What is diversity? In Appalachian State University's Plan for Diversity, the word "diversity" encompasses the myriad aspects of humanity that make us who we are. Diversity is inclusive, not exclusive; therefore, it embraces and advances knowledge of difference, while also recognizing and celebrating our similarities. Diversity is the manifestation of difference within a community that includes, but is not limited to, race/ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, spiritual values, creed, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, and sexual orientation, as well as economic and educational background, geographic location, and pedagogical systems. The university recognizes the significance of fostering and nurturing a living and learning environment conducive to and promoting awareness, respect, knowledge and understanding. In the continued positive evolution of the academy, diversity is recognized as an essential binding agent in the interdisciplinary approach to education, as well as in the greater life experience.

On these pages are resources exploring many of the aspects of diversity named above.