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

  • 18%

    racially and ethnically underrepresented students*

    (fall 2020)

  • 56%

    growth in underrepresented students since 2014*

    (fall 2020)

  • 97%

    growth in first-year underrepresented students since 2014*

    (fall 2020)

  • 86.5%

    overall student retention rate

    (fall 2020)

  • 83.5%

    retention rate for underrepresented students*

    (fall 2020)

  • 41 : 59

    male-to-female student ratio

    (fall 2020)

  • 341

    enrolled student veterans

    (fall 2020)

  • 92

    enrolled international students

    (fall 2020)

  • 11.1%

    underrepresented full-time faculty

    (fall 2019)

  • 32%

    new faculty hires who are underrepresented

    (fall 2020)

  • 124

    underrepresented staff, up from 60 in 2014

    (fall 2019)

* Combined percentage of students who self-identify as Hispanic of any race; American Indian or Alaska Native; Black or African American; Asian; Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Two or more races; or are Nonresident Alien. This percentage is taken from the total number of students who elect to report their racial and/or ethnic identities, as well as Nonresident Alien students. Actual counts may be higher, as some students choose not to report their race or ethnicity.

Sources: IRAP, Military Affairs Committee, Office of International Education and Development.

“At Appalachian, we believe making real and powerful differences in the world is grounded in inclusive excellence.”

— Appalachian Chancellor Sheri Everts

Letter from the Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Willie Fleming ’80 ’84

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Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Willie Fleming ’80 ’84. Photo by Marie Freeman ’85

April 2020

As an Appalachian alumnus and staff member, I have seen firsthand how the infusion of diverse perspectives elevates and enriches our campus. Our responsibility as an institution of higher learning is to provide students with educational and cultural experiences that increase social competencies, celebrate diversity and foster inclusive excellence. We also work to build awareness about the impact of discriminatory actions and language so we can continue to grow together as a campus community.

Fostering discussion and action regarding diversity and inclusion is especially significant on a university campus, where academically focused environments allow students to be safely and responsibly exposed to diverse schools of thought through classroom teaching, the cultural arts, extracurricular activities and scholastic research.

Every member of the Appalachian Community wants to be valued, respected, safe and supported, and to have a sense of belonging on our campus. Thus, it is the privilege and responsibility of each member of our community to help build a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment.

At Appalachian, we embrace people of every race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability, religion or spirituality, nationality and socio-economic status. Sustaining such an inclusive campus community necessitates the active, intentional and ongoing engagement of diverse groups within the larger campus community. This important work requires our full attention and commitment, and I thank the faculty, staff, students and administrators who have contributed, and continue to contribute, their voice and vision.

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  • Virtual 5th Annual Women in Educational Leadership Symposium (WIELS)
    Oct 2

    October 2-3, 2020

    WIELS is a partnership between faculty members in the Leadership and Educational Studies at Appalachian State University and practicing educators. Our mandate is the development of an 'armoring process' that will equip women with pragmatic knowledge, skills, and dispositions that prepare them for success as educational leaders.

  • Mr. Jose Minaya
    Oct 2

    62nd Boyles Distinguished Lecture

    Friday, October 2, 2020

    Rescheduled from April 3, 2020. Mr. Jose Minaya—CEO of Nuveen, a TIAA company—oversees all operating and investment activities for more than $970 billion in assets spanning the globe and covering equities, fixed income, real estate, private markets, natural resources, other alternatives and responsible investments. Mr. Minaya also chairs the Nuveen global investment committee and is a member of the firm’s executive committee.

  • Renowned Oral Historian on 50 Years of Holocaust Survivor Research
    Oct 6

    Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies

    Tuesday, October 6, 2020

    The Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies invites the public to a talk by Dr. Henry (“Hank”) Greenspan on “Reflections from Fifty Years of Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Contrarian Views.” A prominent oral historian and accomplished playwright, Greenspan has developed much-noted new methodologies to interview and write about survivors. Presented online via Zoom.

  • Netflix and Representation Discussion Group
    Oct 8

    Reich College of Education

    Thursday, October 8, 2020

    Recently, Netflix has created its own content, much of it dealing with race, gender and sexualities in increasingly complex ways. People are watching how identities are portrayed, (re)forming their own identities and thinking through the representations of others in ways that are unprecedented and, at times, surprising. Damiana Pyles will facilitate conversations that explore a range of Netflix's original series together in the spirit of mutual learning and understanding.