Appalachian State University is committed to developing and allocating resources to the fundamental task of creating a diverse campus culture. We value diversity as the expression of human similarities and differences, as well as the importance of a living and learning environment conducive to knowledge, respect, acceptance, understanding and global awareness.
- Appalachian State University Diversity Statement
total underrepresented student enrollment
2016 freshmen from traditionally underrepresented groups
2016 male-to-female student ratio
number of international students on campus in fall 2016
full-time faculty from underrepresented populations
self-identified service members in the student population
Sources: IRAP, Military Affairs Committee, Office of International Education and Development.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Appalachian’s two-year Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program creates a more inclusive education for many students.
Friday, February 17, 2017
McLarney is one of the leading lights on today’s poetry scene. On March 2, she will kick off the spring portion of the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Timothy Hefflinger is living in the remote Himalayan region of Ladakh in the small city of Leh and working with an NGO called Snow Leopard Conservancy India Trust (SLC-IT). His main project is the revitalization of Himalayan Homestays, an eco-tourism program that enables tourists to stay in the homes of normal Ladakhi families instead of camping, which is damaging to the high-altitude meadows.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Sarah Mbiki is an advocate for the role academic and professional student clubs play in the Appalachian State University experience. The senior computer science major credits her experience in the Women in Computer Science club for providing her with support and mentorship opportunities as she completes a challenging major and prepares for work in a field that is traditionally male-dominated.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Want to work toward meaningful social change? Ombuds Bob Hill offers five tips for acting on your conscience in challenging times.
Friday, May 13, 2016
This month marks the end of our academic year and provides an opportunity for us to reflect and evaluate the progress on our diversity priorities.
Friday, April 22, 2016
In a recent visit to Appalachian State University’s podcast studio, one of America’s foremost African American voices, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, shares his thoughts on 21st-century activism, and the value of empathy.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Anthropologist and author Nina Jablonski posits human evolution has taken off like the world’s fastest sprinter, dramatically changing the human face of the earth. She explores skin color and race and the roles they’ve played socially, biologically and from a health perspective over the last 200,000 years.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
PSU Greenbriar Theater
Appalachian faculty member and documentary filmmaker Kevin Kennedy will present his documentary “Germans in Jamaica: War, Spies and Camps,” which describes how Jamaica became a safe haven for a few thousand Germans in various internment camps on the far-flung island. A question and answer session with Kennedy will follow.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
The Dances of Universal Peace are simple, joyous circle and partner dances that use sacred phrases and chants from many spiritual traditions. Live music and movements help us touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and recognize it in others.
Friday, February 24, 2017
PSU Greenbriar Theatre
Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
This eclectic quartet’s retro sound combines a refreshing blend of pop, classic R&B, jazz and soul with an infectious, easy going groove.
College campuses have historically been places where students shine a spotlight on issues of national and international importance, and Appalachian is no exception.
August 5, 2016
An Appalachian global studies student takes on fast-fashion, engaging the university along the way to improve conditions for workers producing licensed collegiate apparel.
June 30, 2016
On Monday, June 13, more than 170 members of the Appalachian State University and High Country community gathered in the Solarium at Plemmons Student Union in remembrance of those whose lives were taken and endangered by the mass shooting in Orlando on Sunday, June 12.
January 15, 2016
The Appalachian community is bringing the internationally renowned Sustained Dialogue Initiative to campus. The result will be dialogues designed to cultivate strong, trusting relationships and to foster respect for each individual and their ability to contribute to positive change.
December 8, 2014
A documentation of a student-organized #BlackLivesMatter solidarity demonstration held on Appalachian State University’s campus December 8, 2014.
October 29, 2014
On October 29, 2014, students, faculty and staff participated in a silent demonstration to raise awareness about and create support for the “other” part of the App State community.
Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock formed the 35-member Chancellor’s Commission on Diversity in Spring 2013 to ensure Appalachian is a welcoming community of scholars which values, respects and embraces diversity across all units.