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Spring DLI Classes:

To view the press release on the Upstate Spring 2015 Class XIX, click here.

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May 27: Upstate Class XIX, Class V, Community Action Project Presentations; Breakfast served at 8:30 am; Presentations 9:00-2:30 pm; Furman University: Melvin and Dollie Younts Conference Center

June 4: Midlands Class VIII, Class IV; Community Action Project Presentations; Breakfast Served at 8:30 am; Presentations 9:00-2:30pm at the Columbia Conference Center, 169 Laurelhurst Avenue, Columbia, SC


Upstate XIX Spring 2015 

Midlands VIII Spring 2015


The Rev. Darian Blue roots for the people that others give up on. He doesn’t give up on them because others didn’t give up on him. Greenville News

UNITE South Carolina –
Celebrating Ten Years of DLI

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11th Annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

This year's speaker was Bill Barnet, CEO of Barnet Development Corporation and former mayor of Spartanburg.

At this year’s event, we celebrated the legacy of Calder Ehrmann for his unwavering commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the Upstate. As one of the event’s founders and namesake of the Calder D. Ehrmann Outstanding Individual award, we are deeply grateful for Calder’s service and are honored to celebrate his life.

Award Winners:

Calder D. Ehrmann Outstanding Individual: Serita Acker, director of Women in Science and Engineering Program, Clemson University

Outstanding High School Student: Carlos Pineda, Mauldin High School
Honorable MentionOutstanding High School Student categoryR.J. Rogers, Blue Ridge High School

Outstanding College StudentJonathan Kubakundimana, Furman University

Outstanding Non-Profit OrganizationUnited Way of Greenville County (accepted by Ted Hendry, Jeremy Master, Sean Dogan, Adela Mendoza, Cynthia Chance and Yvonne Reeder)
Honorable Mention, Outstanding Non-Profit OrganizationGreenville Technical College

Outstanding Business: Denny’s Corporation (accepted by John Miller, Jill Van Pelt, Wally Harris, Deanna Banister, Scott Melton, April Kelly-Drummond, and Michelle Hunt)

Outstanding Contribution to International DiversityJoy Duer, Eastside High School

K-12 School: William “Bill” T. Wylie Valued Lives Award for School Excellence in DiversityLegacy Charter School (accepted by Fred Crawford)

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