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

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.



  • Flight from the Mahabharath
    Apr 26

    April 26-30, 2017
    Valborg Theatre

    By Muthal Naidoo. The play looks at the Mahabharata from a woman's point of view and the Epic becomes a metaphor for the patriarchal society in which women function mainly as adjuncts.

  • Hidden Figures (2016)
    Apr 27

    April 27-29, 2017
    7 & 9:30pm
    I.G. Greer Auditorium

    Based on a true story. A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions.

  • SDAP Coffee Talk
    Apr 28
    Friday, April 28, 2017
    Reich College of Education Rotunda
    Free event

    Love coffee? How about breakfast treats? Care to score some free smiles? Look no further! The Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program (SDAP) presents Coffee Talk, a series promoting interaction between people of all abilities.

  • Roots of Resilience Film Festival
    Apr 28
    Friday, April 28, 2017
    PSU Blue Ridge Ballroom
    Free event

    Sustainability endeavors are growing strong in our community. The Roots of Resilience Film Festival celebrates some of these efforts through a series of seven mini-documentaries, each spotlighting local people and organizations working on various dimensions of cultivating sustainable community.


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