diversity statement utility

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jess1921
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diversity statement utility

Postby jess1921 » Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:05 am

should I write one if my personal statement is already about my cultural background? I don't think I need to write one but it doesn't feel right leaving blank a bunch more words that could potentially convice adcomms im the man.


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CalAlumni
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Re: diversity statement utility

Postby CalAlumni » Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:28 am

I had the same question as you and spent some time researching it on this forum. It seems to be the consensus that having a diversity statement in addition to your PS is best; however, not if you are simply going to rehash the same thing.

Is there another facet from which you can address your diversity from? I'm assuming you are a URM.

jess1921
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Re: diversity statement utility

Postby jess1921 » Tue Oct 23, 2012 3:28 am

so DS's generally improve your application?

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Re: diversity statement utility

Postby bp shinners » Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:10 pm

jess1921 wrote:so DS's generally improve your application?


More information that's presented in a well-written and interesting manner improves your application. So if you can write a PS and a DS that are both polished and interesting (and non-repetitive, but tangentially related), it will improve your application.




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