Diveresity Statement?

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phi1618
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Diveresity Statement?

Postby phi1618 » Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:27 pm

I am currently debating whether or not to write a diversity statement. I'm 1/4 Hispanic (I checked both the Hispanic and White/Caucasian box on my application) but was raised in a suburban upper middle class neighborhood. I'd probably be able to come up with something, but I'm not sure how effective it would be.

Would not writing a diversity statement hurt me? Would it diminish the gain I receive from being able to check that Hispanic box? If so, by how much?

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Brettanomyces
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Re: Diveresity Statement?

Postby Brettanomyces » Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:31 pm

phi1618 wrote:I am currently debating whether or not to write a diversity statement. I'm 1/4 Hispanic (I checked both the Hispanic and White/Caucasian box on my application) but was raised in a suburban upper middle class neighborhood. I'd probably be able to come up with something, but I'm not sure how effective it would be.

Would not writing a diversity statement hurt me? Would it diminish the gain I receive from being able to check that Hispanic box? If so, by how much?


Unless you're Mexican-American or Puerto Rican, you likely won't receive much benefit from checking the Hispanic box unless you write a DS. I'd do it. It can't really hurt.

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Re: Diveresity Statement?

Postby midwest17 » Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:52 pm

Brettanomyces wrote:
phi1618 wrote:I am currently debating whether or not to write a diversity statement. I'm 1/4 Hispanic (I checked both the Hispanic and White/Caucasian box on my application) but was raised in a suburban upper middle class neighborhood. I'd probably be able to come up with something, but I'm not sure how effective it would be.

Would not writing a diversity statement hurt me? Would it diminish the gain I receive from being able to check that Hispanic box? If so, by how much?


Unless you're Mexican-American or Puerto Rican, you likely won't receive much benefit from checking the Hispanic box unless you write a DS. I'd do it. It can't really hurt.


I would think an insincere DS would hurt, but I don't really know.

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Re: Diveresity Statement?

Postby bp shinners » Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:05 pm

midwest17 wrote:I would think an insincere DS would hurt, but I don't really know.


It would, but you should be able to write something sincere about your heritage. Unless you completely eschewed identifying it throughout your entire life.




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