I am a rising senior intending to apply to T20 colleges in the fall. I am ethnically 25% Hispanic (as in European Spain) and 75% other European ethnicities. My mother and my maternal grandfather were born in Spain. I usually identify as white because being Hispanic is not a huge part of my life. However, being an ethnic minority can help increase college admissions chances so I was considering identifying as Hispanic on applications. Do you guys think that this is ethical? Although I am technically Hispanic I feel that affirmative action plans are created to help people who are discriminated against due to their ethnicities, and I have never faced discrimination because I look white. Is it even legal for me to identify as Hispanic? I can’t find any guidelines and to what constitutes Hispanic and what doesn’t, but if there aren’t any guidelines then just anyone could go around identifying as an ethnic minority! Could I get in trouble for applying as Hispanic when I am 75% white?
Please let me know what you would do if you were in my position, advice is appreciated!