Question about diversity statements

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aviatrixsteff
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Question about diversity statements

Postby aviatrixsteff » Fri Jan 31, 2014 1:29 pm

I would like to include one in my applications, but only if it improves the app (duh)
I'm a KJD, christian, caucasian female- nothing obvious really leaps out as "diverse".
But, I am a cancer survivor and a commercial pilot (a field that is extremely male dominated).
Are either of these topics appropriate for a DS? Or would it be better to weave them into my PS?

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cactusflower
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Re: Question about diversity statements

Postby cactusflower » Fri Jan 31, 2014 1:42 pm

I think if done well, either one could make a great DS.

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Re: Question about diversity statements

Postby SkYlarwHite » Fri Jan 31, 2014 1:51 pm

cactusflower wrote:I think if done well, either one could make a great DS.



+1 !

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dnptan
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Re: Question about diversity statements

Postby dnptan » Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:43 pm

Personally intrigued about the cancer survivor story. I think if you can show how the experience made you unique, instead of the experience itself being unique, you'll go places.

Good luck!

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Re: Question about diversity statements

Postby ellayo » Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:51 pm

That sounds like great DS material. Just don't qualify it with the parts about being caucasian/christian/non-diverse. Jump right into your story about surviving cancer and reflect on the ways it has shaped you into the diverse person that you are.

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retaking23
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Re: Question about diversity statements

Postby retaking23 » Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:52 pm

Yes, yes, yes! Most people assume that diversity is limited to ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and religion and this view is absolutely false. Diversity is what makes you you. A female cancer-surviving commercial pilot makes you very unique and will make for a very interesting DS. Good luck!




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