Pathways to Diversity
This week we welcomed more than 19,000 Mountaineers to campus — a body of students reflective of our greater society, alike in their desire to achieve and diverse in their opinions, beliefs and backgrounds.
Developing a more diverse and inclusive campus is not a new concept at Appalachian. The university has worked formally since the mid-90s to bring attention and respect to previously marginalized groups. At 16 percent ethnically diverse, we have seen a steady increase in the diversity of our student population over the past 10 years.
I would especially invite students, staff and faculty new to our campus to visit the Multicultural Center in Appalachian’s Plemmons Student Union. A few diversity and inclusion initiatives you might find of interest:
- The Homecoming weekend dedication of the National Pan-Hellenic Council Plots and Gardens, a long-anticipated gathering space for our African-American sororities and fraternities.
- The Chancellor’s Student Advisory Board for Diversity Recruitment.
- The Inclusive Excellence team that is part of our Center for Academic Excellence (CAS), which supports faculty as they incorporate diversity and inclusion into curricula and personal interactions.
You will find more information, resources and opportunities to participate on the Diversity and Inclusion website.
Monday, Aug. 27, one of the nation’s recognized experts in strategic diversity leadership, youth development, corporate responsibility and organizational change, Dr. Damon Williams, will give a public, TED Talk-style presentation on Appalachian’s campus.
Dr. Williams’ public talk will be followed by private sessions with a variety of university groups designed to explore pathways to diversity, equity, inclusion and change. The CAS has arranged for special Inclusive Excellence Institute open-door sessions with Dr. Williams for students, staff and faculty during his time on campus.
Your university is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of our students, faculty and staff — an inclusive campus, diverse in thoughts, perspectives and cultures, is crucial to our abilities to learn, think and grow. I am proud to lead an institution where all Mountaineers are valued, respected and supported.
Sheri Everts, Chancellor