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The capstone project titled, Teen Achievers Champions, Upstate Spring Class XXIII, was featured on Your Carolina (click here for the video) promoting their event, “Greenville YMCA Teen Achievers Kick-Off Event,” that was held on September 28, 2017. Click here to see photos from the inaugural event. 


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Celebrating Ten Years of DLI

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Fourteenth Annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner

TD Convention Center, Greenville, SC
Thursday, May 24, 2018

This year's speaker is Juan Johnson, President of Diversity Leadership in Action and Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Riley Institute.

Nominations are now open for the fourteenth annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner, which will be held on May 24th at the TD Convention Center in Greenville.

Hosted by the Greenville Chamber and the Riley Institute at Furman in partnership with Upstate Chambers, this annual event honors individuals, schools, and organizations who exhibit leadership in promoting diversity in the Upstate.

Awards are presented in the following six categories: Individual, High School Student, College Student, Business, Nonprofit, International, and K-12 school (separate application form). To view a list of past winners, please click here.

Criteria for nominations include:

  • Nominees (individuals, organizations, and businesses) should be role models in the Upstate for promoting an inclusive work or community environment and/or for championing diversity as an important individual or organizational mission.
  • Nominees must be a current resident, organization, or business in the Upstate.
  • The Riley Institute, the Greenville Chamber, the Spartanburg Chamber, and the Anderson Chamber and their staff are not eligible for nomination.

Nomination forms

  • To read more and fill out a nomination form in Word, click here; in PDF format, click here.  
  • To nominate a K-12 school, please click here (Word) or, click here (PDF format) for more information.

Nominations will close at 4 pm Friday, March 23, 2018.

Submit the completed form by mail to:

Megan Dodgens
Director, Diversity Leadership Strategies
The Riley Institute at Furman University
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, S.C. 29613-1207

Read more about recent DLI Riley Fellows and upcoming events