Carnegie Mellon University

Diversity Statements

Download PDF Handout: Writing Your Diversity Statement

Some professional and academic applications require diversity statements, a document that many applicants find especially difficult to write. If your background is underrepresented in your field, how would you express that? Even harder, if you don’t believe your background shows a lot of diversity, how can you even write a diversity statement?  

This handout will help you brainstorm answers to these questions. You’ll learn what a diversity statement is, what readers expect from your diversity statement, and how to argue for different kinds of diversity in your background and practice.

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