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On the diversity of academic disciplines, institutions, or events, including ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, geographical, or other kinds of diversity. Includes questions about diversity statements, increasing diversity of participants in an event, lack of diversity, and others.

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Should I tell my class I am neurodiverse?

I am neurodiverse (autism), and I will be leading the teaching on a module of work for the first time this coming September. While I have been preparing content to teach the module, a thought has ...
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Should an academic with autism and adhd disclose that to a potential employer

In the context of applying for an assistant professor position, should an academic with autism and adhd disclose that to the university during the hiring process? If so, and the application package ...
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Personal/Diversity Statement

I advised students to spend several weeks crafting a statement of purpose for PhD applications in the US, and have reviewed them. However, many students now report that there is an additional "...
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What is the consequence on purposefully lying on grad-school application (town of birth)

Sam was really really uncomfortable in disclosing their actual biographic data such as the town of birth (similar to Gaza). Sam felt that they will be discriminated. There was no option to "...
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How to move forward after microaggression allegations against my TA

Context: I am an associate professor of mathematics at a small liberal-arts college in the US. I am teaching multiple sections of a general-education mathematics course this fall, and I have an ...
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Is it problematic to control for ethnoracial identity in analyses?

I am writing a paper and have been asked by all co-authors to control for race and ethnicity in the analyses. I’ve heard mixed reviews on this once staple practice in the field. Does anyone have ...
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How should I refer to the presence of racial slurs in data presented at a conference talk?

I am preparing a presentation for a mathematical modeling conference soon, involving online discourse which contains racist and other slurs as one of the prominent features under study. The specific ...
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Norms around who contributes to the diversity section in grant proposals?

So we're writing a big grant proposal with about 10 PIs. My supervisor is the lead PI. In our small group meeting going through the proposal, once we got to the diversity section my PI suggested that ...
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What motivates requiring a diversity statement from minority applicants?

Applying for many academic positions in North America often requires a diversity statement. As someone who is a disabled, racial, sexual and religious minority, immigrant, and someone who grew up poor,...
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Should someone with severe mental illness discuss that in their Diversity statement?

For faculty candidates with history of severe mental illness, would a Diversity statement be an appropriate place to raise those issues? Could such a candidate bring a unique background that could be ...
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Should an instructor adjust grades for students from underrepresented groups?

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, (Belonging), known as DEI(B), has become increasingly valued in higher education in the United States. UC Berkeley provides a rubric for evaluating candidates' DEI(B) ...
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How do universities validate race declarations?

In the US, competition for admission to elite universities (whether for an PhD, MA, BA, or even for a position as a professor) is fierce. Race is a more or less official consideration in admissions. ...
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Does “Historically excluded groups” in job posting mean that they want to hire Black/Hispanic?

I have spotted a job posting for tenure-track positions at an R1 school in the US, saying that they look for candidates who bring perspectives in their research that reflects membership in groups ...
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Does diversity theory ever consider personality or other social groupings? [closed]

Has anyone critiqued modern diversity theory in that it arbitrarily selects some categories over others? For example, why shouldn’t a diversity ranking take personality into account?
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A better method than essays to measure diversity, inclusion, and equity?

I have been invited to join a scholarship/grant committee for supporting university early career researchers (ECRs). One of the aims of the panel is to implement diversity, inclusion, and equity ...
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Examples of successful push-backs against DEI (diversity, etc.) initiatives in academia?

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives became an almost overnight transformational success in academia beginning one or two years ago (in the US and several other countries such as Canada ...
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Are PhD applications confidential in the USA?

I came out on the diversity portion and I am having deep regrets and fears that anybody outside the admissions committee sees it. I doubt anybody on admissions even cares but I need to know that such ...
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Are first-generation college students considered an "underrepresented group" in academia?

Neither of my parents went to college. Is this something that can be brought up in the context of university diversity hiring and outreach? This is for academic jobs - postdoc, tenure-track, etc.
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Can I write the diversity statement around my ADHD?

I am applying for PhD in physics, and realized that a lot of schools have the option to provide "diversity statements" or "personal statements". As a foreigner, I can't seem to ...
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Should I include challenges I faced on account of my caste in my diversity statement?

Some of the graduate programs in US schools require you to submit a diversity statement as a part of the application. I have looked at some resources on writing it, like these ones. I happen to be ...
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Should I mention my undocumented status in faculty applications?

I am looking to apply to several junior faculty positions this Fall and Winter. Many positions allow you to submit an optional diversity statement where I had intended to discuss my undocumented legal ...
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Where to advertise a postdoctoral position to widen the diversity of applicants?

I am planning to hire a postdoc (in mathematics), and have never done this before. My department is far from diverse. I have read that a good way to achieve a diverse pool of candidates is by ...
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Have there been studies of differences between journal paper authors and conference paper authors?

In research fields such as computer science, academic publication mostly happens at two kinds of venues: peer-reviewed journals, and peer-reviewed conferences. The main difference is that conferences ...
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If I'm racist/sexist/homophobe etc, can I still be admitted to Cornell University? [closed]

This completely hypothetical question is based on Cornell's founding statement: "I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study." -- Ezra Cornell, 1868 And ...
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Discussing diversity and underrepresented groups in personal history statement for PhD application

I am applying for a PhD program in US. The university has asked to address the following in personal history statement: How your perspectives or activities contribute to social or cultural ...
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Department policy possibly affecting inclusion and diversity

I am a last year PhD math student in an university in USA-Canada. The university I work in offers graduate students the option to teach first year calculus courses as a special kind of TA. The ...
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What would an inclusive curriculum look like in a computer science course?

There exists plenty of literature about how to be inclusive, both in the workplace and in the classroom. I'm wondering how this might be done intentionally — specifically in the context of a computer ...
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To submit or not to submit GRE Scores for PhD programs in the United States [closed]

With the GREs being phased out of so many PhD applications in the sciences, I think this question is reasonably fresh. I have taken the GRE and scored in the 70 percentiles for verbal and math. I ...
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How can I make sure I (a white male teaching math) am sensitive to "underprivileged" students in my class?

I teach math classes and I was speaking with the assistant chair of my department about a student who claimed that I was rude and put my students down when lecturing. (I'm a Ph.D. student.) This ...
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Is it standard for US-based universities to consider the ethnicity of an applicant during PhD admissions?

I am considering applying to CS PhD programs at some of the top research universities in the United States. While I cannot speak for other fields, I know that in my field (artificial intelligence), ...
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Schizophrenics with academic ambitions

Frankly, to get to the point, I am schizophrenic. University sucked for me, not because it was hard and difficult work; not because I didn't get along with people; not because I couldn't communicate ...
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Whom is a diversity statement written for?

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)...
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Does ethnic diversity of the academic staff affect the productivity of the faculty?

Are there any studies where the effect of ethnic diversity on the productivity studied? If so, what are the criteria? Do universities with more diversity tend to prepare better publications, or the ...
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Diversity Statement for Faculty Position in the US? [duplicate]

I am crafting applications for US faculty positions and Californian universities require diversity statements. Now, the problem is I have no idea what to write in it, since diversity can mean ...
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What should I do when a former student tells me about misconduct from one of their current TAs?

While I was a TA for an undergraduate CS course, I built up a good teaching relationship with a student who was struggling. By the end of the course, she had turned things around and was performing ...
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How can I avoid inadvertently offending my female peers and getting into trouble for it?

Attention has been drawn recently to an incident that occurred at a scientific conference and its sequelae described in this article: The fuss started when [Prof. X] and [Prof. Y] ended up in the ...
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Is positive discrimination in faculty hiring really efficient at promoting diversity in an academic department?

I have questions about affirmative action as described in this answer to another question (also called positive discrimination) in the context of US universities, more specifically departments ...
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Graduate school holding a diversity committee meeting. What do I need to do to be effective?

I created an affinity group for first generation students at my graduate school. Shortly after, the school's diversity committee emailed the student government informing us that there would be a ...
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Should I answer this question about diversity?

There is an optional prompt on my PhD application: censoredSchoolName University regards the diversity of its graduate student body as an important factor in serving the educational mission of ...
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Mentioning LGBTQ Identity in Personal Statement for PhD Applications

I'm currently applying to grad school to do a PhD in physics in the United States. I would really like to mention in the personal history statement/diversity statement essays: 1) the work I did in my ...
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Welcoming certain groups to apply [duplicate]

I am applying for jobs and certain job postings specifically "welcome applications from" certain groups that "contribute to diversification." I am in one of these groups that they state, but you ...
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What more should universities do to limit student exposure to dangerous speech? [closed]

It's 2017. Universities should be a safe space for students of all cultures, creeds, gender identities, sexualities, nationalities, economic backgrounds, or other intersectional marginalized ...
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Could appealing/advocating for mental illness/ADHD/disability rights count as volunteering?

TL;DR Applying for PhD and asked volunteer experience. I requested ADHD accommodations and am the first student in my alma mater to get extra time on exams. I didn't do it solely for other people such ...
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Is it considered normal to publish job offers inviting candidates to apply based on their gender and/or race in academia?

I was browsing PhD position offers in Europe on different websites and I was quite surprised to find that several offers contained sentences such as University of X value equality and diversity. We ...
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Are universities strongly associated with ethnic minority groups a thing outside the USA?

This question asks about the history of why Howard University in Washington, DC, USA has remained a school whose student and faculty bodies are predominantly African-American. Do "historically [...
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Writing REU Recommendation: Should I mention the student is an underserved demographic?

I've not written an REU recommendation letter before, and I'm wondering what is or isn't appropriate to mention regarding demographics, and what might or might not be in the student's favor to mention....
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Discussion of hiring practices and underrepresented groups during interviews

I am searching for a job at a small liberal arts college in the United States, and I was recently interviewed via Skype by a search committee. One of the questions I asked was "What things are your ...
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How do I reassure myself that I am a worthy candidate for a tenure-track position, when department would likely have interviewed me even if I wasn't?

I am a woman currently on the market for tenure-track positions. I will not disclose my department since I think this is not relevant, and I am about to describe a particular department in detail. I ...
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How should I write a "Personal History Statement" - does a lack of "challenges" mean I cannot contribute to diversity?

I am hesitating whether to apply to some of the "University of California" universities. The problem is, many of them ask for a "personal history statement": Describe how your background, ...
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If you're black, how do you answer "Oh you're a professor? So you teach African Studies?"

In a comment to How do you answer "Oh, you're a professor? What do you teach?", @JohnSmith wrote I'm black so it generally goes "Oh you're a professor? So you teach African Studies?...
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