Graduate Assistantships

Interested in a career in Higher Education?

Multicultural Student Development offers assistantships in each of the three student-led outreach centers: the LGBT Center, Multicultural Center and Women’s Center. We aspire to contribute to a campus-wide conversation that advances the University’s commitment to an inclusive learning environment for everyone.


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The LGBT Center

The LGBT Center is 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 University.

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The Women’s Center

The Women’s Center enhances awareness of the challenges facing women on this campus and in this society, and promotes, supports, and celebrates the diverse Appalachian State University women’s community.



The Multicultural Center

The Multicultural Center provides a bridge that connects and promotes the uniqueness of various multicultural groups while encouraging respect and appreciation of the history, traditions, and culture of these diverse groups.

Graduate assistantships are offered at all three centers for 20 hours per week.

Financial Package

*divided equally among fall & spring semesters; subject to change.

 Stipend $9,000 per year*
In-State Tuition Scholarship $4,040 per year*
Parking $204
Professional Development $300
Total Package $13,544

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Visit  for more information on assistantships in the division of Student Development.


Graduate Assistants

Working in Multicultural Student Development has provided me an opportunity to work with such a diverse group of students, from racial, ethnic and religious minorities, to students in the LGBT community. I am constantly learning new perspectives every day. The supportive environment provided by MSD allows me to grow as a person while also challenging me as a professional. I am grateful for the opportunity to work as a graduate assistant in Multicultural Student Development at Appalachian State!

Sarah Magness
LGBT Graduate Assistant 2013-2015

MSD has given me the opportunity to understand what it means to truly care for a person; not their "label" or their "identity," but them as a human being. I am so proud and in awe of the students I work with and the people we are helping one another to become.

Melanie Weast
Women’s Center Graduate Assistant 2013-2015

Coming into this position, I knew I was passionate about multiculturalism and working with a diverse group of students, but what I did not know was how much I was going to grow and develop from this position.  By taking the opportunities that were presented by MSD, I know that I have become professionally prepared for finding a job in Multicultural Student Affairs.

Samantha Beskin
Multicultural Center Graduate Assistant 2012-2014

Working in MSD provided many professional development opportunities and the ability to work with a diverse group of students.  You are truly able to put into practice what you are learning in the classroom.  Working with MSD really launched me into my first professional job.  The support from all of the MSD staff was encouraging.  I had never worked for a group of individuals that wanted to see me be as successful professionally and personally as they did.

Ellen Hartman, Assistant Director of Student Conduct
Appalachian State University
Women’s Center Graduate Assistant 2006-2008

If you want a good educational experience, you can go just about anywhere. If you want a great educational experience and a rewarding professional development opportunity, you will find that at Appalachian State University’s Office of Multicultural Student Development. That experience largely prepared me for my current role as Director and added stepping stones to my personal development. Expectations are high, challenges will be there, but you will find a community offering support and being your biggest cheerleader. I am Appalachian. Appalachian is me. Thankful for MSD for showing me that.

Kinyata Brown, Director for Multicultural Student Life
Winthrop University
Multicultural Center Graduate Assistant 2006-2007

I had an excellent experience as a graduate assistant with MSD. I learned so much working with students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Whether it was planning Find Yosef A Holiday, welcoming new students to campus during LEAD Orientation, or spending time with my volunteers in the Multicultural Center, working with the awesome students at Appalachian made this a fulfilling experience for me. The staff were also really supportive and helped me to grow as a young professional; assigning real projects, giving guidance, and providing constructive feedback.
The things I learned as a graduate assistant in the Office of Multicultural Student Development have truly helped to shape my work with students today and will continue to do so well into the future.

Jeffrey Cross, Program Coordinator for NPHC and Student Involvement
University of Louisville
Multicultural Center Graduate Assistant 2010-2012

Contact Us


Office of Multicultural Student Development

Suite 255, Plemmons Student Union
263 Locust Street
Boone, NC 28608

Central Office Hours:
M-F: 8am - 5pm

Phone: (828) 262-6158
Fax: (828) 262-6155

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