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Russian = URM?
« on: December 24, 2004, 05:21:26 PM »
I asked this already in another post but I wanted to get some more opinions from people? I came to the US when I was 11, and am a blatant caucasian. Does that make me a URM?
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Re: Russian = URM?
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2004, 05:32:13 PM »
Hell yeah!

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Re: Russian = URM?
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2004, 05:34:40 PM »
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Re: Russian = URM?
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2004, 05:45:12 PM »
You know I'm playing, right?

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Re: Russian = URM?
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2004, 05:47:46 PM »
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Re: Russian = URM?
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2004, 05:52:54 PM »
Have a white russian and you'll feel better.. ;D

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Re: Russian = URM?
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2004, 07:18:16 PM »
no

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Re: Russian = URM?
« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2004, 08:46:39 PM »
URM is a term that, for law school admissions purposes, is used in the context of affirmative action.  The three groups which are considered under-represented minorities are African-Americans, Native Americans, and Hispanics.  These are groups that have a history of socio-economic disadvantage.  Being Russian will make you a diverse applicant, but not a URM -- meaning that you cannot benefit from AA per se.  Your unique background will be considered and how much weight it carries will be determined on an ad hoc basis.  Basically, you cannot expect to get the benefits of admission that are given to true URM's.

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Re: Russian = URM?
« Reply #8 on: December 25, 2004, 10:20:22 PM »
You know, this is is one of those things I've wondered about. This is a country full of immigrants, and all too frequently immigrants form closed communities. I know that there are Russian communities in this country that are disenfranchised from our justice system despite being the "right" color. They don't speak the language, they don't understand the customs, and they are at a distinct disadvantage when they try to maneuver through the legal system. Just because you're white (or Asian! As a Korean-American, I'll insert myself into this discussion) doesn't mean that you are not from a community that is under-represented. It seems to me that there are those of us who have the unique opportunity to serve under-represented communities by virtue of our heritage, and as such, deserve special recognition regardless of our skin color.

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Re: Russian = URM?
« Reply #9 on: December 25, 2004, 10:34:01 PM »
You know, this is is one of those things I've wondered about. This is a country full of immigrants, and all too frequently immigrants form closed communities. I know that there are Russian communities in this country that are disenfranchised from our justice system despite being the "right" color. They don't speak the language, they don't understand the customs, and they are at a distinct disadvantage when they try to maneuver through the legal system. Just because you're white (or Asian! As a Korean-American, I'll insert myself into this discussion) doesn't mean that you are not from a community that is under-represented. It seems to me that there are those of us who have the unique opportunity to serve under-represented communities by virtue of our heritage, and as such, deserve special recognition regardless of our skin color.

That is absolutely true, it is something that was actually the focal point of my personal statement. I'm glad that I'm not the only one that thinks that.  ;)
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