Join now! QSA/FinS Mentorship Programme 2015-16 with launch event at Goldman Sachs

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Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) and Fruits in Suits (FinS) collaborate again this year in organising the 6th Mentorship Programme, with the primary goal of establishing a platform for LGBTI university students, or supportive allies, and mentors who are experienced working professionals to interact on a career level. This will involve mentors giving guidance to their mentees in respect of career development, including job applications and interviews, or giving insights about their work experiences in the sector(s) in which they have served or are serving.

As our target participants for the Mentorship Programme would be from the LGBTI friendly community, it would be a great opportunity to discuss LGBTI related issues especially those related to the workplace which we believe would be fruitful to both mentors and mentees. In the past years, we had the majority of mentees from HKU and they were appreciative of having an outlet with someone as accomplished and experienced professional like our mentors and receiving career advice, and some mentor-and-mentee relationships have evolved deeply into long lasting work connections.

This year, we have mentors from a broad range of fields of profession which would help accommodate students with different career aspirations. Mentors are working in different departments at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan, Barclays, HSBC, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Standard Chartered Bank, Citibank, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Credit Sussie, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Statestreet, Nomura, Bloomberg, Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Skadden, Davis Polk, Ralph Lauren, LVMH etc.

The matching exercise would be undertaken based on the profession of the mentor and the academic major or stated preference of the mentee. Hence, we highly suggest our mentees to indicate their preference of mentors clearly during registration to suit their career goals. This matching rationale would be subject to the number of available mentors and mentees in the relevant field. Commitment for the Mentorship Programme will run from this month to May 2016. Alongside the launch event on November 10 at Goldman Sachs, which will be ideally the first occasion for mentors and mentees to meet, we highly suggest our mentees to actively discuss any career matters with their mentors over dinners, coffees, or maybe an outing day at least twice over the period according to the mentee’s career agenda.

All HKU students who are part of or friendly to sexual minorities are welcome to join. If you are interested, please sign up at:

 

Please also find below the details of the launch event:

Date: November 10, 2015 (Tuesday)

Venue: Goldman Sachs 59th Floor, Cheung Kong Center, 2 Queen’s Road Central

Attire: Business casual 

Should you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact QSA at qsahku@gmail.com 

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Inclusion Recruitment Conference 2015

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QSA is organizing its 6th Inclusion Recruitment Conference (IRC). It is a precious occasion to meet recruiters from leading financial institutions and law firms to know more about Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) in the workplace.

This year’s IRC is supported and sponsored by some of the most eminent corporates in the banking, financial and legal sectors in the city, which include: Barclays, BlackRock, Cadwalader, Citibank, Clifford Chance, Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, Hebert Smith Freehills, J.P. Morgan, McGraw Hill Financial, Morgan Stanley, and Skadden. (in alphabetical order)

Event Details:

Date: October 10, 2015 (Sat)

Time: 15:00 – 18:00, registration starts at 14:45

Venue: Novetel Hotel, Wan Chai

Dress Code: Business Formal

Registration: https://goo.gl/UYFEP2

Target audience:

  • University students, primarily in their penultimate or final years, who self-identify as diverse based on gender, sexual orientation, disability,  race, ethnicity, etc.;
  • Corporations that are committed in the area of D&I particularly on LGBT issues; and
  • Members of the public who are interested in the latest D&I developments in Hong Kong’s corporate sector.

Event Overview:

  1. Presentation by Community Business – “Expert Advice: Landscape of LGBT inclusion in Hong Kong workplace”, with the latest publication Hong Kong Best Places to Work for LGBT Guide.
  2. Panel discussions – Speakers from our corporate sponsors and community leaders will discuss D&I issues ranging from campus recruitment to diversity in the workplace. Tentative panels are as follows:
    1. Workplace D&I discussions
    2. Personal and social experience sharing
  3. Exhibition – Recruitment/diversity teams from our corporate sponsors will set up booths where they will interact with our student participants on a more personal basis.

Why attend?

  • Learn about common company policies in recruiting, retaining & protecting diverse talents based on gender,  sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, etc.;
  • Gain a better understanding of the D&I initiatives of leading financial institutions, international law firms and other top-notch businesses;
  • Find out about internship and/or graduate job opportunities; and
  • Network with senior executives and recruiters and get advice on job applications.

About the Organizer

Queer Straight Alliance (“QSA”) is a student organization promoting the rights and welfare of LGBT communities in Hong Kong. Registered as a society in 2008, QSA is currently the largest network of LGBT students, staff and allies across campuses in Hong Kong and it supports its members through social, educational and career initiatives.

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[QSA 2014 Career Series UPDATE!] Inclusion Recruitment Conference 2014

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Following previous years’ success, QSA is once again organizing our annual Inclusion Recruitment Conference (“IRC”), which will be held on 11th October 2014 (Saturday).

Registration will be open soon. More details about IRC2014, including our list of sponsors this year, will be up in a moment. So mark your calendar (11th October 2014, Saturday) and come back soon for updates! In the meantime, click here to learn more about last year’s conference! 

What is IRC?

Over the past few years, QSA has been pioneering the agenda for the discussion of Diversity and Inclusion (“D&I”) in campus recruitment and in the workplace in Hong Kong, with a particular focus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (“LGBT”) topics. Over the past 4 years, the IRC has influenced over 500 participants and created a major platform for the exchange of ideas for dozens of corporate and community leaders from, inter alia, business and finance, law, marketing, education, art and NGOs.

IRC 2014 will be themed “Be Who You Are, Do What You Dream”. This year, we are honoured to have confirmed Dr York Chow Yat-ngok, Chairperson of the Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission, as our Keynote Speaker.

Event Details:

  • Date: 11th October 2014, Saturday
  • Time: 13:00 – 17:00
  • Venue: Lower Lobby, Novotel Century Hong Kong Hotel, 238 Jaffe Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
  • Admission Cost: Free for students; HKD$50 for general public

Target audiences:

  • University students, primarily in their penultimate or final years, who self-identify as diverse (based on sexual orientation, gender, race, ethnicity, etc.);
  • Corporations that are committed in the area of D&I, particularly on LGBT issues; and,
  • Members of the public who are interested in the latest D&I developments in Hong Kong’s corporate sector.

Event Overview:

  1. Keynote speech
    • Speaker: Dr York Chow Yat-ngok, Chairperson of the Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commision (confirmed).
  2. Panel discussions – Speakers from our corporate sponsors and community leaders will discuss D&I issues ranging from campus recruitment to diversity in the workplace. Tentative panels are as follows:
    1. Inclusion in Recruitment
    2. Inclusion in the Workplace
    3. Letter to my Student Self
  3. Exhibition – Recruitment/diversity teams from our corporate sponsors will set up booths where they can interact with our student participants on a more personal basis.

Why attend?

  • Learn about company policies in recruiting, retaining & protecting diverse talents (e.g. based on gender, disability, sexual orientation, race or ethnic group etc.)
  • Gain a better understanding of the diversity and inclusion initiatives of leading financial institutions, international law firms and other top-notch businesses
  • Find out about internship and/or graduate job opportunities
  • Network with senior executives and recruiters and get advice on job applications

 

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QSA 7·1遊行 Out On The Street

多謝大家今日黎支持我地QSA 7·1 遊行活動。有你嘅一分力,我地向提升攣直共融嘅公共意識及追求性小眾平權又踏出了一少步。正正是我們無數的努力,才可以為香港創造平等繁榮嘅未來。

Thank you for supporting QSA 1 July Out on the Street. With your endeavours, we made yet another step towards raising public awareness of LGBT inclusion and the pursuit of equal rights for sexual and gender minorities. It’s the countless baby-steps that we make that will create a better future of equality and prosperity in Hong Kong.

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被問及對參加遊行有什麼感想,QSA之友David Janke有以下的一番話想跟大家分享:

「我很幸運,因為我是英國人,而英國早已為大多少數群體制定了全面的平權法例。這則法例亦受大多英國人的遵循和呵護。但,我記得很清楚,我剛出櫃那年,英國的法律並非如現今如此健全,我也為平權立法而爭鬥過。我正是因為有幸在英國享受平權,今日就與香港LGBTQ群體的兄弟姐妹攜手繼續為他們的權利而奮鬥。我足之疲、我身之倦、天落之雨、皆無法消磨本人之意志,而我已與他們以穩健的步伐遊行了一整個下午。感謝QSA能夠讓我參加,也感謝QSA細心為7.1遊行組織了遊行團。」

When asked about what he felt about joining the march, David Janke, friend of QSA, has the following to say:

“I am privileged to come from the UK, where the rights of the majority of minorities are enshrined in law and ardently defended, but it wasn’t always so, and I have taken part in the fight for them at home. It is this battle won in the UK that spurred me to unite with my brothers and sisters in the Hong Kong LGBTQ community and beyond, gather in pouring rain, and continue to fight for equality. My feet hurt, my body is weary, but my spirit has been fortified from today’s march. Thank you to QSA for organising a group to take part and allowing me to join in.”

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QSA Post-apocalypse X’mas Party 2012

 

 

 

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Everyone has a gay friend…

First they came for the socialists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemöller

 

The recent rejection of the motion to urge the government to conduct public consultation on sexual orientation discrimination proposed by Cyd Ho (何秀蘭) raises some interesting certain questions about the society we live in and the legislators which represent us.

Most people would agree, for example, that it is unfair to discriminate against a blind person for being blind or a woman for being female; that it is unfair to punish a person for something they did not choose or that is a fundamental part of who they are.  Most would also agree that it may be necessary to protect these people from unjust treatment, to ensure that the majority can be protected from the majority against the small element of evil that is always present.

And in our society most would agree and that such protection would logically fall into a legal framework, in other words some kind of anti-discrimination legislation.

Most would also agree that the application of such legislation should be universal.  If there is legislation in place to ensure the protection of the blind, then there should similarly be legislation in place for the deaf.  Most, when asked to think it through, would agree that protecting one minority and not another makes no sense, that both should be protected, or neither.

So there we have it, three basic principles most would agree makes our society just and fair:

  1. that some groups may need to be defended because of something they did not choose;
  2. that a legal framework is a primary mechanism for a government to provide  that protection; and
  3. that the application should be universal.

But if the protection of the disabled minority or women is logical, then why isn’t the protection of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (“LGBT”) community similarly logical? 

The simple answer is that it is, and that it should be.

Let us be very clear, being gay is not a choice.  Indeed, for many gays and lesbians, life might be a lot simpler without the need to face issues of acceptance, tolerance and discrimination.

It is precisely this logic that probably led Cyd Ho to propose and Regina Ip (葉劉淑儀) to support legislation.  It is precisely this logic that led to the motion being passed in the geographical constituency, but regrettably, failed in the functional constituency.

Even if we accept that it is logical to enact anti-discrimination legislation for the LGBT community, as we have for the disabled, for women, and for ethnic minorities, what difference will doing so make?  If we live in a society where it is still okay, despite the law, to discriminate against the LGBT community, regardless of how illogical that may be, will putting legislation in place actually make any difference?

The answer is probably and unfortunately no, or at least not as much as one would hope.

Simply by enacting legislation, it is not automatically ensured that people’s rights are guaranteed.  While legislation may provide a legal framework in which to pursue those who actively discriminate in the work place, it is probably not going to dissuade people from giving ‘funny looks’ in the street, or from crossing over the road.

Furthermore, will enacting legislation actually prevent active discrimination?  To do so the law would need to be enforced, and people would need to be willing to report breaches of the law. However, in a relatively conservative city like Hong Kong, the reality of the situation is that, unfortunately, they are unlikely to. 

If there is not the will in the police or the judiciary to enforce the law, then there is more than likely going to be less of a desire to enforce the law in society and in the workplace itself.  While the legislation may be in place, without it being enforced it is as good as useless.

The chance of this becoming a reality, that legislation is enacted but never enforced, can be reduced by a careful and watchful eye being placed on the police and judiciary.  This is true of all civil liberties and the work of civil liberty groups should ensure that it never occurs. 

Similarly, if there is not a will in the general population, be that by a gay or straight person, to report discriminatory activities, then again the legislation is as good as useless.  Until there comes a time when it is not only okay for a someone to be gay, but it is okay for their parents, family and friends to know they are gay, then any anti-discriminatory legislation will never be as effective as it could be.

It is this that brings us to the heart of the matter.  Until such a time that the majority of society is willing to accept and protect the rights of the LGBT community against a minority who may be vocal in their opposition, then true equality, fairness and enforcement of any anti-discrimination legislation to protect against small evils will not be truly achievable.

It is the recent actions of the likes of Ray Chan (陳志全), Anthony Wong (黃耀明) and Denise Ho (何韻詩) along with the hundreds and thousands of brave and mostly unknown individuals who marched at the 4th annual pride parade. And perhaps most importantly every mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, friend and even grandmother, who is accepting, understanding and loving which is going to build the framework for our ultimate success.

Perhaps what every one of you reading this should bear in mind is that whether you know it or not, whether you want to accept it or not, and whether you like it or not; you will have met a member of the LGBT community at some point, they are your friends, they are your relatives, they are people you know, like, trust and care about.  Just because they are gay does not mean they are any different from you or I. They are just as deserving of a level playing field that is free of discrimination as anybody else.

Everyone has a gay friend; you might just not know it yet…

 

Francis Chiang (PCLL 2013, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong)
Vice President, QSA, 2012-2013
e: frannncis@gmail.com

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Inclusion Recruitment Conference 2012

DARE TO BE DIFFERENT!

Date: Saturday 13 October 2012
Time: 13:00 – 18:00
Venue: Empire Hotel Hong Kong, 33 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Admission: Free for students; HKD50 for general public
Registration: Email us your 1) name 2) curriculum 3) UID 4) contact no. 5) year of study with Title: Registration: Inclusion Recruitment Conference at qsahku@gmail.com before 11 October 2012.

Introduction
The objective of the Inclusion Recruitment Conference is to encourage businesses and elite students in Hong Kong to recognise the increasing importance of diversity and inclusion in recruitment and workplace, which is an increasingly popular topic in both the commercial and institutional atmospheres in Asia.

Participating industries

  • Banking / Finance
  • Law
  • Business / Corporate
  • Shipping
  • Media / Entertainment
  • Non-Profit Organisations (NGOs)
  • Education

Participating Speakers

  • To be confirmed

Event Programme:

To be released soon

Who should attend?

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate students (in particular female, LGBT, international and exchange students, students with disabilities)
  • Recent graduates
  • HR / Diversity professionals
  • NGOs
  • General public interested in inclusion and diversity and HR topics

History of Inclusion Recruitment Conference
Last year’s event was attended by over 150 delegates from universities across Hong Kong as well as professionals in HR / Diversity fields. The event also attracted sponsors and speakers from a variety of industries, predominantly the financial sector in HR / diversity departments. More information can be found on the  facebook page.

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Sponsors:


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