ASU Resources

Appalachian Allies

Appalachian State University is committed to fostering a learning community where the value and dignity of all persons is celebrated. Through education, advocacy programs and networking, the Appalachian Allies program exists to promote an open and affirming environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons by establishing a recognizable network of trained allies who provide support and information to the community. ANY PERSON, REGARDLESS OF ORIENTATION, CAN BE AN APPALACHIAN ALLY.

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Black Faculty and Staff Association

BFSA is committed to the ideals of higher education and academic/professional excellence. As outlined in our goal statement we strongly believe that our inclusive presence in the campus community is vitally needed in order to foster a nurturing environment designed to enhance and expand the African American presence on campus.

Center for Appalachian Studies

The Center for Appalachian Studies develops, coordinates, and facilitates curricula and programs which deal with the Appalachian region. Through study of the region's rich cultural and environmental inheritance, the Center encourages members of the university community to understand more fully the social and cultural implications of the choices they make as permanent or part-time residents and as consumers of the region's many amenities. The Center's programs also broadcast to the larger world a deeper understanding of the special needs of mountain regions both as cultural and environmental settings. It assists ASU scholars in their teaching and research about the region, so that their professional development parallels their involvements as citizens and as residents.

Counseling and Psychological Services Center

The Counseling and Psychological Services Center supports the mission of Appalachian State University and the Division of Student Development in the academic, vocational, emotional, social and cultural development of students. Services are primarily offered to students and focus on education, prevention, remediation, and crisis management. These services help students resolve personal difficulties and acquire the attitudes, abilities, and knowledge that will enable them to take full advantage of their college experience and be successful. The major activities of the Center include: individual and group counseling services, 24-hour crisis management, psychological assessment, outreach, supervision, training, teaching, consulting, research and staff development.

GLBT Online Resources

This site will be home to resources and campus organizations that may be helpful to those seeking more information about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender life at Appalachian State.

LGBT Center

Appalachian has established a center in Plemmons Student Union to serve the university's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) student population and facilitate advocacy and coordination of educational outreach, resources, referrals and support services.The LGBT Center is located next to the Women's Center in the former Yadkin River Room (room 106). Hours are Monday through Thursday: 10am - 6pm; Friday: 10am - 3pm Saturday & Sunday: Closed

LGBT Faculty & Staff

Faculty/Staff Group
Contact: Kathy Staley,

N.A.M.I. on Campus – National Alliance on Mental Illness

A student organization raising awareness and fighting stigma about mental illness. NAMI stands for National Alliance on Mental Illness. Membership in NAMI is open to ALL people who have concerns about mental illness in any of its forms, who know or care for people with mental illness, or who have mental illness themselves. membership in a caring community is sometimes the force that moves us to take action on behalf of ourselves or others. With the resources of a national organization its side, as well as the multitude of support services at ASU, N.A.M.I. on Campus is empowered to support, educate, and advocate for mental health issues at Appalachian.

Dr. Joe Daly, Faculty Advisor (

Office of Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services assists eligible students and employees with documented disabilities by providing reasonable academic or workplace accommodations. Consistent with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, it is the policy of Appalachian State University that "no qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall be excluded from, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance

Office of Multicultural Student Development

The Office of Multicultural Student Development provides advocacy, programming and cultural support to students, faculty and staff at Appalachian State University. The Office of Multicultural Student Development is located on the second floor of Plemmons Student Union.

Ombuds Office

The Ombuds office provides an independent, confidential environment for members of the Appalachian community to discuss campus related concerns or problems. The Ombuds Office holds the identity and all communications with those seeking assistance in strict confidence, and does not disclose confidential communications unless given permission to do so, except as required by law or where, in the judgment of the Ombuds, there appears to be imminent risk of serious harm.

SAGA: Sexuality and Gender Alliance

SAGA, is a non-university funded campus organization dedicated to the concerns of the GLBTQ community and awareness of diversity in general. SAGA promotes acceptance for all university and community members of every sexual orientation and gender identity through education, information, and emotional support, in an open and informal atmosphere. We strongly encourage the involvement of anyone, whether identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, or heterosexual, Appalachian affiliated or community member. SAGA engages the wider community through networking with many local community groups, both on and off campus, to sponsor a variety of social events and activities. Through these actions, we hope to eliminate discrimination and homophobia and promote understanding across the ASU campus. Student Club meets Thursdays weekly at 8 p.m. in the Strickland Conference Room in I.G. Greer.

Jason Watson, Faculty Advisor:
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Student Health Services
Appalachian State University's Student Health Service is a primary care ambulatory clinic. Students can be seen by appointment or on a walk-in basis while school is in session. The scope of service diagnosis and treatment of acute illnesses and injuries, preventive health care maintenance; interim management of chronic conditions in conjunction with the student's specialist or primary care provider, and limited mental health services.


transACTION is a new, inclusive club at ASU for transgender, transsexual, gender queer, and all other types of gender variant students, faculty, community members, and allies. The club has two parts: an activist group, which aims to educate the university and surrounding area about the needs and concerns of transgender students through events, pamphlets, performances, and round table discussions (anyone is invited to attend these meetings) and a smaller support group exclusively for trans or gender variant people who need/want to talk to others with similar issues. transACTION hopes to build a welcoming community for ASU students and the Boone community to grow and for trans students and allies to be able to embrace themselves and educate others. transACTION large group meetings are held on Thursday evenings at 6:00 pm in the Multicultural Center on the first floor of the Student Union.

Suzette Patterson, Advisor:
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Wellness Center

The Wellness Center offers programs promoting health awareness to help you make choices to facilitate development of your own good health. Services includeeducational programs and resources on nutrition, stress, sleep, sexually transmitted diseases (STD's), wellness, exercise, alcohol and drug education classes, lifestyle change programs, weight management, smoking cessation, and stress management.

Women's Center

The ASU Women's Center is a student-run organization located in Plemmons Student Union. Our mission is "to enhance awareness of the challenges facing women on this campus and in this society, and to promote, support, and celebrate the diverse Appalachian State University women's community. We strive to foster an environment that creates opportunities for the education, leadership development and personal growth of women, regardless of their background or beliefs. The Women's Center contributes to the ASU community by offering its own programs and services, collaborating with all existing entities and by working to transform discriminatory institutional structures and practices."