• Traci Royster
  • Latwanna Singleton ’13
  • Susan M. Branch ’99
  • Ray Christian
  • Brian Shangwa ’15
  • Fidel Leal
  • Carys Kunze '14
  • Kemal Atkins ’92 ’96
  • 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.

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.



  • Dr. Alice P. Wright: Neolithic Transitions in the Native Southeast
    Jan 25
    Wednesday, January 25, 2017
    336 Anne Belk Hall
    Free event

    Archaeologists have debated the nature and pace of social, political, economic, and religious transformations associated with emergence of agriculture and village life for decades. Research in the Near East and Europe has revealed that these processes unfolded across several millennia, and that their effects continue to shape the world we live in today—some identify the "Neolithic revolution" as the beginning of the Anthropocene.

  • Global Exchange
    Jan 25
    Wednesday, January 25, 2017
    PSU Whitewater Cafe
    Free event

    Featuring Greek dancing with instructor Maria Anastasiou. Global Exchange is a free monthly event that brings domestic and international students together to enjoy music, food, and dance from around the world.

  • Teaching Justice, Teaching Love
    Jan 26
    Thursday, January 26, 2017
    RCOE Rotunda
    Free event

    Please join the Reich College of Education for Teaching Justice, Teaching Love - emphasizing how educators can confront injustice and inequity with creativity, knowledge, and experience.

  • Holocaust Denial and Its Dramatization—Screening of <em>Denial</em> and Panel Discussion
    Jan 26
    Thursday, January 26, 2017
    I.G. Greer Auditorium

    Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel.

    This screening will be followed by a panel of Holocaust and Jewish Studies scholars that will discuss the film. Panelists include Assistant Professor Chris Patti, a Communications scholar who has worked on Holocaust survivor storytelling; Prof. Rosemary Horowitz, a specialist in Jewish literature and literacy and a member of Appalachian’s English Department; and Prof. Thomas Pegelow Kaplan, a Holocaust scholar and the Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies.


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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