Question About Diversity Statement

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Question About Diversity Statement

Postby hjag » Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:48 am

I always intended on writing one, but some posts on TLS have begun to make me wonder if I should.

I am a US citizen but I grew up in Asia. I was raised in a bilingual environment (Mandarin + English). I came to the United States for college.

It seems like most people who write diversity statements are URMs, so I wonder if they will even care about mine, considering the fact that while I AM an ethnic minority, my race is by no means underrepresented in US higher education.

Thoughts? Thanks!

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Re: Question About Diversity Statement

Postby Eugenie Danglars » Mon Jan 03, 2011 6:12 am

If you have a good story, go for it. I know a couple people who have written "growing-up-abroad" diversity statements, and at least one has so far gotten into two better schools than his numbers would suggest.

If it's well-written and you have something to say, it can't hurt.

Good luck!

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Re: Question About Diversity Statement

Postby MrSparkle » Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:11 am

I wrote one and I'm not URM. Still got into a great school. Just make sure it's well-written.


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Re: Question About Diversity Statement

Postby LSATclincher » Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:17 am

My thought is that if your a URM, you don't need one. And your PS should discuss your background. For a non-urm, if your "diverse" experiences are truly inspiration for you, then highlight them in your PS. If not, I just think a DS is an extra way to score bonus points.

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