This incoming first-year class is on course to be the most diverse ever to attend Appalachian with close to 18 percent identifying as underrepresented. Our Appalachian mission statement is clear: “We promote a spirit of inclusion… we bring people together in inspiring ways... developing individuals who embrace diversity and difference.”
I am inspired by the 10 new diversity scholarship students who will join us this fall. Their dedication to service, engagement and academic excellence is an example for us all.
In welcoming this special group, it occurs to me that on this campus, every day affords each of us an opportunity to reach out to people we do not know and to learn from their life experiences. Let’s each give an Appalachian welcome to a new face today, and every day that follows.