As long as they've written somewhere that your response to this question will in no way affect your application (apart from the fact you have to!) then you're being judged solely on merits. Some public institutions have to report their staff/interviewee/applicant ethnicity due to rules placed upon them, therefore 'cannot' consider applications without the question being answered.
If you suspect that some kind of discrimination is in place at the institution, 'positive' or otherwise, then I wouldn't apply anyway!
It does sound like it could be manipulated for positive discrimination.
However, a lot of businesses are duty bound nowadays to include an ethnic questionnaire. Unfortunately a lot of people don't bother completing them, so these companies have no proper statistics of how diverse their jobs appeal to ethnic minorities. Maybe this is an attempt to force people to complete this part of the application?
Say you're a black muslim lesbian with a hare lip and you're a shoo-in.
I mean, how many boxes does that one tick?
Prob a clause they have to include for their powers that be
Think you're overthinking it.
If there's an 'other' category for ethnic origin, use that. Just put 'Alien' in it.
I always hate filling those in as my ethnic origin is always listed as
Mixed - Black African, English.
Says bugger all about my family, my family's history, me, or my employability. Plus, 'mixed' is just a horrible term.. makes me sound confused.
However, I always fill them in because I believe that its important for employers to check the diversity of their employees - not to positively disciminate - but to catch anything dodgy early...ie 'negative' discrimination. Same as for gender, age, sexuality, etc.
KK - if you mean is collecting information an act of racial discrimination?, the answer is no. If you mean, will this information be used to inform a decision?, the answer is also no. If you mean, would using the information to inform a decision be an act of racial discrimination? - then the answer is yes.
Why collect it if you aren't going to use it?
My favourite stupid phrase at the moment is "dual parentage" which is intended to mean mixed race.
Well - I must fall into this category as the last time I checked mummy met daddy, they got jiggy and had me.
And there were definitely two of them there.
I hate the ethnicity question. I never know what to put anyway. My mum is German, my dad hails from a Scottish background with an Indian father. I wish they had a box that says "who cares" because I'd tick that every time.
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