You are applying to be part of a diversity, inclusion, and ethics team at your school or workplace. As part of the application process, you must write a cover letter to the head of the Diversity and Ethics Committee.
There are two things you must include in the cover letter:
1. Address the two questions about you and your background
2. Write a one-paragraph response to the scenario provided
Each paragraph of your cover letter (there will be three in total) should be at least five to seven sentences long.
Use this template to write the first 2 paragraphs for your cover letter. Each paragraph should be at least 5–7 sentences long.
Describe how your background and unique perspective would be a valuable addition to the team. Which sociological concepts we’ve explored in this course might help you make the case? Think of aspects like your background, experiences, and talents.
Give an example of a time when you intentionally looked at other diverse and ethical perspectives in order to make a more ethical decision. Were there any sociological concepts that could help explain your decision-making process? What were they, and what influence did they have?
In the graduate program at Herringbone University, students are allowed only one missed class per semester before facing academic discipline. Three female students have approached you, as the diversity and ethics officer, with a concern about the policy. They explain that they all have young children (as do many students in the program) and that getting childcare during class times is difficult since some of the classes don’t end until 8 o’clock in the evening. They feel the policy is unfair—especially since the university doesn’t offer any support, leniency on the policy, or childcare options. In addition, the location of the university (in an upper-middle-class neighborhood where most children have at least one parent at home) is inconvenient for most of the students, who reside in a neighborhood where children typically have either two working parents or a single working parent.
Use this template to answer three questions about the scenario you just read. Your responses will make up the third paragraph of your cover letter. The whole paragraph should be 5–7 sentences, so you should write around 1–3 sentences for each question
Why is it important to consider diverse and ethical perspectives in this situation?
How would you raise awareness and communicate the importance to others at your school in your role on the Diversity and Ethics Committee?
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