Diversity statement

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Diversity statement

Postby sayruss11 » Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:24 pm

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Re: Diversity statement

Postby bk1 » Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:35 pm

sayruss11 wrote:My problem is that I am a 24 year old white female with little so called "diversity" so I decided to write about being the youngest in my family of all boys and how that has I dunno, made me diverse.


So don't write a diversity statement?

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Re: Diversity statement

Postby sayruss11 » Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:39 pm

bk1 wrote:
sayruss11 wrote:My problem is that I am a 24 year old white female with little so called "diversity" so I decided to write about being the youngest in my family of all boys and how that has I dunno, made me diverse.


So don't write a diversity statement?


so its better to give the impression that I won't add absolutely anything new to the class? I said I don't have "so called diversity", the typical definition. I obviously have characteristics that make me different than other people.

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Re: Diversity statement

Postby bk1 » Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:41 pm

sayruss11 wrote:so its better to give the impression that I won't add absolutely anything new to the class? I said I don't have "so called diversity", the typical definition. I obviously have characteristics that make me different than other people.


Everybody has characteristics that make them different than other people. That doesn't mean everybody should be out there writing DS's.

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Re: Diversity statement

Postby plenipotentiary » Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:46 pm

This reads more like a PS than a DS. Except it wouldn't be a very good PS, either.

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Re: Diversity statement

Postby elonlawgrad » Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:00 pm

what other options do you have for topics?

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Re: Diversity statement

Postby sayruss11 » Fri Oct 22, 2010 3:07 pm

elonlawgrad wrote:what other options do you have for topics?

diversitywise? nothing
k point taken people thanks

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Re: Diversity statement

Postby elonlawgrad » Fri Oct 22, 2010 3:10 pm

sayruss11 wrote:
elonlawgrad wrote:what other options do you have for topics?

diversitywise? nothing
k point taken people thanks



in general...or is your only option to write about diversity?

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Re: Diversity statement

Postby sayruss11 » Fri Oct 22, 2010 3:22 pm

well the prompt for the optional essay was something along the lines of discussing anything about your background that you believe would add diversity to the class population.
I admit it was a weak topic, but I thought if I really wanted admission to this school I should do all the optional essays. I read somewhere that just because you're not a URM doesn't mean you shouldn't bother to write a diversity statement. My PS isn't about any kind of diversity.

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Re: Diversity statement

Postby elonlawgrad » Fri Oct 22, 2010 3:37 pm

sayruss11 wrote:well the prompt for the optional essay was something along the lines of discussing anything about your background that you believe would add diversity to the class population.
I admit it was a weak topic, but I thought if I really wanted admission to this school I should do all the optional essays. I read somewhere that just because you're not a URM doesn't mean you shouldn't bother to write a diversity statement. My PS isn't about any kind of diversity.


Gotcha. I feel like I, too, had to write about this topic and I, too, had little world/culture experience, so I understand the difficulty. If you feel like you must submit a diversity statement and you don't feel like you have significant exposure to other cultures, religions, whatever have you, then I do believe you should write about something you are familiar with, i.e. I see why you chose to write about your family. Your statement doesn't have to be profound. I really don't think what you wrote was bad; but maybe try and dig a little deeper and see if you can come up with a different experience you may have had with someone from a different background and the challenges it presented and how you overcame xyz, and how that equates to the classroom and eventually the practice of law. (I have to admit I skimmed your post initially, so I don't remember if you did all of these things-you may have)

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Re: Diversity statement

Postby sayruss11 » Fri Oct 22, 2010 3:50 pm

Thanks for your input!! I love when people are constructive and aren't just like "don't do this". I actually did live and teach English in Spain for a year, so I could definitely come up with some experience I had with someone of a different culture. I really want to submit something for the optional so I'm gonna start over.

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Re: Diversity statement

Postby elonlawgrad » Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:42 am

sayruss11 wrote:Thanks for your input!! I love when people are constructive and aren't just like "don't do this". I actually did live and teach English in Spain for a year, so I could definitely come up with some experience I had with someone of a different culture. I really want to submit something for the optional so I'm gonna start over.


I would definitely try and write about that! :D

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Re: Diversity statement

Postby bk1 » Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:51 pm

Sigh.

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Re: Diversity statement

Postby sayruss11 » Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:46 pm

bk1 wrote:Sigh.


if only we could all be in on your infinite wisdom. sigh.

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Re: Diversity statement

Postby bk1 » Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:48 pm

sayruss11 wrote:if only we could all be in on your infinite wisdom. sigh.


I'm sure "I've talked to some brown people" would make for a great DS.

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Re: Diversity statement

Postby sayruss11 » Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:33 pm

bk1 wrote:
sayruss11 wrote:if only we could all be in on your infinite wisdom. sigh.


I'm sure "I've talked to some brown people" would make for a great DS.



hmmm I never realized that that was all I needed to write about to have an excellent DS, or that people of Spanish decent were "brown people". Thank you again for your wisdom!

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Re: Diversity statement

Postby bk1 » Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:54 pm

Happy to be of service.




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