How not to write a DEI statement: Opinion

November 27, 2020
A look at diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statements for job applications shows that applicants may not understand how to write a good DEI statement, writes Manya Whitaker. Whitaker explains that this is likely because applicants do not know what “good” commentary on DEI is. The article describes five of the worst approaches to use when writing a DEI statement. The most common is the theoretical approach, in which applicants describe how their teaching and research aligns with DEI issues, followed by a focus on one’s own marginalized identity, only acknowledging oppression, the saviour approach, and the diary approach. “Each of them fails to meet the goals of a DEI statement: to demonstrate how you can contribute to the eradication of white supremacy,” writes Whitaker. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International)