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2017 L.E.A.D. Incoming Student Applicant Form

What is L.E.A.D. (Linking Education and Diversity)?

L.E.A.D Orientation is a multicultural student supplemental orientation program designed to create fellowship among students and families of historically underrepresented backgrounds and to help ease the students in their transition to Appalachian State University.

L.E.A.D. orientation was created and is hosted by the Office of Multicultural Student Development staff and students in the interest of incoming multicultural students. It is a supplement to, and does not replace the Freshman/Transfer Orientation program that occurs in the summer, hosted by the Orientation Office. Every student is required to attend First Year Orientation. You must register for First Year (Freshman/Transfer) Orientation and attend. Please ensure you are signed up;

Below is a general description of each day of the program:

Day One: L.E.A.D students arrive and are allowed to move in early to their respective residence halls. Multicultural Student Development staff and L.E.A.D Guides will greet and assist with move in. Students and family members will have lunch with L.E.A.D Guides (current students), faculty, and staff to learn about the many programs and opportunities available for multicultural students.  After lunch there will be an opportunity for family and friends to bid farewell to their students and depart. After this time, students will have two panels, one with current student leaders and one with faculty members, where they can ask various questions about the on-campus experience and what to expect as an incoming student. This will be followed by dinner, an educational session, and campus/academic tours to aid students in familiarizing themselves with campus and where their classes will be once the semester begins. The first day is designed to foster skills and strategies for being successful at Appalachian and prepare students for a rewarding experience.

Day Two: Students will have breakfast and then take the morning to complete a community exploration where they get to know more about the area surrounding campus. This includes local shops, restaurants, and venues. They will eat lunch from a local restaurant and after lunch they will participate in a group interaction course designed to build skills working in a team and allow for participants to build stronger connections with one another. After the course, there will be a panel consisting of representatives from campus offices that could aid them in their success on campus. Such offices includes Career Development, Wellness & Prevention Services, Office of International Education and Development, and more. This provides an opportunity for the students to connect with staff and ask questions they may have about each office. Following the panel will be dinner, a closing activity, and optional evening activity. This day is designed for participants to become more familiar with one another, the community, and campus resources.

Day Three: The third day is Thursday, August 17th for both sessions. This day all participants will spend the day together. The day begins with breakfast and then participants will spend the morning volunteering to set up The BIG Sale, an annual service event presented by our campus ACT (Appalachian & the Community Together) Office. Participants will then be taken via coach bus to a local park where they will have lunch and some free time to play soccer, croquet, Frisbee, etc. Non physical activities will also be provided for those who may prefer to hang out in the pavilion. This park also has many walking trails and participants are free to explore those as well. After free time, the participants will then be taken by bus to the local Walmart where they can purchase any beginning of the year items (toiletries, food, storage containers, etc.). They will then be brought back to campus where they can take their items back to their rooms before dinner. All participants will then meet for dinner with the Residence Hall Association, so they can learn about ways to get involved where they live. After dinner, participants will then attend our App to Z Student Organization Fair where they can learn the many ways to get involved on campus and walk away with some freebies as well! This day is designed to help students understand the various ways they can get involved on campus once the academic year begins.

Dates:   Session I               August 14, 15 & 17, 2017


              Session II              August 16, 17 &18, 2017

Cost: No charge for this program. Students move-in early and meals are provided for the duration of the orientation program.

NOTE: Please be aware if you are mandated to participate in any type of early orientation program for Residential Colleges (Watauga), scholarships, mentor programs, etc which may conflict with this. Before signing up, if you have questions about the dates, special accommodations, or questions about how to participate in both, please contact Lindy Wagner, to discuss the possibilities. 

Please complete the form below to register for L.E.A.D Orientation. Please use your email address as this is how we will correspond with you prior to your arrival on campus. There are a limited amount of spots, so please sign up early. You will be notified of your acceptance into the program by Friday, July 14. If you are not initially accepted, you may be placed on a wait list  status. That notification will also happen on Friday, July14.

Should you have any questions please email Lindy Wagner at

This form closed on July 28, 2017 3:00 PM EDT