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Mixed Ethnicity

Mixed Ethnicity
« on: January 04, 2008, 11:45:30 AM »
I am a quarter Native American and three quarters white.  I am unsure what I should list on my applications.

Also, how do they determine minority status.  Is it from your profile on the LSDAS or from the application.

Thanks!!

Re: Mixed Ethnicity
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2008, 11:51:03 AM »
With which group do you most identify?  Are you a white kid with a parent who happens to be 1/2 NA, or are you an NA person with one white parent?

Schools determine your status from both the LSDAS and the application.  The box you select should match on both.

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Re: Mixed Ethnicity
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2008, 12:25:02 PM »
I am a quarter Native American and three quarters white.  I am unsure what I should list on my applications.

Also, how do they determine minority status.  Is it from your profile on the LSDAS or from the application.

Thanks!!

Many applications will ask if you're enrolled and/or your tribal affiliation.  Also, your PS and/or DS should include discussion of your Indianness, or else Adcomms might view you as just a "box checker".

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Re: Mixed Ethnicity
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2008, 07:35:15 PM »
I am a quarter Native American and three quarters white.  I am unsure what I should list on my applications.

Also, how do they determine minority status.  Is it from your profile on the LSDAS or from the application.

Thanks!!

I'm 1/4 NA too (Muskogee).  I agree you should think about which you identify with more. For example, I've checked NA off since I was 6 and took my first standardized test... because it has always been a part of who I am. And make sure you have something to write about in your DS to show your connection with your heritage. (ie. I wrote about my work with Native American Studies at UF and my relationship with my paternal grandmother)


Anyways, what tribe are you? (Just curious) :D


EDIT: And yes, a tribal number helps too... though in my case this was impossible... didn't seem to hurt me though.

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Re: Mixed Ethnicity
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2008, 12:38:26 AM »
Most schools will let you include a "why is my race/ethnicity relevant" essay. I wrote one for my app.