• Christine Sita Davé
  • Connor Burleson, Joy Maker
  • Brian Shangwa ’15
  • Traci Royster
  • Salvador Salinas ’03
  • Latwanna Singleton ’13
  • Kacey Griffin ’13
  • Carys Kunze '14
  • 15%

    total underrepresented student enrollment

  • 17%

    2016 freshmen from traditionally underrepresented groups

  • 45:55

    approximate male-to-female student ratio

  • 190

    approximate number of international students each year

  • 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.

Diversity statement

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.



  • Women in Educational Leadership Symposium (WIELS)
    Sep 30

    Oct 2
    September 30-October 2, 2016

    The purpose of WIELS is to bring women together to share, learn, and grow in leadership. This year's theme is Advancing the Leader Within: Building Capacity. Keynote speakers will be Dr. Sheri N. Everts, Dr. June Atkinson and Dr. Stephanie Williams. Register now

  • Film Screening: “Remember”
    Oct 6
    Thursday, October 6, 2016
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

    With aid from a fellow Auschwitz survivor, a widower who struggles with memory loss embarks on a cross-country odyssey to find the former Nazi responsible for the deaths of his family members.

  • Visiting Writers Series: Bruce Weigl
    Oct 6
    Thursday, October 6, 2016
    PSU Table Rock Room

    Poet, essayist and 2016 Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Bruce Weigl is the author or editor, translator or co-translator of over 20 books of poetry, criticism and memoir, including “The Abundance of Nothing” (2012), which was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.

  • Remembering the Great Flood of 1916: Come Hell or High Water
    Oct 19
    Wednesday, October 19, 2016
    I.G. Greer Theatre

    The film “Remembering the Great Flood” explores the history of the Western North Carolina's worst natural disaster that marks its 100th year anniversary in July but also asks the question, what have we learned? Filmmaker David Weintraub will lead a discussion with local natives and historians.


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.

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