This is related to the "what to say in a diversity statement" question, but I'm asking something slightly different:

Who reads a Diversity Statement in a faculty application (exact sciences/CS/math) at an R1 institute?

Anticipating answers like "anyone on the department can read it", let me be more specific: Who usually reads diversity statements and takes relevant decisions on their basis? Is it faculty members? Is it administrators? Are they generally used as a first screen, as an appendix to the teaching statement, or as a tiebreaker?

  • A diverse range of people depending on what they are looking for...
    – Solar Mike
    Oct 26, 2018 at 10:51

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The purpose of having a diversity statement is that you can honestly say that you have one if anybody asks.

The people who will read them would include:

  • People who are told they have to read them.
  • People who have nothing better to do.
  • People who want to confirm that you really do have a diversity statement.

Don't assume that anybody takes any relevant decisions based on the diversity stament. The people who make decisions will either continue to be fair to all candidates, or will continue to be prejudiced. Writing a diversity statement won't change that.

  • Thanks. Between this and @OBu's responses, it seems to play a nil to minor role in the decision.
    – argant
    Oct 28, 2018 at 1:53

It depends on how serious the university you are appliying for is in encouraging diversity.

In every case, the persons responsible for diversity / minorities / ... will read it and bring in their opinion.

I'm sure, at my institution every person in the selection committee will read it, and it will affect the decision. If your research record or teaching performance are not good, the diversity statement will not save you. But if there are two people with similar performance, it will make a difference!

Some insitutions are haveng point based evaluation sheets for applicants - it is up to then to decide how strong the influence of the diversity statement is. But usually those factors are not public.

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