Optional Diversity Statement

The following prompt and instructions appear on page 10 of our application for admission to PhD programs, the page where documents are attached.  

The Laney Graduate School strives to create and strengthen an inclusive, respectful, and intellectually challenging environment that embraces difference. We recognize that students from groups not traditionally represented in the academy enrich the fields of study and enhance the educational experience of all students.

We are committed to enrolling a diverse student body. We are also committed to initiating, cultivating and sustaining an academic community that engages diverse intellectual and cultural perspectives and that values open dialogue, shared responsibility, mutual respect, and ethical competence - forces that enrich and enhance innovative research and scholarship.

To promote diversity and a community of inclusiveness, we award supplementary fellowship support to some admitted applicants whose enrollment would contribute to the educational benefits of diversity within a program or the University as a whole, based on their racial, ethnic, religious, socioeconomic or experiential background, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

If you are interested in being considered for such additional fellowship funding, we encourage you to submit a brief diversity statement. The purpose of the statement is to identify candidates who have unique perspective, experience and/or willingness to engage in activities that would enhance campus diversity and equity efforts. The statement should describe how your background and experiences demonstrate your commitment and ability to engage with issues of diversity and inclusion, and should also discuss how those commitments might be reflected in your graduate school career and beyond.

Your statement should be no longer than 500 words. This is an optional component of our application.

We look forward to receiving your application. If you have any questions, please use the information to the right to contact us.

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