3|ink wrote:booyakasha wrote:3|ink wrote:happyshapy wrote:Your explanation still doesn't make sense. So an AA who grew up in a middle class town with a "normal" upbringing doesn't have sufficient enough material to write a diversity statement?
I didn't say anything in my posts that wasn't "chill"
A homosexual would certainly have a unique perspective. However, I think that schools are looking for a bit more than that. Imagine if every white person who thought he/she had a very distinct political outlook were to submit a diversity statement. How many of them would benefit from this submission? Perhaps perspective does help, but I think a distinctive heritage is crucial.
This is completely and utterly wrong.
Feel free to elaborate if you're capable.
A diversity statement is a chance to tell them what unique perspectives you can bring to the school -- and most of them phrase it that way. While URM status is certainly a more tangible and material boost, anything that can distinguish you from other candidates with similar numbers is useful. Political views might be a stretch but LGBT people DO have unique perspectives that are different from straight people. It is right up there with an interesting personal history or experience. I did mine about growing up on a tobacco farm and paying my way through college working construction. It doesn't have to be unique but just a perspective you bring that many others will not.