Diversity & Inclusion

Walker College Inclusive Excellence

The Walker College of Business is committed to promoting an inclusive environment for all Appalachian business faculty, staff and students to enhance their cross-cultural and community leadership and engagement. 

We foster a culture that values diversity and we intentionally include people and perspectives from diverse cultures, worldviews, backgrounds, traditions and ways of life. 

We know that diversity takes many forms, including, but not limited to, diversity of Age, (Dis)ability, Cultural Background, Educational Background, Gender Expression, Gender Identity, Geographical Region, National Origin, Neurodiversity, Race and Ethnicity, Religion, Sexual Orientation/Sexuality, Socioeconomic Status/Social Class and Veteran Status. 

We believe organizations that value people from a multitude of backgrounds have a competitive advantage in global industry and that business can empower change on a grand scale when guided by just, inclusive and equitable principles.

We aspire to provide a welcoming and empowering home for every business student, faculty and staff member, where all 1) value diverse perspectives, 2) acknowledge societal injustices toward marginalized groups, 3) recognize and overcome our own biases and 4) use our talents and skills to create a more inclusive and just society.

Support & Solidarity

A message of support for Asian Americans

In the wake of the killing of six Asian Americans in Atlanta on March 16, and the wave of xenophobia experienced by the Asian American community durin...

Walker College shares statement of solidarity, working to help eradicate systemic racism

Led by members of their Inclusive Excellence (IE) team, the faculty and staff of the Walker College of Business recently shared a statement of solidar...

Inclusive Excellence Team

The Inclusive Excellence Team is composed of Walker College of Business faculty, staff and students who advise college administrators on diversity and inclusiveness opportunities and needs within the college. The WCOB IE Team also looks at comparative and aspirational programs to benchmark seeking to make the college a leader at the university in pursuing inclusive excellence.

Inclusive Excellence News

From left, annual Fall BIG Interest Meeting, Courtney Prevette

Bowden Investment Group's November Update

The Bowden Investment Group has released its November update, which provides an overview of the Bowden Fund portfolio, and reports on recruitment...

Charles Johnson III, a 2021–22 Fleming Scholar from Parkton, receives his Fleming Scholars pin from Judge Gary Henderson ’92 ’94 during the Dr. Willie C. Fleming Scholarship Reception held Oct. 29 on Appalachian State University’s campus.

App State announces recipients of its Dr. Willie C. Fleming Scholarship, including intended accounting major

Four first-year students at Appalachian State University have been named recipients of the Dr. Willie C. Fleming Scholarship, a merit-based ...

L-R Moderator: Dr. Lamont Sellers, Panelists: Jawoin Williams, Dontrell Parson & Dr. Alex Howard

Walker Shared Reading Conversation on “Between the World and Me” brings book themes into personal context through unique format

On October 29, the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University hosted a conversation on it’s shared reading book, “Between the Worl...

Marketing professors explore gender and cultural competence in nursing homes

Marketing professors explore gender and cultural competence in nursing homes

Research from Appalachian State University marketing professors Ilgım Dara Benoit and Jeffrey Foreman has been recently published in the In...

Oct. 29 Shared reading event explores what it means to be Black in the US

Oct. 29 Shared reading event explores what it means to be Black in the US

The Walker College of Business invites community members to participate in a shared reading book discussion on Friday, October 29 at 1:00pm. In a...


  • Appalachian Advocates [Information] NEW
  • Courageous Conversations [ Information ]
  • We are Walker Scholarship [Information] NEW
  • Shared Reading [Information] NEW
  • RMI Inclusive Excellence Recruitment Dinner [ Register ]
  • Cross Recruitment Efforts with the Office of Admissions
  • Professional Attire Request Form [ New Request ]

We are Walker Scholarship

The “We are Walker Scholarship” is awarded to outstanding first-year intended business majors from traditionally underrepresented communities. This scholarship reflects both the value placed on fostering a vibrant community with diverse perspectives, experiences, and ideas in the Walker College of Business, and the reality that, for students from underrepresented groups, the road to success often involves overcoming obstacles that others never experience. Find more Infomation on the  We are Walker Scholarship page. 

Diversity & Inclusion Events