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New Trend in Applications. Diversity Statements
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Mentoring, Legal matters, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 12:34 pm

The option, honestly, the requirement, of submitting “diversity
statements’ was recently brought to my attention
in an
application under consideration.

The option appears in application documents submitted for
areas like: teaching positions, graduate schools in liberal
arts and sciences, and in law schools. 2     International
organizations recognized cultural diversity as part of the
globalization trend more than a decade ago.

A number of global businesses have incorporated diversity
into their mission statement, as can be found in annual
reports and webpages.  In these, it is often you can observe
a business case” supporting diversity.

Much of the advice offered for ideas to include seem to
shine more light on Pier Forni’s work on civility. 

It should be recognized that the concept is morphing and
the examples and values expressed in statements should
be consistent with the organization for which the one-page
diversity statement is formulated.  [see also. ]

Some ideas might include:
   active open-mindedness with a shared purpose
   outcomes in our lives change positively resulting from experiences
   broadness and depth of input and perspective can often be more
significant than ability, as it can be tuned to specific instances

One Response to “New Trend in Applications. Diversity Statements”

  1. site admin Says:

    Nick Kristof on Diversity Statements:
    A Confession of Liberal Intolerance

    WE progressives believe in diversity, and we want women, blacks,
    Latinos, gays and Muslims at the table — er, so long as they aren’t
    Universities are the bedrock of progressive values,
    but the one kind of diversity that universities disregard is
    ideological and religious. We’re fine with people who don’t look
    like us, as long as they think like us.
    O.K., that’s a little harsh. But consider George Yancey, a
    sociologist who is black and evangelical.
    “Outside of academia I faced more problems as a black,”
    he told me. “But inside academia I face more problems as a
    Christian, and it is not even close.”

    I’ve been thinking about this because on Facebook recently
    I wondered aloud whether universities stigmatize
    conservatives and undermine intellectual diversity.
    The scornful reaction from my fellow liberals proved
    the point.
    “Much of the ‘conservative’ worldview consists of ideas that
    are known empirically to be false,” said Carmi.
    “The truth has a liberal slant,” wrote Michelle.
    “Why stop there?” asked Steven. “How about we make
    faculties more diverse by hiring idiots?” Continue reading
    the main story

    To me, the conversation illuminated primarily liberal arrogance
    — the implication that conservatives don’t have anything
    significant to add to the discussion. My Facebook followers
    have incredible compassion for war victims in South Sudan,
    for kids who have been trafficked, even for abused chickens,
    but no obvious empathy for conservative scholars facing
    The stakes involve not just fairness to conservatives or
    evangelical Christians, not just whether progressives will be
    true to their own values, not just the benefits that come from
    diversity (and diversity of thought is arguably among the most
    important kinds), but also the quality of education itself.
    When perspectives are unrepresented in discussions, when
    some kinds of thinkers aren’t at the table, classrooms become
    echo chambers rather than sounding boards — and we all lose.

    Four studies found that the proportion of professors in the
    humanities who are Republicans ranges between 6 and 11
    percent, and in the social sciences between 7 and 9 percent.

    Conservatives can be spotted in the sciences and in economics,
    but they are virtually an endangered species in fields like
    anthropology, sociology, history and literature. One study
    found that only 2 percent of English professors are Republicans
    (although a large share are independents).
    In contrast, some 18 percent of social scientists say they are
    Marxist. So it’s easier to find a Marxist in some disciplines
    than a Republican. The scarcity of conservatives seems driven
    in part by discrimination.
    One peer-reviewed study found that one-third of social
    psychologists admitted that if choosing between two equally
    qualified job candidates, they would be inclined to
    discriminate against the more conservative candidate.

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