Examples of contributions to diversity

The following are examples of ways a student could enhance diversity: 

  • Student has successfully overcome significant educational, social, cultural or economic disadvantage or adversity in a way that would enable him or her to contribute to their campus community.
  • Student has unique circumstances, experiences, skills or talents that would benefit others and would enhance the diversity of their program or campus.
  • Student has a strong interest in undertaking research that would address issues of diversity as it relates to ethnic communities, social equity and justice or economic opportunity.
  • Student has shown a deep commitment to working with others, through such activities as mentoring or tutoring, to promote educational access to higher education for underserved groups.

Examples of experiences that indicate a student had to overcome disadvantage or adversity include:

  • Education in a school or college with limited facilities and educational opportunities.
  • Low family income or working full time in high school or as an undergraduate to support family and/or to pay for college.
  • Being the first member of immediate family to complete college.
  • Overcoming other social, cultural or economic barriers to pursue an education. The specific race, ethnicity, gender, or national origin of a nominee is not considered in selection, although barriers arising from these personal circumstances are considered.