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Questions tagged [diversity]

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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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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Caregiver of disabled teenager returning to study, but can't find funding. (UK) Any thoughts?

I am a parent of disabled teenager. My career has been interrupted, as has my academic path. My son is in and out of hospital and school. But now I am doing a PhD at a top UK university and am winning ...
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What is the purpose of the centralized CollegeBoard instead of individual universities giving their own entrance exams?

Why does CollegeBoard (the organization that does the SAT, GRE, etc.) exist? Why don't universities just give their own entrance exams? It seems such centralization of power in CollegeBoard would be a ...
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Interviews for academic teaching positions and “diversity”

I am a Masters student in math, who loves teaching, and rather than go on for a PhD would rather teach at a community college. I've noticed in many of the schools to which I am applying the they ...
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Would it be a poor choice to focus on disability in both my personal history statement and diversity fellowship response?

I am working on my application to UC Davis. It requires a Personal History Statement separate from the Statement of Purpose. I've been through this process with UC Berkeley, and the prompts are almost ...
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Faculty positions: What to say in a statement on diversity?

Some job ads of US schools require a "statement on diversity". I am not based in the US, and have never written one before. What should one say in a statement on diversity anyway? Am I supposed to ...
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Can refusing to attend mandatory Title IX training be grounds for suspending a tenured faculty member?

In the US all the universities that receive federal funding must ensure (or so I heard) that all their employees and students take one class about the Title IX law, concerning sexual harassment and ...
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How important is the Statement of Contributions to Diversity in applications for faculty positions?

I have(am) applied(ying) for a junior faculty position (i.e. tenure track assistant professor level) at research-intensive US universities from this fall. One of the opening announcements I recently ...
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Do hiring committees actually give preference to underrepresented groups?

For reference, I am a woman of color in mathematics and I am applying for academic jobs. I noticed that many of these applications say something like "Women (and other underrepresented groups) are ...
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How to foster gender diversity as an organizer

I am part of the organizing committee for a workshop in a STEM field that historically has problems with underrepresentation of women (and other groups, but let me focus on women in this question). I ...
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What should go in a diversity statement if I believe I have had no relevant experiences?

So I am completing the application for UCSB, and they ask me to write a Personal Achievements/Contributions Statement, however, I feel I have nothing to say, since I have never experienced anything ...
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What do admission committees look for in a diversity essay?

I'm sitting here with my friend, who is in the process of applying to graduate school. She's come across a prompt that looks like this: If you are a member of a community that has historically been ...
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How is US law on equal opportunity enforced in academic recruitment?

Almost every US university states on its job advertisements that the university is an equal opportunity employer. Based on federal law, this means that applicants not be judged by their race, color, ...
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Why are some research groups not so ethnically diverse?

Some research groups, especially the ones at lower tier schools in the United States, contains an excessive amount of students who have the same nationality as the professor. Some Chinese professors' ...