Do search committees see voluntary demographic info?

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In our newest “how can we help you?” thread, a job applicant asks:

Is it really the case that search committees do not have access to the “voluntary self-identification” of race, gender, etc? I know there are other ways of ascertaining this information, but I wonder how much of the confidentiality of this information is BS.

Good question. Another reader submitted the following reply:

I worked at a university in the US – faculty members NEVER have access to the voluntary self-identification information on race, gender, etc. From my experience, it works in your favour to file out the form in the USA if you are from a protected class. Someone’s status as a veteran, for example, may affect their prospects of moving forward in a search.

Any other search committee members care to weigh in?

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