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

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.



  • Young People's Global Film Series: My Lucky Elephant (2013)
    Jun 27
    Tuesday, June 27, 2017
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
    $5 includes ticket, snack and drink

    A young orphaned boy and a baby elephant end up together in an adventure that takes them from an exotic jungle to a bustling city. They’ll discover that through all the laughter, the fun, the challenges and the surprises, life is better when you share it with a friend.

  • Weicholz Global Film Series: The Innocents (2016)
    Jun 28
    Wednesday, June 28, 2017
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    Based on a true story, The Innocents tells the story of a French Red Cross doctor, Mathilde Beaulieu, who is treating the last of the French survivors of a German prison camp in a clinic outside of Warsaw. There will be a pre-film talk with Dr. John Pfeifer.

  • Weicholz Global Film Series: Worlds Apart (2015)
    Jul 5
    Wednesday, July 5, 2017
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    Set in modern day Greece, Worlds Apart is comprised of three distinct love stories between a foreigner and a Greek citizen. Each story represents a different generation falling in love during a time of socioeconomic turmoil, globalization and forced immigration. There will be a pre-film talk with Dr. John Pfeifer.

  • Eastern Festival Orchestra featuring Midori
    Jul 9
    Sunday, July 9, 2017
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
    $35 / $31.50 / $25

    Under the direction of Maestro Gerard Schwarz, the Eastern Festival Orchestra returns to the festival for an afternoon of memorable symphonic music featuring internationally renowned violinist Midori, and Hunter Bockes, first-prize winner of the 2016 Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists.


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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