I am applying for an accounting position at a local college, and the application requires I write a diversity statement. I have to answer the following:
In a separate statement, address how your skills, experience and education have prepared you to serve and meet the needs of a diverse student/staff population.
To me, diversity means multi-cultural, however, answers to several related questions on this site tend to point to socio-economic diversity. As a white, male, accountant, how do I answer this?
Below you will find my rough outline with a few personal items about myself.
- Skills -I speak a little spanish - not fluent, but enough to play soccer, order food, and flirt with women.
- Experience -worked as a tax auditor for one of the poorest counties in the state, where most people, including myself, were considered “low income”. -The County had a significant Native American population, and I regularly dealt with tribes who owned casinos within the county.
-Attended diverse, public schools in Los Angeles.
-Borrowed money to attend ultra-liberal university, whose motto is: “Exploring Cultural Identities & Raising Global Consciousness”.
- Had a bi-lingual graduation ceremony at the university.
This question seems odd to me, since growing up in LA taught me you either embrace diversity or get the **** kicked out of you. Am I on the right track here? I have plenty of "diverse" and "low-income" experiences, but don't want to appear "hood" or unprofessional. For example, should I mention witnessing the race riots when I was a child? What would be an acceptable answer for an older, presumably white, middle-class manager, considering I am a white male who plays up his strengths in his resume/cover letter?
In particular, I'm having trouble relating my job skills to this question.