Appalachian Advocates

Appalachian Advocates Program


The Appalachian Advocates Initiative is a program in the College of Business created to equip, expand and make visible the network of support available to members of underrepresented groups within the College of Business, our Appalachian community and the greater Boone community. Membership is open to all faculty and staff.

Quote from Dr. Fleming

"Appalachian Advocates represents an important part of the University’s overall efforts to provide transformational educational experiences for all of our students and particularly those from underrepresented populations. Your commitment to continued education on issues related to diversity and inclusion are key in this effort. Your intentional inclusion of diverse perspectives in your campus efforts, either in research and teaching as a faculty member or in your initiatives and projects as a staff member, are important building blocks to an inclusive curriculum and a welcoming campus culture."     -Dr. Willie Fleming

Advocate Actions

  • Educate myself on issues related to diversity and inclusion.

  • Be willing to serve as a mentor, informally or formally, to students from underrepresented groups.

  • Intentionally include diverse voices and perspectives in my course design(faculty).

  • Help students from underrepresented groups to navigate the university system and identify opportunities and support.

  • Advocate for the needs of students, faculty & staff from underrepresented groups.

Vision Statement

As an Appalachian Advocate:

I commit to fostering a culture that values diversity and intentionally includes people and perspectives from diverse cultures, worldviews, backgrounds, traditions and ways of life. 

I 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. 

I 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.

I 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.

Become a Member

Members will be listed on the Appalachian Advocates webpage and will be able to show their membership through use of the Appalachian Advocates Emblem. Members will also receive a letter from Dr. Willie Fleming, Chief Diversity Officer at Appalachian State University as well as special invitations to Diversity and Inclusion events on campus. Most importantly, members will play an essential role in fostering a welcoming environment for all students, faculty and staff.

Appalachian Advocates Logo Student Credit

Logo designed by Alana Maser, a Graphic Design and Commerical Photography major.