A question from C about a Diversity Statement... -- Tom
Hey Tom, I've got another question that I'd appreciate being posted to the site, to get input from as many people as possible. It may be a sensitive topic, but whatever.
My question is regarding funding requests. I'm planning to submit an extra letter with my application, titled as a "Diversity Statement". This 3 paragraph letter simply elaborates more on my racial and economic background, and how I plan to work towards increasing the diversity of the program and the school, and then directly requests heightened consideration for specific minority/diversity awards, both school-specific and University-wide.
I know that my race will be made known to the committee automatically once the access the grad app submitted online and that I will be automatically considered for many awards, but there are also many that require direct nomination from the school/program to which you are applying. Funding is, obviously, extremely important for me.
So, my question is this: Do you think the selection committee would be bothered/offended by this?