Include a Diversity Statement?

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jstacks
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Include a Diversity Statement?

Postby jstacks » Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:59 pm

My mother and half-brother emigrated from England after her divorce from an abusive husband. Would this cultural background warrant a diversity statement?

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Nova
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Re: Include a Diversity Statement?

Postby Nova » Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:42 pm

Yeah, write it. To be clear, were you born in the USA? either way, write it.

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Re: Include a Diversity Statement?

Postby jstacks » Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:26 pm

Yeah, I was born in the U.S.

Thanks for the input!

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Re: Include a Diversity Statement?

Postby cutecarmel » Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:47 pm

No. It has nothing to do with YOUR diversity. Honestly, your an American of European decent, which isn't very diverse...sorry.

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Re: Include a Diversity Statement?

Postby Nova » Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:03 am

Most law students are not one generation removed from another country. I think being in a minority makes the him diverse. A DS may or may not help his app. It wont hurt it though.

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Re: Include a Diversity Statement?

Postby cutecarmel » Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:10 am

Nova wrote:Most law students are not one generation removed from another country. I think being in a minority makes the him diverse. A DS may or may not help his app. It wont hurt it though.


Yeah, it definitely won't hurt (at the very least, if its well-written, it will show your writing ability), so if you can juice it up a bit, go ahead; however, admins probably won't see it as adding much to the school's diversity, so you should focus more of your efforts on your PS and why x? essays and make your "diversity" essay less of a priority.

Also, if you choose to write it, make it about you, not about your mom.

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Re: Include a Diversity Statement?

Postby Helicio » Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:22 am

Write it. Your mom has definitely had an effect on your life, and being a first generation immigrant is a unique experience that warrants a diversity statement.

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Re: Include a Diversity Statement?

Postby jstacks » Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:38 pm

Thanks for all the input!




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