On-campus resources

Here’s a list of on and off-campus to assist students, faculty and staff who are feeling a direct impact, or are working to understand the landscape related to matters of immigration and international scholarship and research. There’s also a list of potential legal resources. Please be aware these are not official recommendations, simply places to begin your own research.

Academic Affairs

Managing challenges in the classroom? Not sure how to approach a topic that has become high profile and politically charged? Wish you understood what “the administration” is doing about all this or why decisions are being made the way they are? Academic Affairs has a wealth of resources, including Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Dr. Sue Edwards, who incidentally, has decades of classroom experience in addition to her administrative role, and some intimate experience with the U.S. immigration process, as well.

Office of the Chancellor

Chancellor Sheri N. Everts and her cabinet administer the overall functionality of the institution. You can read all of her official communications to campus and public addresses here, and learn who sits on the cabinet here.

Counseling resources

Trying to process all the national and local dialogue? Is it taking a toll? This is not unusual. Talking it through with someone who can offer solutions to manage stress can make a huge difference in your quality of life – and in the quality of life of those who live and work with you. Here’s where you can go:
Counseling for faculty and staff
Counseling for students

Dean of Students

Your one-stop-shop for assistance if you are a student, or if you need help supporting a student. The Dean’s office makes connections across the entire campus to provide assistance or respond to problems faced by students.

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

Key demographic statistics, diversity initiatives, campus-wide programming and useful resources.

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance

Also knows as EDC, this office guides and monitors search and hiring procedures, affirmative action and equal opportunity compliance, recruitment and admission strategies, and the exit interview process when employees leave Appalachian. They also investigate and bring to resolution complaints about unlawful or impermissible harassment or discrimination from any member of the university community.

Additionally, they provide workshops in harassment prevention and responsible human relations to any on- or off-campus classes, organizations, departments or units.

Office of General Counsel

The office that provides legal services for Appalachian so the institution remains in compliance with applicable local, state, federal and international laws; assists in achieving institutional goals within the framework of state and federal laws, and policies and plans adopted by the Board of Governors; and provides education and training to Appalachian officers and employees to prevent or resolve disputes affecting university operations. Note that this does not necessarily mean the university’s legal counsel represents faculty, staff and students. There are, however, other resources for that – see Student Legal Services, Employee Assistance, and The Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance information in this section.

Office of International Education and Development

The primary resource for members of the Appalachian Community who have questions. Whether what you want to know is casual or very specific, OIED is here to help.

Open Door

This is an informal group of Appalachian Community members who commit to be open and welcoming to everyone. A visible emblem signifies that those who display it on their office or window commit to reducing limitations on thought, belief and community and will welcome anyone who enters their space.

Office of the Registrar

This is who you call when you need a transcript, or are trying to find out information about graduation or your GPA. It’s also the office that manages student directory information.

Student Legal Clinic

Free, confidential legal advice, information and referrals provided by a licensed attorney. While immigration law is a specialty area, this is a good place for students with questions to get started.

Off-campus resources

American Immigration Council

AIC is a non-profit immigrant advocacy organization that works to shape legal policy, advocate for immigrants and educate Americans on the value immigrants bring to our society.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

The government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. Their website is packed with information, and includes an enhanced search “chat” feature called Emma.

The University of North Carolina University Council on International Programs

Reporting through the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, UCIP’s mission is to: advise President Spellings on international matters and policies influencing the support and operation of international programs and global readiness, and coordinate the University’s diverse international efforts to meet the growing needs associated with preparing students and citizens of North Carolina for the 21st century. Each campus’ senior international officers sit on the council.

Department of Homeland Security

Find out information about applying for a passport, traveling across borders, becoming a U.S. citizen, the terrorism advisory system, locating ports of entry, adopting a child internationally, and a host of other information.

Exit USA

An organization made up of former members of the white power movement dedicated to helping individuals leave the white power movement and start building a new life.

Immigration Impact

A project of the American Immigration Council, Immigration Impact provides the most recent updates on the President’s March 6 Executive order status, as well as due process and humanitarian protection information, and a handy guide called “Immigration 101.”

Immigrant Justice

A committee of the Watauga NAACP branch, the Immigrant Justice Committee: works closely with the local Latino/Latinx community; maintains communication and reports regularly on actions of deportation, intimidation and discrimination; builds, cultivates and maintains positive relationships between the local immigrant community and local law enforcement; and solicits community leaders to assist in carrying out programs and monthly potlucks.

Life After Hate

Life After Hate, Inc., created by former members of the American violent far-right extremist movement, works with individuals who wish to leave a life of hate and violence, and helps organizations (community, educational, civic, government, etc.) grapple with the causes of intolerance and racism.

U.S. Department of State

Also known as the State Department. You can find the latest information about visas and status changes here.

Legal resources

American Immigration Lawyers Association

A national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members. They maintain a database of approved attorneys you can access here: http://www.ailalawyer.org/

Immigration Advocates Network

A collaborative effort of leading immigrants' rights organizations designed to increase access to justice for immigrants and strengthen the capacity of organizations serving them. Provides free, easily accessible and comprehensive online resources and tools, including a list of all nonprofit organizations that provide immigration services, organized by state.

Immigration attorneys serving Watauga County

A directory of immigration attorneys and law firms serving Watauga County.


A searchable online directory of free or low-cost nonprofit immigration legal services providers in all 50 states. Users can search for organizations by state, county, areas and types of legal assistance provided, populations served and languages spoken.

International House’s Immigration Law Clinic

Provides legal assistance in immigration matters to low-income individuals and families of all nationalities living in the Greater Charlotte area.

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont

Located in Charlotte, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont offers a wide range of civil legal assistance to low-income people in the Charlotte metropolitan area and west-central NC.

National Immigration Law Center

One of the leading advocacy organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

Pisgah Legal Services

Located in Asheville, Pisgah Legal Services provides legal assistance and advocacy to help low-income people in Western North Carolina.

Southern Poverty Law Center

Advocacy organization dedicated to using litigation, education and other forms of advocacy in pursuit of the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity.