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

App State professor awarded ADVANCE grant to foster gender equity in information technology

App State professor awarded ADVANCE grant to foster gender equity in information technology

BOONE, N.C. — A persistent gap exists between the number of men and women in the information technology (IT) field: At colleges and universities acr...

Dr. Jamie Parson has been named the interim chief diversity officer for Appalachian State University, effective May 10.

Dr. Jamie Parson named interim chief diversity officer at App State

BOONE, N.C. — Dr. Jamie Parson has been named interim chief diversity officer at Appalachian State University, effective May 10.Parson is an assista...

Salinas named first recipient of Markel Speciality Scholarship

Salinas named first recipient of Markel Speciality Scholarship

Jacqueline Salinas has been named the first recipient of the Markel Specialty Scholarship.The scholarship, sponsored by Markel Specialty, is ...

Dr. Jamie Parson on the importance of inclusivity in the classroom

Dr. Jamie Parson on the importance of inclusivity in the classroom

The 90.5 WASU FM radio station recently had Dr. Jamie Parson—Appalachian State Professor in the Finance, Banking and Insurance department—on their...

Beta Alpha Psi earns 'Investing in Your Community' Award

Beta Alpha Psi earns 'Investing in Your Community' Award

Appalachian State University's Epsilon Kappa chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) -- an international honorary organization for financial information stude...

Initiatives

  • 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