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



  • Film: Germans in Jamaica: Wars, Spies and Camps
    Feb 23
    Thursday, February 23, 2017
    PSU Greenbriar Theater
    Free event

    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.

  • TCVA Workshop: Dances of Universal Peace: Body Prayer, Meditation in Movement
    Feb 24
    Friday, February 24, 2017
    Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
    Free event

    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.

  • To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)
    Feb 24
    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.

  • Lake Street Dive
    Feb 25
    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.


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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