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 Leads Info Session for App State Athletics Group on Insurance in Sports

The Brantley Center is working with student athletes at Appalachian State University and exposing them to the insurance industry and its career opport...

Outreach and Support Following Chauvin Conviction

The nation has closely watched the proceedings of the trial against Derek Chauvin for the unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and...

Markel Specialty Announces Jacqueline Salinas as First Ever Markel Specialty Scholar

Join us in congratulating Jacqueline Salinas, the first recipient of the Markel Specialty Scholarship. The scholarship sponsored by Markel Specialty i...

Brantley Center Sponsors AppRIMI Internship Program

The Brantley Risk and Insurance Center is proud to sponsor the first-ever on-campus Appalachian State Risk & Insurance Management Internship (AppR...

Dr. Jamie Parson Speaks on Importance of Inclusivity in the Classroom During App1800 Interview

The 90.5 WASU FM radio station recently had Dr. Jamie Parson—Appalachian State Professor in the Finance, Banking and Insurance department—on their...

A Message of Support for Asian Americans

In the wake of the killing of six Asian Americans in Atlanta on March 16, and the wave of xenophobia experienced by the Asian American community durin...