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November 17: Sixteenth Annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards

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Statewide Fall 2020 Class Dates

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Congratulations to Upstate Class XXIX and Midlands Class XIII

Upstate Class XXIX Riley Fellows video; read about each group's Community Action Project!

Midlands Class Xlll Riley Fellows video; read about each group's Community Action Project!

These 81 newly-minted Riley Fellows have graduated after their spring classes were adapted for a virtual setting due to COVID-19. Now more than ever, you are facing tremendous demands as leaders, and we appreciate that you have committed yourself to necessary and valuable work through DLI. We're proud of all of you!


DLI's New Fall Programming

Due to COVID-19, the Riley Institute has made several changes to its diversity programming. Out of respect for the safety of participants and staff, all classes and events are taking place virtually for the time being.

Instead of two regional DLI classes for the fall term, the virtual format allows the selection of a statewide class that will enable leaders to expand their networks across the state. Our first-ever statewide cohort kicked off its classes on October 1. Forty-six participants from across the state are engaging in complex and multi-layered discussions around the best ways to achieve mission-driven goals and positive change. They will graduate on December 17.

In response to current call for racial justice, the Riley Institute’s DLI graduate education series launched a new virtual program, “Leading in the New Reality: An Exploration of the Impact of Systemic Racism and the New Expectations of Organizations, Institutions and Leaders.” Three cohorts have been participating in the program, exploring sensitive topics and learning from one another as they lead their organizations and communities in difficult times.

Sixteenth Annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Due to the continued concern for health and safety, the awards celebration will be a virtual event that will still take place on November 17. Specific details will be announced soon.

The Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards has been a captivating event for the Upstate community since its inception in 2005. This annual event was created by the Diversity Leaders Initiative at the Riley Institute at Furman as a way to promote and celebrate diversity in the Upstate. Hosted by the Greenville Chamber and the Riley Institute at Furman in partnership with Upstate Chambers, the event joins together more than 500 Upstate business and community leaders annually.

We hope that you will join us for this event as we continue advancing diversity in the Upstate to ensure our community is an inclusive place to work and live.

Awards will be presented in the following six categories: Individual, High School Student, College Student, Business, Nonprofit, International, and K-12 school. 

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