• Michael Obacha
  • Brian Shangwa ’15
  • Salvador Salinas ’03
  • Connor Burleson, Joy Maker
  • Derrick C. Jones '79
  • Debbie Bauer ’05
  • Jordan Lancaster, sophomore
  • Willie Fleming ’80 ’84
  • 14.0%

    total underrepresented student enrollment

  • 15%

    2015 freshmen from traditionally underrepresented groups

  • 45:55

    male-to-female student ratio

  • 190

    approximate number of international students each year

  • 10%

    full-time faculty from underrepresented populations

  • 222

    service members in the student population

Sources: IRAP, Military Affairs Committee, 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.



  • Avenue Q
    Apr 27

    May 1
    April 27-May 1, 2016
    Valborg Theatre

    Originally conceived as a television series, “Avenue Q” is like “Sesame Street” for adults. It is a hilarious, irreverent, sweetly satiric coming-of-age parable performed by Muppet-style puppets alongside human actors. Rated R for adult themes and language.

  • Yom HaShoah 2016: The Mitzvah Project
    Apr 30
    Saturday, April 30, 2016
    PSU Blue Ridge Ballroom
    Free event

    The Mitzvah Project is a one-person play performed by Roger Grunwald, an acclaimed actor and child of survivor who co-wrote the piece with Broadway veteran and director Annie McGreevey. The play tells the tragic story of Christoph Rosenberg, a German half-Jew who became a decorated officer in Hitler’s army.

  • Yom HaShoah 2016: Public Reading of Names of European Jews Murdered by the Germans and their Collaborators
    May 5
    Thursday, May 5, 2016
    Belk Library and Information Commons

    On Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), the Center for Judaic Holocaust, and Peace Studies along with the Temple of the High Country and Appalachian's Hillel chapter will organize a public reading of the names of European Jews murdered by the Germans and their allies during the Holocaust.

  • Weicholz Global Film Series: Labyrinth of Lies (2014)
    Jun 28
    Tuesday, June 28, 2016
    Schaefer Center for the Visual Arts

    Johann Radmann is a young and idealistic public prosecutor who takes an interest in the case of Charles Schulz, a former Auschwitz extermination camp commander, who is now teaching at a school in West Berlin. Radmann is determined to bring Schulz to justice, but the horrors of the past and the hostility shown toward his work make it nearly impossible for him to find his way through the maze and to the truth.


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.

  • 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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