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

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.



  • Convocation 2017: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
    Aug 21
    Monday, August 21, 2017
    Holmes Convocation Center

    Help welcome our new students by attending convocation. The convocation address will be delivered by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, author of “One Amazing Thing,” Appalachian's 2017 Common Reading Program selection.

  • High Country Half Marathon
    Aug 26
    Saturday, August 26, 2017

    As the second race in the High Country Triple Crown series, the High Country Half Marathon is celebrating its seventh annual race. All proceeds benefit Girls on the Run of the High Country, a self-confidence building program for girls in the third through eighth grades.

  • Workshop: Genocide Testimonies in the Classroom and Research
    Aug 28
    Monday, August 28, 2017
    421 Belk Library and Information Commons
    Registration required

    Facilitated by Dr. Jared McBride (UCLA/USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research), workshop participants will have full access to the Foundation’s Visual History Archive that contains over 54,000 video testimonies of survivors and other eyewitnesses of the Holocaust, the Rwandan, Armenian, Cambodian, and Guatemalan genocides, and the Nanjing Massacre in China.

  • Step Afika!
    Aug 28
    Monday, August 28, 2017
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
    Free event

    Come check out this high-energy program and learn about the history and art of stepping. As the world’s first professional company dedicated to this art form, the dancers of Step Afrika! use their bodies as instruments, integrating stepping with African traditional dance and other dance forms to create a high-energy, sharply choreographed, and incredibly entertaining performance.


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.

  • Thwarting Human Traffickers
    July 18, 2017

    Alumni Matt and Laura Parker run a nonprofit called The Exodus Road that has facilitated the rescue of more than 800 slaves. They credit their Appalachian education with influencing their worldview and what it means to serve others.

  • Social Justice Week

    Social Justice Week (SJW) is a series of events dedicated to addressing some of the world's most pressing social/human rights issues. The third annual event took place in 2017.

  • 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.

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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