I think that every applicant is in some way different and if the selection process is properly organized, there is no "groups" as you call them. It's easy to hide every individual person between a couple of words like "Indian IT" or "Silicon Valley startup guy" or "big 4 accountant from China", but I wouldn't want to be accepted to any kind of the program, which selects students this way.
I think that "IT" is a stronger differentiating factor than "Indian" if you'd ask for my opinion (especially if you are an Indian who lived all your life in Wisconsin). But it actually depends on the context. I don't think that seeing "Indian" and "IT" in combination is enough to reject the application, but the lack of something that differentiates you from other candidates actually is.
Agreed to an extent, BUT, some schools have different application managers for different regions of the world (someone who is more familiar with the corporate structure and business culture in Asia will review apps coming from asia). So it is possible that US IT will not by clumped into Indian IT. Personally, I fall into white US IT, but... I didn't sell myself at a simple IT guy, I'm far from it. IT or not, Indian or not, you have to tie your experiences into a story that correlates with you goals, depicts who you are as a person, and explains how you fit within a schools culture and mission.
Thank you for both for your responses.
I asked this question because I, like highwyre237, am a white male IT guy, but not a engineer/developer only type (more like an analyst). As I prepare myself for the upcoming fall application cycle, I only grew more and more concerned that I'd have to different myself from all IT applicants, not just those in the same demographic.
I wholeheartedly agree with both of you: you must have something that differentiates yourself from your competitors; I just had no idea how large of a group my competition was.
Again, thank you for your time and helpful thoughts; It was greatly appreciated.