CaliEdSchoolNerd Posted October 25, 2018 Share Posted October 25, 2018 I'm currently applying to PhD programs in education, all in the LA area (UCLA, USC, and Loyola). I was wondering if it makes sense to highlight in my SoP for the section on personal history/diversity my sexuality (I'm gay) and the fact that I am a candidate for ministry in the Presbyterian Church. I am a little wary of putting too much personal information in the application, since I'd rather have my experience and research interests speak for themselves, but considering these are both pretty important aspects of my personality, I can't really leave them out. Do you think admissions committees would look at this as diversity? I'm a little worried that the religious dimension will seem strange to secular academics (although I should note that my MDiv is from a very well-respected research university, not a bible college). I'm a white man, by the way. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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