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Writing a Diversity Statement
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 @ 11:00 am - Wednesday, April 22, 2020 @ 12:30 pm
Date and time: Two-part workshop meets Wednesdays, April 8 and 22, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Employers are increasingly asking candidates to supply a diversity statement as part of their application. This session covers the essential elements of composing this important document. Starting with individual reflection on topics of inclusion, diversity, and equity, participants will draw upon personal and professional experiences to begin writing their story. We will discuss how inclusive teaching practices can be incorporated into the diversity statement. Participants will learn strategies for highlighting initiatives they have lead or participated in that focus on underrepresented students, working towards equity, and/or enhancing diversity. Examples may include professional development, creation of an inclusive learning community, student retention or outreach work, organizations and non-profits, and activities related to mentoring, research, committees, and teaching. For advanced students and postdocs, time will be spent showing examples of diversity statements and discussing how to incorporate the diversity statement into interview answers. It is never too early to begin working on a diversity statement, so special insight will be provided to new graduate students, regarding goal setting and identifying ways to engage with diversity efforts at their home institution.
This is a two-part workshop limited to 50 participants. Registration will close on Friday, April 3 at 12 p.m. CT (or earlier if the workshop reaches capacity). Once you register, you will have access to the Blackboard Ultra room where this online event will take place.