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.

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.

Initiatives

  • The Defamation Experience October 22 [Information]
  • Courageous Conversations Panel Discussion November 5 [ Information ]
  • RMI Inclusive Excellence Recruitment Dinner [ Register ]
  • Cross Recruitment Efforts with the Office of Admissions
  • Professional Attire Request Form [ New Request ]

Diversity & Inclusion Town Hall - August 20, 2020

Updates from the Inclusive Excellence Team

Markel Specialty Establishes RMI Scholarship at Appalachian State

Markel Specialty Establishes RMI Scholarship at Appalachian State

The Markel Specialty leadership group recently established a $5,000 scholarship at Appalachian State that is geared toward increasing Diversity & ...

BIT Program aims to develop insurance talent in students from underrepresented groups

BIT Program aims to develop insurance talent in students from underrepresented groups

The Brantley Center for Risk Management & Insurance, housed in the Walker College of Business' Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance, is of...

App State to offer (Re-Imagined) HR Summit October 13-16

App State to offer (Re-Imagined) HR Summit October 13-16

Appalachian State University's Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management (IOHRM) program will host a (Re-Imagined) HR Summit ...

Walker College Inclusive Excellence team to host Diversity & Inclusion Virtual Town Hall on Aug. 20, seeks input to inform diversity, equity and inclusion action plan

Walker College Inclusive Excellence team to host Diversity & Inclusion Virtual Town Hall on Aug. 20, seeks input to inform diversity, equity and inclusion action plan

The Walker College of Business (WCOB) at Appalachian State University is seeking input from its business students, faculty and staff members to inform...

Management professor to serve as scholarship of diversity, equity and inclusion panelist for first Virtual Research Forum

Management professor to serve as scholarship of diversity, equity and inclusion panelist for first Virtual Research Forum

Appalachian State University's Office of Research will host the first Virtual Research Forum to engage faculty members in research-related conversatio...

WCOB Diversity and Inclusion Calendar