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Community Action Projects

Détente

The Détente capstone group’s goal was to create a sustainable relationship between Bob Jones University (BJU) and East North Street Academy (ENSA), an elementary school located a few blocks from BJU. ENSA has a complex mixture of students with over 50% of the student body being African American and nearly 20% being Hispanic. Members of Détente met with staff at BJU to present their idea of encouraging a relationship between their students and the students, families and faculty at ENSA through a mentoring and tutoring program.

DiverCity

Members of DiverCity spent time at the Greenville County Boys and Girls Club. Children ranging from preteens through older teenagers participate in after school programs at the club. The DiverCity capstone group recognized that every child spending time there was African American. The composition of their own capstone group was a owerful example for the children; the students were impressed to see such a diverse group of adults hanging out and enjoying each other.

DiverSC

DiverSC, believing that the nation has a diversity “blind spot” toward South Carolina, designed a project intended to correct the misperception that South Carolina lacks diversity or fails to value diversity. This misperception is a problem for South Carolina , as the State seeks to attract businesses, job applicants and students who value diversity. As part of the project, the group analyzed research designed to determine what others actually think of our state. One thing we learned is that many people feel they do not know a lot about South Carolina.

Diversity 101

Diversity 101 team members’ mission is to take the complex subject of diversity management and simplify the concept to a high school level. Partnering with the Bridge Builder Foundation (a youth leadership organization), Diversity 101 will host 50 young leaders at the Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) on August 27th, 2011. During YLS, Diversity 101 will introduce these young leaders to diversity management through fun student exercises, interactive case studies and open group discussion.

Diversity Docs

The Diversity Docs team studied the question of why more minorities did not participate naturally in the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce. The team conducted surveys and one-on-one interviews to study the Chamber's diversity policy and the low participation rate of minority businesses in the Chamber. They found a lack of awareness concerning the stated diversity policy of the Chamber as well as a reluctance of minorities to join the Chamber.

Diversity Leadership Pipeline

The Diversity Leadership Pipeline is an initiative to advance women and minorities in leadership roles in the Greenville community. As a significant step toward this goal, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce is gathering information from qualified individuals who may be interested in serving in various leadership capacities, including nonprofit and corporate boards of directors -- thanks to a survey instrument created by our DLI group that feeds into a constantly updated database.

DLIbrarians

DLIbrarians recognizes that access to books is one of the most successful ways to improve the reading achievement of children. However, according to the U.S. Department of Education, up to 61% of low‐income families do not have any books for their kids at home. Little Free Libraries (LFL) play an essential role by providing 24/7 access to books (and encouraging a love of reading!) in areas where books are scarce.

DLI-ted to Bike

DLI-ted to Bike’s project is designed to help fifteen at-risk middle schoolers to get into the flow of “bike-friendly” Greenville. The middle schoolers will be from the Sterling Community, a neighborhood that is in transition. The DLI project will help provide these students with a more intimate overview of biking, better nutrition habits; and explain how to avoid poor eating and how a lack of exercise can lead to heath problems such as obesity, diabetes and a shortened life span.

DLI Twenty Sixers

The goal of the DLI Twenty Sixers project is to provide children with autism an opportunity to interact with typically-developing children and to provide typically-developing students with an opportunity to learn about autism, to develop a relationship with an affected child, to be exposed to a potential career path and to create a sustainable project model for the Autism Academy.

Docs-Adopt in Clarendon County

The goal of the capstone project is to help to expand the Docs-Adopt Wellness Initiative to the I-95 Corridor. Docs Adopt is an initiative of MUSC’s Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness, and its mission is to form an academic and community partnership that will help the Center to understand how to best change the climate of participating schools to promote student and staff wellness and make the overall school and community environment healthier.