Community of Appalachian Student Leaders (CASL)


The Community of Appalachian Student Leaders (CASL) aims to connect and engage students from the Appalachian region with a community of students, faculty, and staff from the region while working towards developing our academic, professional, and leadership skills. The program is in its second year and has increased student community through peer support and sharing our experiences from this rich region. We hope to to develop outreach and education programs that will challenge others on the Ohio State campus to learn more about our Appalachian students.

Goal of CASL

Through a combination of group activities, social gatherings, workshops, and leadership opportunities, CASL aims to strengthen the network of Appalachian students at Ohio State while providing all students involved with the resources to develop as professionals, scholars, and leaders on campus. We will meet twice a month and discuss things such as Appalachian identity, leadership identity models, dialect pride, transitioning from rural spaces to higher education, cultural appreciation, Appalachian history, applying to graduate school, and more. We’ll also have opportunities for students to participate in outreach with high schools in southern and southeastern Ohio to help students think about applying to OSU and how to navigate the application process and challenges of transitioning to a Big 10 university in a large metropolitan area.


In 2016-2017, we had 60 students representing 24 of Ohio’s 32 Appalachian County and two students from West Virginia. Through a combination of small group activities, social gatherings, and leadership opportunities, CASL aims to strengthen the network of students from the Appalachian region at Ohio State, while providing one another the resources to develop as professionals, scholars, and leaders on campus.
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Below are excerpts from students who are committed to our community on campus:

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Questions? 
If you have any questions about the program or would like to learn more, please contact us at casl@osu.edu or email one of the officers!