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August 19: Upstate Orientation 3:00-5:00 pm; Reception 5:30-7:00 pm; Furman University in the Melvin and Dollie Younts Conference Center, 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville

August 27: Lowcountry Orientation 3:00-5:00 pm; Reception with DLI Alumni 5:00-7:00 pm; SCRA, 315 Sigma Drive, Summerville

September 9: Upstate Class I, Breakfast 8:30 am; Class 9:00-4:30 pm; Furman University in the Melvin and Dollie Younts Conference Center

September 17: Lowcountry Class I, Breakfast 8:30 am; Class 9:00-4:30pm; SCRA, 315 Sigma Drive, Summerville

March 3-5 (Thursday through Saturday)OneSouthCarolina® 2016, "Building South Carolina’s Opportunity Infrastructure," Marriott Resort and Spa on Hilton Head Island. To register, click here.


For the Upstate Class Schedule, click here.

For the Lowcountry Class Schedule, click here. 


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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The Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative has selected its 20th Class of Fellows from the Upstate and the 10th Class of Fellows from the Lowcountry; 45 incoming Upstate class members and 44 incoming Lowcountry class members will join more than 1,500 Riley Fellows from across the state to participate in DLI.

“DLI and the Riley Fellows have matured into a potent force to help move South Carolina forward,” says Dr. Don Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute. “The variety of unique experiences and perspectives that this class brings to the table is so important to the meaningful dialogue and work of DLI,” Gordon says. He says that although the class is varied in background and experience, “They have a common ability to affect change through leadership positions in their organizations and community.”

Class members meet over the course of five months in a format driven by timely, relevant case studies and other experiential learning tools designed to maximize interactions and productive relationships among participants. DLI is expertly facilitated by Juan Johnson, an independent consultant and former Coca-Cola vice president. “DLI is unique among South Carolina’s leadership programs. In addition to the opportunity to develop new relationships and take part in positive action in their communities, participants gain deep knowledge of how to effectively manage and lead increasingly diverse workers, clients and constituents,” says Johnson. 

For a complete list of participants in the Upstate, click here; in the Lowcountry, click here.


Riley Institute at Furman, Duke Energy to help advance diversity leadership in SC following Charleston shootings

Duke Energy Awards Riley Institute $100,000 Grant

In the days immediately following the tragic shootings in Charleston, S.C., many individuals and organizations asked the question: “What can we do to help?”

More than 4,000 Duke Energy employees and thousands of retirees in South Carolina asked the same of themselves, and their company.

In response, Duke’s leaders engaged in deliberate, meaningful conversations with stakeholders across the state to identify where the company could make the biggest difference and most positive impact. These discussions returned to the same theme: the best way Duke Energy can help is to promote diversity and civic participation in South Carolina. Furman’s Riley Institute is unique in that mission and the perfect partner for Duke Energy in these efforts.

With the help of $100,000 from Duke Energy and a matching grant program for Duke employees, the Riley Institute will build on two of its long-term successful leadership programs -- one aimed toward community leaders, Diversity Leaders Initiative, and one toward youth, Emerging Public Leaders. 

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

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