Diversity at Appalachian

Appalachian is committed to achieving and sustaining inclusive excellence for its campus community. In recent years, the university has made forward strides to ensure its campus is welcoming to all students. Notable milestones include celebrating the most diverse class in university history in fall 2020, dedicating the National Pan-Hellenic Council’s Plots and Garden, hosting the annual Inclusion Infusion Summer Diversity Institute, expanding language translation services and opening a dedicated student veteran resource center.

Learn more about Appalachian’s recent milestones

Ongoing trainings

App State regularly offers trainings for faculty, staff and students. Notably, 90% of academic departments and nearly 25% of staff offices and departments have received training in implicit bias.

Trainings are offered on the topics of:

  • class, power and influence.
  • creating an inclusive campus community.
  • cultural competence.
  • implicit bias.
  • inclusive excellence.
  • internalized oppression.
  • micro-aggressions.
  • understanding religious and cultural accommodations.

Policies and protocols

The below links provide quick access to a variety of policies, protocols and initiatives that help promote a diverse, inclusive and safe environment for the entire Appalachian Community.

Find data

In addition to the data points listed on the main page of this site, below are sources of information related to diversity and inclusion at Appalachian and the UNC System.

Appalachian data

UNC System data

The UNC System’s most recent strategic plan, implemented in 2018, set a series of system-level and institution-level goals to help strengthen each institution, improve student outcomes and expand access to affordable high-quality degrees. Several of these goals address challenges faced by underrepresented students. The below links provide access to UNC System dashboards that track the progress of the UNC System and Appalachian.