• Fidel Leal
  • Sarah Mbiki
  • Brian Shangwa ’15
  • Ray Christian
  • Traci Royster
  • Susan M. Branch ’99
  • Kemal Atkins ’92 ’96
  • Guin Thi

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

  • 15%

    total underrepresented student enrollment

  • 17%

    2016 freshmen from traditionally underrepresented groups

  • 44:56

    2016 male-to-female student ratio

  • 160

    number of international students on campus in fall 2016

  • 10%

    full-time faculty from underrepresented populations

  • 276

    self-identified service members in the student population

Sources: IRAP, Military Affairs Committee, Office of International Education and Development.



  • Ancient Forests and Dearly Departed Ships (or, How to Summon Answers from Dead Wood)
    Apr 26
    Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Drawing from scientific, philosophical, and artistic processes, Dr. Sara Rich will present methods developed in the East Mediterranean and North Atlantic for interrogating the inanimate but knowledgeable entities of shipwrecks, forest landscapes and soggy old bits of wood.

  • Global Exchange: Cuban Salsa
    Apr 26
    Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    PSU Whitewater Cafe
    Free event

    Global Exchange brings domestic and international students together to enjoy music, food, and dance from around the world. Beginner's salsa dance lesson with instructor Aneisy Cardo starts at 4:10 pm. No experience necessary!

  • Flight from the Mahabharath
    Apr 26

    April 26-30, 2017
    Valborg Theatre

    By Muthal Naidoo. The play looks at the Mahabharata from a woman's point of view and the Epic becomes a metaphor for the patriarchal society in which women function mainly as adjuncts.

  • Appalachian Gospel Choir: Nothing to Fear
    Apr 26
    Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    Rosen Concert Hall
    Free event

    The Appalachian Gospel Choir, a student ensemble of Appalachian State University, sings music drawn from the African-American religious experience. The April 26 program will typify the group’s penchant for singing music with lively syncopated rhythms and soul-stirring harmonies.


Global Thinking, Local Action

College campuses have historically been places where students shine a spotlight on issues of national and international importance, and Appalachian is no exception.

  • Making Change
    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.

  • Appalachian stands in solidarity with Orlando
    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.

  • Sustained Dialogue Initiative begins Spring 2016
    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.

  • Four and a Half Minutes
    December 8, 2014

    A documentation of a student-organized #BlackLivesMatter solidarity demonstration held on Appalachian State University’s campus December 8, 2014.

  • #otherappstate
    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's Commission on Diversity

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.

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