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Minority Student question

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by mmasurf, May 1, 2007.

  1. mmasurf

    mmasurf 10+ Year Member

    Dec 5, 2006
    hello, my friend claims that he is a minority because he is of Lebanese (arab) descent. Is that true can he put down he is a minority? i thought it was only Hispanics, African Americans and native Americans. But if you think about it there aren't many Arabs in the US so what do you guys think?
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  3. aggie-master

    aggie-master Scrub 7+ Year Member

    Apr 3, 2004
    He's not a minority by the U.S. definition. Arabs fall under the white category.

    The only "white" people that are considered minorities by the government are descendants of Spaniards that came here a long time ago.

    Tell him to change his last name to sound more Spanish and then tell them that he's Cuban or something like that.
  4. pre-dentalguy

    pre-dentalguy Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 7, 2006
    LOL!!!!!!!!!:laugh: :laugh:
  5. pudz

    pudz 2+ Year Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    He has every right to consider himself a minority. Arab is OTHER, in fact it's the most "other" group of all ethnic minorities in this country right now... for obvious reasons.
  6. This is made funnier by the fact that you're near me, in San Antonio. Good old South TX / North Mexico. :laugh:
  7. doctorloomis

    doctorloomis Junior Member 2+ Year Member

    May 18, 2006
    Underrepresented minorities such as African American, American Indian, and Latinos are the ones that most benefit from their status. While this person can mark Arab or Other on the transcript, they will almost assuredly be considered with the white, asian, and other non-minority applicants. In other words, that person is not considered an underrepresented minority by most dental schools.

    The reason is that this country has a far greater need for african american, indian, and latino dentists in those respective communities. During the application process, there is an effective difference between being a minority and an underrepresented minority. Make sure the Lebanese applicant realizes the differences between the two or he may be in for a rude awakening when he is does not receive the treatment he was expecting during the application process.

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