Strange question at audition

<p>was anyone asked their ethnic background during the acting portion of the audition?</p>

<p>What was the question, exactly: "What is your ethnic heritage?"</p>

<p>Basically my d was asked if she was a certain ethnicity, which she is, and she answered yes. There was no follow up that would let her know why this inappropriate question was asked.</p>

<p>it may have been for diversity reasons.
They might not have been sure so they asked her to confirm.</p>

<p>What do you mean "diversity reasons?"</p>

<p>Schools always say they want diversity in their classes.
People from different backgrounds, races, etc. all make up that category.
Not just skinny, tall, big, blond such.</p>

<p>Sorry if that sounded racial or anything, it totally wasn't meant to be.</p>

<p>I propose that you consider that the question may have been asked for a totally innocent reason. For example, I can totally see myself asking something similar -- but not with any judgment behind it! Based on the concern you've expressed over the question your daugher was asked, I'm realizing that perhaps I am not always totally politically correct. BUT, I never intend to offend anyone.</p>

<p>I'm a naturally curious person, and I am always interested in learning as much as I can about someone I meet. If their physical appearance or look is unique, I'll occasionally ask what their ethnic background is -- again, NOT to be nosey, rude, or with any intention of being inappropriate! It's simply because I'm interested in knowing more about the person and about their background. It could certainly be the case in your daughter's situation. Perhaps they were simply interested in her, which is a great thing!</p>

<p>tiffw: when you ask it, I assume it is in a social setting. But, an institution that receives federal funds must be very careful. The race questions that are asked on the application forms are supposed to be for statistic purposes and not used in the vetting process. Also, asking the student about their ethnic background is bad enough. But, asking them if they are -----, when they really are some other ethnicity, is wrong. It creates undue anxiety in the student for something they cannot change.</p>