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November 9th, 2001
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From the seven-page application for San Joaquin Delta College, the last page:

Diversity Statement:



On a separate sheet of paper or in the space below, provide a statement about yourself that specifically demonstrates sensitivity to the needs of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and the community at large. Your response is limited to one (1) page.

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From:elflet
Date:November 9th, 2001 11:15 am (UTC)
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This is what happens when the "social reformers" get ahold of the application process. In your case, I think you can talk about your work with email lists of people from really diverse backgrounds, how you did support at school and didn't go postal on any one group in particular, etc.

Still, this whole question is just so odd! Boy does it smell of "political correctness".
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From:tersa
Date:November 9th, 2001 11:30 am (UTC)
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I'm so sick of the PC crap.

Good luck having to write that shite, and getting accepted, though!
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From:kynn
Date:November 10th, 2001 11:14 am (UTC)
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I love the term "PC". It's a way for anyone who uses it to say "I am a fucking racist bigot but you can't call me on it because I'm PROUD of my biases against anyone who's not like me!"

It's a useful way to identify those people -- by their railing against "political correctness" -- and thereby know who to be afraid of.
From:ex_lucianus799
Date:November 9th, 2001 12:37 pm (UTC)

Is it Friday? I hadn't noticed.

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Working closely with both well-respected professors, and those under investigation for criminal misconduct, I gained much experience in being sensitive and responsive to the needs of others in both personal one-on-one sessions and group participation -- and demonstrating proper and acceptable gratitude in return, when the time came to listen rather than speak, thus achieving empowerment for everybody.

Specific projects included research that spanned the cultural practices of many modern and ancient cultures. Often, these practices were documented pictorially, to reach the widest possible audience. Didactic pictogram instruction spans a historical range from Japanese sculpture to Indian illustrations, European cathedrals, and Native American sand-paintings, to name a few. However, in every case, vigorous discussion ensured that all voices were heard so that no one viewpoint was dominant. Rather, each participant was accorded the respect to fully express their perspective.

Outreach projects included working with the handicapped, and others in need of mechanical or electronic assistance to fulfill their daily living requirements. Again, the helpless come from all levels of socioeconomic strata, across the American spectrum of cultural and ethnic heritages. We are all humbled when we are taught, and empowered when we learn. I find community college students, in particular, to be exceptionally representative of the diversity that embodies our societal ideals. Many of them have been willing participants and enthusiastic coworkers in this outreach work.
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From:ambar
Date:November 9th, 2001 12:46 pm (UTC)

Re: Is it Friday? I hadn't noticed.

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Luc, I am in awe. Did you write that? (If so, why?) Or did you find it? (Where?)

Ambar
From:ex_lucianus799
Date:November 9th, 2001 12:50 pm (UTC)

Re: Is it Friday? I hadn't noticed.

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*laugh* You flatter me. I wrote it, just now, cos PC pisses me off and being snarky about it makes me grin. Playfulness comes in other guises, as well. Witness:

http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&selm=8hoh09%2458s%241%40nnrp1.deja.com
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From:mallen
Date:November 9th, 2001 01:42 pm (UTC)
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I'm just too much of a cranky bitch today to make my brain change the direct "Fuck You" response into some kind of PC jibber jabber.
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From:ambar
Date:November 9th, 2001 01:45 pm (UTC)
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We love your cranky bitchiness. I suspect I just have to put some words down in grammatical order; this is a generic application form shared by some 14 California community colleges.

(The job-specific application -- no, I'll make that a separate entry, so you can marvel.)
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From:tersa
Date:November 9th, 2001 02:48 pm (UTC)

Re: My Personal Reply To Such A Question, Probably Too Affrontive To Use

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Oh, bravo. This is pretty much my attitude about that question, and you summed it up in proper essay form nicely.
From:ex_lucianus799
Date:November 9th, 2001 03:21 pm (UTC)

Re: My Personal Reply To Such A Question, Probably Too Affrontive To Use

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Likewise, bravo. Unlike my essay, yours can't be dismissed as clever wordplay or snide irony. I can only hope that, if submitted, such candid words and nonconfrontational indignation finds someone who shares these values, if not your style.
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From:icis_machine
Date:December 4th, 2001 10:55 am (UTC)
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tromping through links i ended up here... thanks luc.

anyway, i wasn't required to write one for my college application but did anyway since i was borderline with my qualifications but i was working the chicana angle. it was one line which was basically, "i expect to learn as myself, not as a minority and expect no special treatment because it would tarnish my achievements" or some such natter.

this on the other hand forces your hand into some vague promises of community. why not just require community service as part of your degree? seem more honest and mutually fulfilling
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From:ambar
Date:December 4th, 2001 12:57 pm (UTC)
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Just FYI, this wasn't an application to attend the college, but a job application. I realize, rereading the entry, that it was probably clear from the context of other entries, but not if you read this one standalone. :-)
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