Writing diversity statements for international PhD students: Opinion

November 23, 2021
Given the difficulty that many international PhD students may have with writing diversity statements for job searches, Olga Koutseridi offers tips to help conceptualize, write, and discuss them. Koutseridi encourages students to start their writing process by reflecting on how their international status and unique aspects of their identity have prepared them for the position. The author then encourages students to leverage their cultural competence, develop a list of stories that can be used in the statement, and to seek feedback. “A diversity statement is your opportunity to demonstrate to the search committee all the ways that you have been prepared to contribute to their existing diversity initiatives,” writes Koutseridi. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)