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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


For the Upstate Class Schedule, click here.

For the Midlands Class Schedule, click here.

For the ConnectionsSCTMclick here.

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

UNITE South Carolina –
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

Upstate diversity leaders were honored Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at the 12th Annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner presented by Denny’s Corporation. The event, hosted by the Greenville Chamber and the Riley Institute at Furman, in partnership with Upstate Chambers, recognized organizations and individuals for outstanding achievement in promoting diversity and inclusion in Upstate South Carolina.

The 2016 award selection committee received an impressive number of nominations, which confirms that people in the Upstate continue to care about diversity issues and want to recognize those who are role models for promoting inclusivity and equality.

The event featured keynote speaker John L. S. Simpkins, General Counsel for the United States Agency for International Development. Prior to joining USAID in July of 2015, he served for two years as the Deputy General Counsel in the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Awards were presented to recognize three individuals, three organizations and one K-12 school for their outstanding achievement in promoting diversity in the Upstate.

Award Winners:

Calder D. Ehrmann Outstanding Individual Award: Baxter Wynn
K-12 School - William “Bill” T. Wylie Valued Lives Award for School Excellence in Diversity: Oakland Elementary School
Outstanding High School Student Award: Roann Abdeladi
Outstanding College Student Award: Justus Cox
Outstanding Nonprofit Organization Award: Law Enforcement and Community Relations Task Force in Anderson, SC
Outstanding Business Award: The South Carolina Airports Coalition
Outstanding Contribution to International Diversity Award: Riverside High School

Read more about recent DLI Riley Fellows and upcoming events