Appalachian’s commitment to building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive environment begins with the recruitment of students, faculty and staff who represent and/or support every race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability, religion or spirituality, nationality and socioeconomic status.
The work to increase recruitment of underrepresented faculty, staff and students is facilitated by several committees including the Chancellor’s Student Advisory Board for Diversity Recruitment, the Faculty Recruitment Working Group and the Faculty Diversity and Recruitment Training for Search Committees team. As a result of these efforts, Appalachian’s 2020–21 enrollment of 18% ethnically diverse students indicates a 56% growth since 2014. Additionally, in the last five years, the university’s underrepresented staff has more than doubled, increasing from 60 in 2014 to 124 in 2019 and, this year, 32% of new faculty hires are from underrepresented populations.
Below are links that offer insights into the admissions and hiring processes, and provide resources for underrepresented persons interested in attending or working at Appalachian.
- Admissions presentations and campus tours are offered in Spanish, upon request
- Chancellor's Student Advisory Board for Diversity Recruitment
- Cherokee Partnership (Gadugi Program)
- Diversity scholars
- Dr. Willie C. Fleming Scholars
- Holistic review process for admissions
- Housing accommodations for disabilities
- International students
- Military students
- Office of Admissions’ Open Houses
- Scholarships and financial aid
- Underrepresented student recruitment initiatives
- Virtual campus tour available in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese
Faculty and staff
- Faculty and staff recruitment assistance
- Faculty Fellows Program
- Hiring guidelines and policies
- Virtual campus tour available in English, Spanish and Mandarin
- Professional development:
Appalachian’s Office of Human Resources offers year-round professional development opportunities, many of which are focused on diversity and inclusion, including a dedicated training for Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Fundamentals (EEODF). Full workshop schedule
racially and ethnically underrepresented students*
growth in underrepresented students since 2014*
growth in first-year underrepresented students since 2014*
underrepresented full-time faculty
new faculty hires who are underrepresented
underrepresented staff, up from 60 in 2014
* 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.