I have been thinking about his for awhile, but does being an ethnic minority (I am hispanic) have an advantage in these two field? I know these fields are actually not that diverse (compared to others). I question this because out of my graduating class at school for Geography, I am the only minority (and my school is very diverse). Everyone else is white. From what I have seen too, the Urban Planning, and L.A. world is not that diverse either (correct me if I am wrong).
This came up because UPenn's Design school (PennDesign), keeps bugging me with brochures, emails, and they called me once. Funny thing is I have never ever contacted them, or have ever had an interest in their school (For two reasons 1. So darn expensive 2. I doubt I would ever get in, it is ivy leauge). I am curious as to how they found out, and why an ivy leauge school keeps contacting me. Usually the better the school, the less they will have to "put themselves out there".
So in terms of acceptances of school does me being a minority for grad school in L.A. or Urban Planning have a huge affect? How about for the work world, will I experience the same? Is it a benefit, a disadvantage, or does it really not matter in these fields?