Brantley Center - Inclusive Excellence



Diversity & Inclusion Matter

The Brantley Risk & Insurance Center is a physical space and a learning community in which all are welcome and respected. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is an opportunity for us all, and a diverse and culturally proficient student body is fundamental to preparing the next generation of insurance leaders to overcome the complex challenges in the industry. The Brantley Center is committed to supporting students from underserved and underrepresented backgrounds pursuing Risk Management and Insurance, Actuarial Science, and Employee Benefits degrees through financial support, mentoring, and professional development opportunities.

Past Initiatives & Future Planning

In 2018 the Brantley Center revitalized a previous program from 2010 called Building Insurance Talent. Over the last few years, this program has evolved into a robust initiative to attract, support, and retain diverse talent to the risk management major, actuarial science, and employee benefits programs. The initiative is comprised of several parts including:

  • A semester-long exploratory experience for first-year and sophomore students

  • Annual recruitment dinner

  • Conference attendance

  • Executive Mentoring

  • Scholarships

Please explore this page to sign up for current initiatives, read about Brantley Center programming, or develop your understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion in the insurance industry.

Diversity & Inclusion News

Brantley Center Strives to Address Diversity Gap

In a January article by Amy O’Connor, Insurance Journal highlighted vital issues within insurance: The “diversity gap” and allyship within the i...

Browne Selected as International Top 5 Finalist in A.M. Best Student Challenge

Congratulations to junior finance & banking and risk & insurance dual major Madison Browne for being selected as an international Top 5 Finali...

Appalachian Students Compete in the 2020 National African American Insurance Association National Talent Competition

Three Appalachian State College of Business students, Kyndavee Bichara, William Chisholm, and Sasha Sterling participated in the 2020 National African...

Travelers Continues Strategic Partnership at Appalachian State Focused on Diversity & Inclusion Efforts

Travelers recently continued its Strategic Partnership with the Appalachian State Brantley Risk & Insurance Center,  a development announced ...

Markel Specialty Establishes RMI Scholarship at Appalachian State

The Markel Specialty leadership group recently established a $5,000 scholarship at Appalachian State that is geared toward increasing Diversity & ...

An Important Message from the Brantley Center at Appalachian State University

Dear Brantley Center Community,We want to express not only our sadness and outrage regarding the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor...