Diversity statement help

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bigben5289
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Diversity statement help

Postby bigben5289 » Wed Nov 17, 2010 10:58 pm

So I need help with my diversity statement.

I dont know where to start. My mom is from Peru and my dad is American and I think of myself as half hispanic and half white. Also I am Jewish. What should I write about and how long should the diversity statement be.

Help

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shoop
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Re: Diversity statement help

Postby shoop » Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:28 pm

Write about something interesting and keep it to a page.

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Re: Diversity statement help

Postby Marquito38 » Thu Nov 18, 2010 7:58 pm

How strong is your hispanic identity? Do you participate in cultural practices, speak Spanish, interact with the Latino population in your community? You need to show how you are diverse and not rely on the fact that your mother is Peruvian. How does being Jewish and Hispanic affect your perspective on daily things, important topics, school, etc? Just some things to think about if you write one.

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Re: Diversity statement help

Postby fragged » Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:36 am

With all of that diversity in your background, you should be able to identify at least one moment in your life where you found yourself in an awkward position, a position that no one else could understand unless they shared your family's diverse background. Turn that moment into a story and there's your diversity statement.

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Re: Diversity statement help

Postby bigben5289 » Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:50 pm

fragged wrote:With all of that diversity in your background, you should be able to identify at least one moment in your life where you found yourself in an awkward position, a position that no one else could understand unless they shared your family's diverse background. Turn that moment into a story and there's your diversity statement.


Good idea to talk about being hispanic and jewish has made me an empathic person and has given me the strength to help minorities because I am a minority (hispanic jew) Then talk about how I want to study international law (stated in my personal statement) which explains how i can help minorities. Being Jewish and studying the Talmud which is the jewish code of laws has taught me how be act as a person in society which will make me an ethical and respectful law student or something like that

Help me out,

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Re: Diversity statement help

Postby fragged » Sat Nov 20, 2010 3:01 am

That's a good start. I am Jewish, and have a lot of friends who have Latino/Jewish backgrounds. Interestingly enough, the vast majority of them identify mostly with their Latino backgrounds and less with their Jewish backgrounds. I'm not sure why that is, but the fact that you strongly identify as a Latino AND you have studied Talmud would make for a pretty interesting diversity statement. Not many people can claim to have that kind of insight.

Perhaps drawing a parallel between your Jewish ancestors (their persecution throughout history) and a current story about persecution in a country such as Venezuela or Cuba?

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Re: Diversity statement help

Postby bigben5289 » Sat Nov 20, 2010 3:02 pm

fragged wrote:That's a good start. I am Jewish, and have a lot of friends who have Latino/Jewish backgrounds. Interestingly enough, the vast majority of them identify mostly with their Latino backgrounds and less with their Jewish backgrounds. I'm not sure why that is, but the fact that you strongly identify as a Latino AND you have studied Talmud would make for a pretty interesting diversity statement. Not many people can claim to have that kind of insight.

Perhaps drawing a parallel between your Jewish ancestors (their persecution throughout history) and a current story about persecution in a country such as Venezuela or Cuba?


Should I talk about being Jewish? What if the person reading my app is anti-semitic.

I think I should just focus on being hispanic/American has turned me into an empathetic person. I start off with a story where I saw a kid begging for money when I was 8 and going back to Peru allowed me to see poverty from a first hand perspective. Living in the United States as an American I didnt really see that so it allowed me to compare and appreciate what I have here and gives me the strengthen to help minorities.

Any thoughts?




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