When Disclosure Is Not a Choice | Alina Wong


(quick tonal music) – For many, disclosing your racial and ethnic identity may
not feel like a choice. People make assumptions
about our identities based on name, appearance,
and community involvement. Try not to worry about what
they might be thinking. Instead, focus on how you
want to present yourself, who you are, and your experiences. Know yourself and be confident
in how your identities and experiences have
uniquely prepared you. Your resume might contain leadership in a cultural identity group
that reflects who you are, like the National Society
for Black Engineers, the Asian Pacific Islander
Desi American Caucus, or the American Association
of University Women at Penn State World Campus. Do not shy away from talking about what you learned from
these leadership roles. Talk about how they connect
with your identities and helped you to gain your skills, knowledge, and confidence. For some positions, your
racial or ethnic identity might be related to the mission and purpose of the organization. It might be helpful to talk
about how your identities inform and inspire your
commitments and interests. Most organizations and companies value diversity and inclusion. Your experiences in
multicultural organizations may have helped you
gain valuable experience in working collaboratively
in a diverse community. Focus on the skills and knowledge related to the position requirements and answer this question for yourself: What makes you qualified for the job? Remember, you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you. What they ask you and
how they respond to you are important indicators of whether you want to work with them. (echoing tonal music)

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