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The Requirements: 1 essay of 400 words
Supplemental Essay Type(s): Community
Don’t let this wall of text fool you. The last two sentences of this prompt ask the real questions: What an inclusive environment means to you, and what key factors contribute to creating one. There, now you know this is a pretty straightforward Community essay! But don’t totally ignore the introduction because it contains some helpful hints about what kinds of details and issues you should address in your response: privilege, bias, identity, and your ability to connect with your peers. With a 400 word limit, this prompt gives you a good amount of space to respond, which means a perfunctory nod to the value of diversity won’t be enough. They want details! So provide them via a personal story or anecdote. Think of a time when you dealt directly with the question of inclusion: For some, this could mean recalling a time when you knew you were the minority in the room. For others, this could be about facing the memory of a time when you were guilty of exclusion or bias. Regardless of the angle, focus on the conflict resolution: What did you or your community do to make the situation right? How have you grown from this experience? Simply going through the exercise of thinking about an example will help you come up with a concrete definition for inclusion and specific factors that allow diverse and accepting communities to exist. While your story should be the focal point, don’t forget to answer the question in the end!