and organizations to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community.

In conclusion, PRIDE Month has its origins in the Stonewall riots of 1969, and it is now celebrated as a time to honor and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. It is an important reminder of the progress that has been made in the fight for equality and the ongoing work that still needs to be done.

Hong Kong PRIDE parade is usually held in November each year. https://hkpride.net/


Ramadan - A month of Blessings and Compassion

Syed Saad Ul Hassan Bukhari and Khizar Hayat
Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences, City University of Hong Kong



Muslims all over celebrate the arrival of Ramadan, which is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is also regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam. All Muslims over 12 are expected to fast from dawn to sunset this month except for those who have some physiological or pathological condition in which fasting may impair their health further. The dates of Ramadan change with the phases of the moon. It commences with the new crescent moon and ends with the completion of a lunar cycle phase.

Religious Practices:

On a typical Ramadan day, Muslims start their day early to eat a pre-fast meal called suhoor before dawn. During the day, Muslims are prohibited from consuming any food or drinks. Depending on the location and season, people in certain regions need to fast for as long as 20 hours.

After sunset, families break their fasts with an evening meal called iftar by eating dates (or something sweet as per the sunnah of Holy Prophet Muhammad SAW) and drinking water. From traditional cultural foods to special delicacies, Muslims celebrate the end of a long day of fast with large gatherings of family and friends. In fact, a common practice is sharing iftars with other underprivileged community members. In some communities, regular free iftar meals are hosted for the homeless on every night of Ramadan.

Reasons for Fasting:

For Muslims, fasting is an act of worship resulting in God-consciousness development. The spiritual rewards are also known to be multiplied during this month as Muslims need to exercise self-discipline and restraint. Furthermore, it allows Muslims to nurture compassion for the needy and become more grateful for every blessing bestowed upon us. Muslims often donate to Islamic charities and read the Qu’ran (Holy book) as a form of their reverence to the religion.

End of Ramadan:

Upon the completion of Ramadan, Muslims globally celebrate Eid ul-Fitr or Festival of Breaking the Fast. On this day, Muslims wake up early and dress in their best attire to attend the congressional Eid prayers. The rest of the day is spent with family and friends while consuming good food and giving gifts to loved ones.

Ramadan for 2023 starts on the evening of Wednesday, March 22nd, lasts for 30 days and ends at sundown on Thursday, April 20.



Rabbit Main



Chinese lunar new year is one of the most important festivals for Asian countries. It is the first day of the new year according to lunar calendar (a calendar based on the monthly cycles of the Moon's phases), thus the dates would be different each year, compared to the static dates on the solar calendar. This year, the CNY begins on 22 January 2023, and the celebrations last for around two weeks usually. This is a time for family reunions, visiting relatives and friends and exchanging greetings for the coming New Year. CNY also marks the transition between the zodiac signs. Eating traditional rice cakes represents a wish to be successful and 'higher' (a homophone of ).  Elders give red envelopes (Lai see) with money inside, known as 'lucky money', to children as a blessing of passing a year of good fortune.  For 2023, it’s the Year of the Rabbit!

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People across the world celebrate it differently depending on the region, and there are so many traditional things to do during CNY.  Much of Chinese New Year is about Unity and Harmony, so it’s the perfect time for family reunions. Family members may have travelled long distances to return home for their New Year’s Eve reunion dinner. Spring Festival gala is a popular show for people to watch, which is broadcasted by CCTV from 8 pm on new year’s eve until 2 am of the next day.  In the north, people will eat dumplings with all of their immediate families for the first day of the year, while people in the south will usually eat traditional rice cakes, which represent a wish to be successful and ‘higher’ (a homophone of ). Houses are thoroughly cleaned and decorated with red paper with words for good fortune and luck. Elders give red envelopes with money inside, known as ‘lucky money’, to children as a blessing of passing a year of good fortune. In Hong Kong, it is commonly known as Lai See, and given not only to children, but also those who provide service. It is another way to wish another good fortune in the new year.
Here in Hong Kong, shops and supermarkets stock all kinds of Chinese delicacies, e.g. sweetmeats, melon seeds and packets of specialties such as groundnuts which the Chinese must obtain and store up for the festival. Little orange trees are seen everywhere, and are meant to bring good luck. Homes are spruced up, new cushions and carpets are bought to give the home a new look. With the approach of the lunar new year, we would like to use this opportunity to wish you all a happy lunar new year and make good progress in the speed of “rabbit”!                                   

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For more information on Lunar Chinese New Year please visit: https://www.discoverhongkong.com/uk/explore/culture/how-locals-celebrate-chinese-new-year-in-hong-kong.html