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Need some advice on the diversity statement

Need some advice on the diversity statement
« on: December 11, 2007, 10:17:07 AM »
So I am stuck on my diversity statement.  How did some of you approach it?  Did you establish a theme?  Is it very similar to you approached your PS?  Was it just the whole "overcame in the face of adversity?"   

Re: Need some advice on the diversity statement
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2007, 10:23:54 AM »
My DS was a short story illustrating aspects of my youth.  I tried to tie in the themes I developed in my PS and had a section at the end stating what I had learned from my experiences.

This site has a pretty good example of a diversity statement:
http://www.deloggio.com/personal/joediver.htm

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Re: Need some advice on the diversity statement
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2007, 11:23:15 AM »
Your DS can talk about anything that makes you diverse (not just race/ethnicity) and should not talk about the same thing as your PS (otherwise you're wasting a chance to tall adcomms something different).  It also doesn't have to be about overcoming anything.  My ds talked about growing up in a high-profile family and how those experiences shaped me.  It's best if you can show how you're diverse, based on a story, etc, rather than just say I'm a fob, let me in!

Re: Need some advice on the diversity statement
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2007, 01:51:15 PM »
Thanks for the help.  Care to share the DS?

I wrote a general description of my childhood, and I wondered if I should have some glorious ending of perserverance. It is not really a story. 

Re: Need some advice on the diversity statement
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2007, 01:52:48 PM »
Your DS can talk about anything that makes you diverse (not just race/ethnicity) and should not talk about the same thing as your PS (otherwise you're wasting a chance to tall adcomms something different).  It also doesn't have to be about overcoming anything.  My ds talked about growing up in a high-profile family and how those experiences shaped me.  It's best if you can show how you're diverse, based on a story, etc, rather than just say I'm a fob, let me in!

agreed.