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The Riley Institute at Furman University is pleased to announce its newest staff member, Katie Quine, who joined the Institute on March 30. Quine will serve the Marketing & Communications Manager directing all marketing efforts and helping to raise the profile of the Institute's core programs. Read More

Tenth Annual Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC  Award. Submissions for the 2020 WhatWorksSC Award are being accepted until June 12, 2020. Learn More and Apply

Read about the Riley Institute's 20th Anniversary Celebration!

Advantage Scholars 2020

September 1, 8 and 15: StraightTalk

September 7-11: Allison Riggs, Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow

November 12Tenth Annual Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award

November 17Sixteenth Annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards, Gunter Theatre, Peace Center. Please register here. 



Catch up on DLI alums’ professional achievements and honors, and get community action project updates! Click on the image.



February 26: Angela Maria Kelley, Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow

February 7: Law & Society  

January 14: Wilkins Leadership Awards Dinner

November 12Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award

October 19, 10 amAdvance Team alumni breakfast

October 6-11White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship 2019-20

October 3Riley Institute's 20th Anniversary Celebration

September 18, 4 pmConstitution Day

August 29, Sept 5 and 12StraightTalk: Nationalist Fervor on the Rise in the U.S. and Europe. 

July 12-19: Teachers of Government (TOG) 2019 - Greenville, SC and Washington, DC.

Check our calendar for all events at the Riley Institute including the Diversity Leaders Initiative and the Center for Education Policy and Leadership




Frontline Fellows: Q&A with Roland Gardner and Faith Polkey of Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Community Health Services

Committed to progress in South Carolina, fellows of The Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI) seek to develop real solutions for real social issues. As the COVID-19 outbreak has drastically changed the way we live, these state leaders are quickly adapting the ways they support the communities they serve. We’re shining the spotlight on their exemplary leadership during this unprecedented time in our new Frontline Fellows series.

In this interview, we speak with two leaders at Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Community Health Services, Chief Executive Officer Roland Gardner and Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Faith Polkey. Both Riley Fellows, Gardner and Polkey shed light on the challenges that lie ahead for community health centers like their own as well as the actions they’re taking to protect vulnerable patients and keep their clinics in operation. Read More

See all Frontline Fellows interviews

COVID-19 Conversations: Rep. Neal Collins on South Carolina’s Response Efforts

As South Carolina moves toward reopening, legislators like Rep. Neal Collins are weighing concerns on both sides of an intensifying debate about public health and the economy.

Collins, a 2004 Furman graduate who represents District 5, speaks with Advance Team members about what the state is doing to expand testing and meet the needs of students and teachers as well as communities of color. Read More

Watch other episodes of COVID-19 Conversations here

Application Deadline Extended: Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award

Our South Carolina public educators continue to make a difference in the lives of children, and The Riley Institute believes it is as important as ever to honor their work. 

Given current circumstances, we have extended the application deadline to June 12 for the 2020 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award.

Tell us: How has your data-supported public education initiative made an impact in the community? You could win a $10,000 cash prize to be awarded at a special ceremony on November 12 in Columbia.

Learn More and Apply