Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lead, English Schools Foundation
Steadfast in their belief that “social justice is not lone-wolf work”, Hope is a committed advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and has been actively sharing their lived experiences with different communities to promote awareness and understanding of gender, race and disability issues.
As a young, queer professional of Asian heritage, their intersectional identity in different parts of the world offers them a unique perspective and drive to pursue diversity and inclusion. After spending their formative years in Europe and Australia, they returned to their hometown and embarked on a journey with a commitment to promoting a more inclusive society.
Working as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lead at the English Schools Foundation, Hope witnesses the gaps in curriculum and teaching approaches between international and public school systems. To them, quality education should look beyond school curriculum or content and work toward the betterment of student’s well-being and nurturing a sense of belonging. They also believe having the ability and opportunity to access educational resources determines whether a student is more likely to be able to harness the advances in technology and accessibility to make a difference.
Hope also works with Gender Empowerment to support the local transgender community by providing gender transition support services, as well as assisting in public education seminars and workshops. They published the first “Transgender Persons Self-help Guide” in 2022, by far the most comprehensive guidebook dissecting gender identity, transition and recognition in Hong Kong. Apart from being a community advocate, Hope also dedicates their time to creating arts using different mediums, exploring the realms of expression and identity.