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May 4: Upstate Class IV; Breakfast served at 8:30 am; Class 9:00-4:30 pm; AnMed Health (Women’s and Children’s Hospital), 2000 East Greenville Street, Anderson

May 10: Midland Class IV; Breakfast Served at 8:30 am; Class 9:00-4:30 pm; Columbia Conference Center, 169 Laurelhurst Avenue, Columbia, SC 29210

May 11: ConnectionsSCTM Class IV; Breakfast Served at 8:30 am; Class 9:00-4:30 pm; Columbia Conference Center, 169 Laurelhurst Avenue, Columbia, SC 29210

May 17: The Twelfth Annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner, TD Convention Center, Greenville, SC. Registration for this event.


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Duke Energy Awards Riley Institute $100,000 Grant

To read the press release in its entirety, click here; for an article that appeared in the Greenville Journal, click here; Furman press release.


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

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Celebrating Ten Years of DLI

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Twelfth Annual Upstate Diversity Leadership
Awards Dinner

TD Convention Center, Greenville, SC
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Registration for this event.

This year's speaker is John Simpkins, General Counsel to the United States Agency for International Development.

Nominations are now open for the twelfth annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner, which will be held on May 17th 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.

Nomination forms

Nominations will close on midnight Friday April 22, 2016.

Submit the completed form by mail to:

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

Or send by fax to 864.294.2492, attention Megan Dodgens
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