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

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

  • 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.



  • Audrie & Daisy (2016)
    Feb 21
    Tuesday, February 21, 2017
    420 Plemmons Student Union (Parkway Ballroom)
    Free event

    Join The Red Flag Campaign for the screening of Audrie & Daisy, an urgent real-life drama that examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools, and communities when two underage young women find that sexual assault crimes against them have been caught on camera. Free food and drink will be provided.

  • Film: Blood on the Mountain (2016)
    Feb 21
    Tuesday, February 21, 2017
    I.G. Greer Auditorium
    Free event

    Blood on the Mountain is an investigation into the economic and environmental injustices that have resulted from industrial control in West Virginia. Former coal miner Nick Mullins, who is featured in the film, will present this screening as part of the Sustainability Film Series.

  • Global Exchange: Chilean Cueca
    Feb 22
    Wednesday, February 22, 2017
    PSU Whitewater Cafe
    Free event

    Global Exchange brings domestic and international students together to enjoy music, food, and dance from around the world. With international student instructors Ignacia Meyer and Lucas Damaso De La Horra Barahona. Chilean snacks will be served.

  • To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)
    Feb 22
    Wednesday, February 22, 2017
    PSU Greenbriar Theatre

    Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town.


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.

Learn more