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
(Fall 2017. A 10% increase over last year.)
ethnically diverse among first-year students *
male-to-female student ratio
number of international students on campus
ethnically diverse instructional faculty
enrolled student veterans
* 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.
Monday, June 11, 2018
The goal of the event was to encourage inclusionary practices and relationships that support a state in which everyone is valued, respected and supported.
Friday, April 6, 2018
During spring break of March 2018, 20 Appalachian State University students and three faculty members traveled to Cuba as part of a Walker College of Business international study experience. Travel along with the group and experience Cuba through this photo diary of their trip.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Appalachian’s Global Peacebuilding Project began this spring and continues into 2018-19.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Climate Justice Month, Earth Month and the Diversity Celebration all highlight Appalachian’s commitment to making a difference.
Friday, March 30, 2018
Grant funding from UNC Greensboro will allow an interdisciplinary team of Appalachian and UNC Greensboro faculty members to implement BRIDGES — a project designed to engage diverse groups in STEM learning.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Willie C. Fleming outlines his goal of “inclusive excellence” at Appalachian State University.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
The 2017 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year Award and a Boone pay-what-you-can cafe tell a story about hunger and the Appalachian Community.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
In praise of poetry, at a time when the arts and humanities are so under fire, it’s crucial to emphasize the reach and influence of literature and writing, of the arts and humanities — in all their guises — into often uncharted waters among people we don’t often think of as writers or poets or artists. On April 19, The Appalachian Veterans Arts & Humanities Collective at Appalachian hosted a staged reading of “Brothers Like These,” comprised of stories and poems, written by 18 Vietnam combat veterans.
With guest speaker Judy Shepard
Monday, August 20, 2018
Holmes Convocation Center
Judy Shepard, mother of the late Matthew Shepard and president of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, will speak at Appalachian’s Black and Gold Convocation. Appalachian’s Common Reading Program selection “The Laramie Project” by Moisés Kaufman is a play about the community of Laramie, Wyoming, in the aftermath of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, who was a gay student at the University of Wyoming.
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Rachel Stevens is a Professor of Art at New Mexico State University where she has taught sculpture since 1994. She spent the better part of last year (2017-18) on a Fulbright Scholarship in Ukraine where she completed a new exhibition, A Key to the City: Three Ways of Visualizing Jewish Heritage in Lviv.
Monday, August 27, 2018
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Strengthening Appalachian’s diversity commitment by engaging our community in a conversation about diversity, equity, inclusion and change, this one-hour, TED Talk-style presentation features one of the nation’s recognized experts in strategic diversity leadership, youth development, corporate responsibility and organizational change.
A public address by the author of “The Laramie Project”
Monday, September 17, 2018
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Moisés Kaufman is the founder and artistic director of Tectonic Theater Project, a Tony- and Emmy-nominated director and playwright, and a 2015 recipient of the National Medal of Arts. His play “The Laramie Project” is about the community of Laramie, Wyoming, in the aftermath of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, who was a gay student at the University of Wyoming. The murder, which was denounced as a hate crime, sparked a national debate.
College campuses have historically been places where students shine a spotlight on issues of national and international importance, and Appalachian is no exception.
July 18, 2017
Alumni Matt and Laura Parker run a nonprofit called The Exodus Road that has facilitated the rescue of more than 800 slaves. They credit their Appalachian education with influencing their worldview and what it means to serve others.
Social Justice Week (SJW) is a series of events dedicated to addressing some of the world's most pressing social/human rights issues. The third annual event took place in 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.