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1DERS: Diverse Energy for Reaching Solutions

Diverse non-profit community groups need assistance in meeting their goals. Other groups have the time and talent to assist them with their needs. Frequently, these groups are unaware of each other. With its Capstone Project, the DLI Group “1DERS” has developed a self-sustaining online conceptual vehicle – Partners For Promise – to act as a clearing house through which non-profit entities can come together to match needs and resources for the betterment of all segments of the community.

All — In

The team members of All-In worked with the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council (GCCRC), which promotes positive relationships within the community, equal opportunity and fairness for all members of the community and awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity. The GCCRC has existed for over 50 years in Columbia, but a recent survey taken showed that the community at large is not aware of the GCCRC or its significant contribution to the community.

Board Link

BoardLINK is a searchable database intended to make community service opportunities available to DLI alumnae. It is hoped this will increase Board participation and representation, particularly in local government, by DLI alumnae who appreciate the importance of diversity and can offer different perspectives on issues. BoardLINK’s intended purpose is to broaden the pool of candidates available to serve on local government boards, which may lack a diverse pool of qualified candidates.

Through this process the group have/will:

Board Link

Board Link-Lowcounry created a database to aid organizations in finding qualified and diverse candidates for board and commission appointments. Corporate, nonprofit, and governmental entities will be able to search through this database when trying to develop boards that accurately reflect the diversity of our state and nation. Board Link-Lowcountry is targeting graduates of many of the state’s prominent leaderships programs (like DLI) to take an online questionnaire that will then register these graduates into the database.

Bridge Builders (Upstate Diversity Forum)

Upstate Diversity Forum – Building Inclusive Organizations and Communities Discussions about diversity are occurring in small silos in limited industries and community organizations. Bridge Builders created the Upstate Diversity Forum to provide an opportunity for diversity leaders from private corporations, non-profit groups, and government organizations across all industries and areas of interest to discuss diversity and inclusion progress and challenges within their respective entities and the community.

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.

Guides 4 Good

“Walk in My Shoes” leverages city leadership support to allow a number of justice workers across disciplines to act as mentors to the youth enrolled in Goodwill® GoodGuides®' 52-week, school-based mentorship program. “Walk in My Shoes” also provides program enhancements at the launch of the engagement, a special neighborhood walk for the group to build greater empathy, and an incentivized “graduation” celebration upon completion of the full program for the youth and their families.

Hear Me, See Me

Hear Me, See Me engaged with the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind to explore opportunities to increase diversity within its residential Spartanburg campus.

We considered many projects proposed by administration that included racial composition of students, programs for students with cochlear implants, early childhood programs, and admissions policy of visually impaired children. Hear Me, See Me started down the path of revising the admission policy for visually impaired students with the intent of widening admission criteria to bring in low vision students that were otherwise ineligible for admission. During our due diligence we uncovered the School’s blind spot – the current educational model was antiquated and not optimal for the mission of the School and its desire to use its resources to help each child be as successful as she or he can be.

In Sync

In Sync group members examined the Anderson County Human Resources Council in order to understand and assess the success/failure of the council in achieving its objectives. They also wanted to measure the impact that the council had on the Anderson community. By conducting surveys and compiling results, group members found a strong disconnect exists between the council and the community. Also, the council is severely under-funded as well as non-representative of the Anderson population at-large.

People Plus

Team members of People Plus wanted to work with a project that would support high school students in a way that addresses some of the common challenges found in today’s school: cliques, intolerance, bullying, teasing and harassment. This past February, Greenville High School sponsored 3 day-long programs called “Challenge Day.” As a result, three hundred Greenville High School students and 100 adults (teachers, administrators and community members) came together in this program designed to empower young people and create unity.