• Susan M. Branch ’99
  • Ray Christian
  • Sarah Mbiki
  • Kemal Atkins ’92 ’96
  • Brian Shangwa ’15
  • Traci Royster
  • Guin Thi
  • 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.

Say What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App State

March 23 - 31, 2017

Through a weeklong series of conversations, panel discussions, speeches and forums with experts in the field, our community will explore the questions of balance between respect for and obligation to the First Amendment and an institutional culture of respect for thought, belief and community.

News

Events

  • What is Hate Speech?
    Mar 23
    Thursday, March 23, 2017
    5:00pm-7:00pm
    114 Belk Library and Information Commons
    Free event

    Hate speech – it’s a term we hear in conversation, in the media and in discussions of free speech. But what does “hate speech” mean? Our faculty panel brings legal, political and journalism expertise to a discussion of the legal and social implications on our campus and in American society.

  • Moonlight (2016)
    Mar 23

    25
    March 23-25, 2017
    7 & 9:30pm
    I.G. Greer Auditorium

    A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

  • Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
    Mar 24
    Friday, March 24, 2017
    7:30pm
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
    $12 / $8

    Join us for one of North America's largest screenings of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. This year, Outdoor Programs is celebrating its 21st Anniversary of hosting the World Tour!

  • Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
    Mar 25
    Saturday, March 25, 2017
    7:30pm
    Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
    $12 / $8

    Join us for one of North America's largest screenings of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. This year, Outdoor Programs is celebrating its 21st Anniversary of hosting the World Tour!

Accolades

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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