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.



Friday, September 18th: Allyship & Activism: BLM in Global Contexts hosted by Office of International Education [Register]

Sunday, September 20th, 4pm: FILM: Coded Bias, a film exploring bias in computer algorithms. [Trailor] [Sign Up]

Monday, September 21st: Deadline to complete interest from for Building Insurance Talent Program [Info] [Interest Form]

Thursday, October 1st, 4pm: Engaging Privilege, Talking about Tokenism [Info] [Registration to Come]

See the full calendar of opportunities here.


Diversity & Inclusion News

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...

Four RMI Seniors Named in WCOB Top 30

Four Appalachian State University Risk Management & Insurance (RMI) graduating Seniors were recently named as part of the 2020 Walker College of B...

Appalachian’s College of Business Students and Professor Parson Attend 2020 Big I Level Up Agent Summit

Three Appalachian College of Business majors, and Dr. Jamie Parson participated in the 2020 Big I Level Up Agent Summit on January 14-15 in New Orlean...

AppState RMI Professors and Students Attend 2019 WomenLead Symposium

Appalachian’s Walker College of Business professors Dr. Lori Medders and Dr. Jamie Parson traveled with five Risk Management & Insurance (RMI) m...