• Connor Burleson, Joy Maker
  • Derrick C. Jones '79
  • Michael Obacha
  • Salvador Salinas ’03
  • Willie Fleming ’80 ’84
  • Danny Garcia-Rosales, senior
  • Dr. Harry L. Williams '86 '88 '95
  • Dr. Kin-Yan Szeto
  • 12.8%

    Minority student enrollment

  • 45:55

    male-to-female student ratio

  • 170-180

    approximate number of international students each year

  • 8.7%

    non-Caucasian instructional faculty

  • 10-15%

    faculty with international backgrounds (estimated)

Sources: IRAP Fact Book, Office of International Education and Development.

Diversity statement

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.


  • Faces of Courage Award presented to four Appalachian alumni
    Monday, October 5, 2015

    They might not have realized it at the time, but many former Appalachian State University faculty, staff and students spearheaded the university’s diversity efforts beginning in the 1960s. Four of those individuals—Dr. Carolyn Anderson ’69, Dr. Willie Fleming ’80 ’84, Barbara Reeves Hart ’65 and Dr. Zaphon R. Wilson ’76 ’77—were honored with a Faces of Courage Award presented Oct. 2 during a Commemoration of Integration held on campus.

  • Appalachian awards honorary bachelor’s degree to Lenoir resident Patricia Beane
    Friday, October 2, 2015

    More than 50 years after enrolling in college, Lenoir resident Patricia Ferguson Beane now has a diploma. Beane received an honorary bachelor’s degree during Appalachian State University’s Celebration of Integration held Oct. 2 on campus.

  • Susan Cernyak-Spatz: Nazi Perpetrators Through The Eyes of the Victims
    Thursday, September 24, 2015

    Susan Cernyak-Spatz, who is a Professor Emerita of German Literature at UNC Charlotte, spoke at Appalachian in September 2015. For those who missed the event, the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies has archived her presentation.

  • Update on diversity initiatives at Appalachian
    Thursday, August 27, 2015

    Last year, Chancellor Everts charged the Chancellor’s Commission on Diversity to provide recommendations focused on the recruitment and retention of students, staff and faculty from underrepresented groups. At the end of the spring 2015 semester, the Chancellor’s Commission on Diversity, after a year of thoughtful work, presented the Chancellor with fourteen proposals.


  • 4th Annual UNC Hispanic/Latino Forum
    Oct 9

    October 9-10, 2015
    Plemmons Student Union / Reich College of Education Building

    Since 2012, Hispanic/Latino Faculty from the UNC System have come to together to discuss relevant issues facing our Latino communities and their impact on higher education.

  • Postcolonial Humanities:  Crossing Borders, Making Connections
    Oct 9
    Friday, October 9, 2015
    PSU Blue Ridge Ballroom

    How can the life stories of colonized peoples reclaim and transform the humanities for a postcolonial world? In our age of global markets, it is a very practical question involving flows of jobs, money, people, and products across borders. Presented by The Humanities Council at Appalachian State University.

  • Hispanic Heritage Festival
    Oct 9
    Friday, October 9, 2015
    PSU Parkway Ballroom

    Join us and the Hispanic Student Association in celebrating Hispanic Heritage! There will be food, live performances, dance lessons, craft tables, and much more!

  • Film: La Vida No Es Fácil
    Oct 9
    Friday, October 9, 2015
    PSU Parkway Ballroom

    “La Vida No Es Fácil,” directed by Maurice Martinez, examines the issue of the ineligibility of undocumented immigrants for in-state tuition at North Carolina's public universities and how this situation affects the lives of college-aged Latino students.

  • 4th Annual UNC Hispanic/Latino Forum Keynote Address: Ray Suarez
    Oct 10
    Saturday, October 10, 2015
    Reich College of Education Building

    Veteran journalist Ray Suarez is the permanent host of Al Jazeera America’s daily program “Inside Story” and is the author of the critically acclaimed “Latino Americans,” the companion book to the PBS documentary series of the same name.

  • Dr. Jon H. Carter: Reinventing Carceral Worlds: Critical Perspectives on the Neoliberal Penality in Honduras
    Oct 12
    Monday, October 12, 2015
    336 Anne Belk Hall

    Dr. Carter’s work in Honduras narrates the history of the current prison crisis wherein the vast majority of prison wards are designated “ungovernable” by formal authorities. His work describes the informal dynamics of prison administration where inmates themselves run prison interiors, engineering a variety of mechanisms by which to render livable the most neglected wards of confinement.


  • A Military Friendly® School

    Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded Appalachian State University the designation of Military Friendly School® for 2015. Appalachian has received this designation annually since 2010.

  • Appalachian’s emphasis on study abroad gains continued recognition

    The growing interest of students participating in study abroad at Appalachian State University has once again resulted in recognition from the International Institute of Education (IIE). In its 2014 Open Doors report, Appalachian is ranked 4th among the top 40 master’s degree granting institutions for the total number of students studying abroad in 2012-13, the year the rankings are based.

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.

  • 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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