I don't see how this differs significantly from questions about race. I don't really support those being asked either, because I do believe that plays a role in the admissions process. I mean, the article states this is part of their mission to increase diversity, so obviously the answer to this question *is* being taken into consideration. I freely admit that my views may be skewed due to never experiencing discrimination growing up as white, upper middle class, private school girl, but I think admissions should be merit-based only. I apologize if this comes off as ignorant.