If you are a person who holds a marginalized identity on a campus that has traditionally been predominantly white, it can sometimes take time to find your place when first arriving here. Thankfully, Appalachian State University has some great resources on campus for students, including an active Office of Multicultural Student Development (MSD). MSD operates three different centers in the Plemmons Student Union where a variety of events and activities take place. Plus, it’s a great resource for students who seek refuge and want to just hang-out in between classes.
The Multicultural Center is one of the three centers and caters to students of any identity which have been traditionally marginalized-- identities which haven't been offered an active voice or place in society. In the past, they have hosted socials and offered workshops by staff from the Counseling Center and other on campus or local departments and businesses. Students who serve as volunteers will staff the center and always provide a smiling face.
The Women’s Center is another useful center and has been serving Appalachian since 1998. It’s a great space for women and other marginalized gender identities. Like the Multicultural Center, the Women’s Center has student volunteers staffing the center. The center hosts events such as the Walk for Awareness, the Vagina Monologues, and Rape Culture Awareness Week.
The Henderson Springs LGBT Center (also known as the LGBT Center) has a plethora of events revolving around education and supporting students who identify as LGBTQIA+. Past events have included a clothing swap for trans and non-binary folks. The center is a great space to do some studying or to stop by to learn more about LGTBQIA+ identities!