As a racial minority, I am so bummed I even have to answer this question. I'm sure I am probably overthinking this, but does race have any purpose on an application? I don't think programs have gotten more diverse as a result of this feature. Regardless, I want my accomplishments to speak for themselves. So my question is this: can programs actually see your photo as soon as it's uploaded or only after they invite you for interview? On this forum, I've read it's the latter, but when I asked my advisor, she said they can see them Sept 1 or whenever your application is submitted. If that's the case, I guess it would just make you look foolish to not answer the question as they can stare right at your photo and know. Maybe a PD can help with this. Thanks!