Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Walker College Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 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 DEI 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

February 22 Courageous Conversation to focus on

February 22 Courageous Conversation to focus on "The View from Junaluska"

The Walker College of Business’ spring 2023 Courageous Conversation will be about The View from Junaluska: Perspectives from a Black Appalachia...

Lakshmi Iyer, second from left, at Devi Ahilya University in Indore, India

Lakshmi Iyer speaks at international conference on transdisciplinary research

Dr. Lakshmi Iyer, the Walker College of Business' Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research, was the chief guest at two-day confe...

App State, Prospanica partner for inclusive excellence

App State, Prospanica partner for inclusive excellence

Appalachian State University is partnering with Prospanica to increase the number of qualified Hispanic students applying for their MBA in the Walker ...

Members of the first Business For Good Residential Learning Center (RLC) are pictured in Peacock Hall’s Department of Management

App State business students live and learn in Business for Good community

First-generation college students, in particular, face barriers in the early years of their higher education journeys.To help retain these important m...

Pictured, from left to right, are App State’s Dr. Steven Leon, Dr. Lakshmi Iyer and Dr. Jason Xiong.

5 faculty teams awarded 2022 Chancellor’s Innovation grants for projects at App State

BOONE, N.C. — The 2022 Chancellor’s Innovation Scholars have been announced, with five teams of Appalachian State University faculty receiving up ...


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  • We are Walker Scholarship [Information] NEW
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  • RMI Inclusive Excellence Recruitment Dinner [ Register ]
  • Cross Recruitment Efforts with the Office of Admissions

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, Equity and Inclusion Events