Since being laid off in November I have been applying for jobs like crazy and at the end of nearly all online applications there is a brief survey. This survey usually consists of a few different things; ethnicity, race, gender, veteran, disability, etc.
If you haven't seen my name and my picture yet, take a look. I clearly have no Latino ancestry...which is why all of my friends here in the US make fun of me so much. When I fill out these surveys at the end of a job application I'm just not sure what to pick; should I choose to not disclose? Should I put that I'm white, non-hispanic. Should I say I'm hispanic, but fear if the HR person sees that and sees me and my name they will think there has been some mistake?
The very last survey I finished I chose not to disclose, just to mix it up a little. But the introduction to the question had this as an explanation:
Hispanic or Latino: a person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
I like how this says culture, regardless of race. According to this I can claim to be Hispanic or Latina. Now my friends back in Mexico would never argue this, but my friends, family and acquaintances here in the US laugh at me when I say that I have Mexican, Hispanic or Latin ethnicity. And although my ancestors came to the US 100+ years ago from Norway and Germany; I know zero German and zero Norwegian. The only traditional food I can make is lefsa; which I learned from my aunt who has never stepped foot outside of the US.
This is me just killing time between job hunting. Any thoughts/opinions on this?