Carnegie Mellon University

Diversity Statements

Some professional and academic applications require diversity statements, a document that can be difficult to write depending on the context. 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
  • How to argue for different kinds of diversity in your background and practice.

Are you ready to send off your application? Click on the link in the sidebar first to download and print the PDF.

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