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Community Action Projects

Diversity Leaders Initiative Community Action Projects

As part of the program, DLI participants work in small groups to identify and develop real solutions for real issues facing their communities. These community action projects bond participants together and help build stronger communities throughout South Carolina. Capstone groups meet between classes to develop their projects, and the DLI program culminates on day five with group presentations of them.

Among the 160 projects (as of summer of 2014) are ones that create safe summers for underserved children in Charleston; team with high school students in Summerton to break down racial barriers and foster service leadership, and bring bikes, mentorship and adventure to at-risk youth in the Upstate.

These projects have been categorized by subject for your perusal. You may either choose a particular subject or the full listing of "All Projects" from the left.

As part of the celebration of DLI’s tenth anniversary, DLI creator and facilitator Juan Johnson and photojournalist Jean Shifrin created UNITE South Carolina, a special edition publication which tells the story of ten DLI community action projects that are helping build better communities throughout the state. Featured initiatives include creating safe summers for underserved children in Charleston; helping high school students in Summerton break down racial barriers and foster service leadership; bringing bikes, mentorship and adventure to at-risk youth in the Upstate; and more.

For more information call Megan Dodgens, Manager of Diversity Leadership Programs at 864.294.3253 or megan.dodgens@furman.edu.