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Diversity Awareness

Team Leverage

Team Leverage aims to promote financial literacy especially among populations that have historically tended toward financial instability. Partnering with Origin South Carolina, Team Leverage will help people gain financial leverage over their circumstances through financial counseling. Team Leverage will make presentations at various businesses, especially sharing ideas with human resources coordinators to spread the message about financial literacy.

Team MARVEL

Diversity Inspired Youth (DIY) is an annual program designed to promote diversity, inclusion, understanding and collaboration amongst high school students in their 11th grade year. It will have, as its model, The Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative and will be targeted to high school youth in Greenville County.

Team Youth Success

DLI participants from Midlands Class V, Team Youth Success, designed and enlisted community members in implementing a program for upperclassmen at the RN Beck Learning Center, an alternative school that was established to provide a second chance for students who are expelled from their regular middle or high schools in Florence County District One. 

The Sixth Sense

Upstate Diversity Connections was formed to provide a forum for sustaining the enthusiasm and expertise of the Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative graduates once they have completed their formal diversity course requirements. The inaugural event was held November 28th, 2007, at Michelin. Former Secretary of Education Dick Riley and several local leaders spoke about their experiences in diversity management. Brock Koonce and Greenville Forward have agreed to sustain the effort and to host all subsequent events.

Through Our Eyes

The conversations that took place during the Spring 2014 Upstate DLI class were profound and impactful for this group, and created a desire to initiate similar, age-appropriate opportunities for the youth in the community. Through the 2014 IGNITE Summer Arts Camp, an annual camp offered by The Children’s Museum of the Upstate and the South Carolina Governor’s School for rising 7th and 8th graders throughout the state, the Through Our Eyes team had the opportunity to provide a unique experience.

Trailblazers

The Mary Black Rail Trail is a multi- use trail that runs through Spartanburg County. The group plans to utilize the Mary Black Rail Trail in order to build community and celebrate diversity. The goal is to celebrate some of the positive things that are already happening in Spartanburg – successes, history and where the community is going. Thirty percent of people who use the Rail Trail are minorities. The focus will be on this area because the trail brings people of different backgrounds together.

Triple A Student

The “AAA” student initiative was designed around the concept that with the right attitude and aptitude a student can excel  regardless of their background – in other words- lift his/her altitude. The purpose of the program is to provide educational opportunities to all students that will enhance the current offerings of Beaufort County School District in the areas of character development, networking skills, effective communication, conflict resolution, and problem solving techniques through such mediums as the arts and community service.  

Turning Leaf Community Impact Art Project

The Turning Leaf Project (TLP) is a program aimed in reducing recidivism amongst high risk inmates’ by helping them transition positively back into their community through the use of cognitive behavior therapy. TLP has been in search of a way to bring together current inmates participating in the program with previous victims of crime in a positive setting that promotes positive, genuine interaction.

2012 CUED In! (Calendar of Upstate Events on Diversity)

To promote diversity education and awareness, CUED-In produced a 'Diversity Calendar' for the Upstate. The calendar highlights events that bring new viewpoints, cultures, and traditions to the community. With the calendar, CUED-In hopes to give a human face to diversity through photos highlighting diverse peoples, events and even foods. This calendar promotes the inclusion and acceptance of diversity, and will be distributed across the Upstate.

Upstate Drivers

Upstate Drivers recognized a need for a forum that would allow DLI graduates to remain in contact as well as to continue promotion of diversity in South Carolina. Therefore, group members proposed the idea of forming "The Upstate of South Carolina Diversity Council," whose primary purpose would be to provide this forum that will support successful diversity management within our communities.